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France : Rhône-Alpes

1.3 km (0.8 miles) E of Lentigny, Loire, Rhône-Alpes, France
Approx. altitude: 345 m (1131 ft)
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Antipode: 46°S 176°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS Reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: The Hay-Bale #10: The Ceramics Shop

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  46°N 4°E (visit #6)  

#1: The Confluence from 15 m

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

17-Aug-2013 -- This confluence visit is the first out of 2 visits that I made during a week-end in France.

After work on Friday, I left Zurich by train and arrived in Roanne in the late evening after changing trains in Genève and Lyon. From Roanne train station, I measured 6.5 km to the confluence. I had taken my bicycle with me such that I could immediately paddle in direction of the confluence point. Since it was already dark, it made no sense to visit the confluence point. So I searched for a place to sleep and luckily found a high hay bale to sleep on.

The next morning with the very first daylight I woke up when a car drove into the remote field stopping 10 m from my hay-pile. First, I was scared but then I saw that a man was stealing hay! He couldn’t see me because I was resting on the high pile of hay. He hastily gathered hay in his car. Only when I loudly called out “Monsieur!” he looked around irritated and drove away.

Right after this incident I rode the remaining 3 km to the confluence, which is just 30 m from the Road D53 called Route de Villemontais. After crossing a ditch and a cattle fence and walking 30 m on the meadow, I reached the confluence point. In all the excitement, I had not noticed the herd of cows on the field just 30 m from the confluence. Only after the documentation I saw that potential danger.

Just 50 m from the confluence point is a ceramics shop at the intersection.

I continued the bicycle trip planning to visit the confluence 110 km further south.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 30 m
  • Distance to a track: 30 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 30 m
  • Time to reach CP from parking: 3 minutes
  • Time at CP: 7:03 AM
  • Measured height: 351 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 3 m
  • Topography: flat
  • Vegetation: meadow with grass, flowers, milfoil.
  • Weather: fine, 20° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Hay Stealer Confluence

The story continues is at 45°N 04°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 15 m
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS Reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: The Hay-Bale
#10: The Ceramics Shop
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)