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Austria

2.2 km (1.4 miles) SE of Spieldorf, Oberösterreich, Austria
Approx. altitude: 443 m (1453 ft)
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Antipode: 48°S 166°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 Farmhouse #10: Road to the Confluence #11: In the Town of Steyr

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  48°N 14°E (visit #12)  

#1: The Confluence from 35 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

28-Sep-2013 -- This confluence visit is the first out of 3 visits that I made during another cycling week-end in Austria’s Alpine mountains.

On Friday evening, I left Zurich at 10:40 PM by night train to Vienna. But I already got off the train in Wels (located in Austria’s state Upper Austria) at 5:40 AM. At the station, I first had the two breakfast rolls given to me on the train. Since this was surely not enough to satisfy a cyclist, I had another 3 rolls at the just opened bakery. Meanwhile the break of dawn had come and I set off for the confluence point that was 17 kilometer south as the crow flies.

Over little county roads I came as close as 200 m to the confluence. From there, I was able to walk between two fields to the confluence point. Due to high fog, the sky was greyish. Standing at the confluence, I was able to see a farm house in 200 m distance. The ionosphere seemed to be calm around these morning hours such that the GPS receiver estimated a positional accuracy of 3 m. At such brilliant conditions, there is no need for a confluence dance – the GPS pointer shows always to the right direction instead of fooling the point searcher.

I continued cycling eastwards. Thereby I crossed over several little mountain passes. A highlight was surely the historic town of Steyr.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 230 m
  • Distance to a track: 36 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 36 m
  • Time to reach CP from bicycle parking: 20 seconds
  • Time at CP: 8:01 AM
  • Measured height: 437 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 3 m
  • Topography: rolling hills.
  • Vegetation: grass, clover, a corn field in 36 m distance.
  • Weather: overcast, 10° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Greyish Morning Confluence

The story continues is at 48°N 15°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 35 m distance
#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 Farmhouse
#10: Road to the Confluence
#11: In the Town of Steyr
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)