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Spain : Castilla-La Mancha

4.0 km (2.5 miles) NNE of Fuentes, Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Approx. altitude: 1129 m (3704 ft)
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Antipode: 40°S 178°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
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#2: GPS Reading #3: Ground Zero #4: The Confluence Hunter #5: Panoramic View #6: Cypress Tree #7: View to the South #8: View to the West #9: View to the North #10: View to the East #11: Cuenca

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  40°N 2°W (visit #3)  

#1: The Confluence Point

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

13-Nov-2009 -- This is the second out of seven confluence points that I visited during a 3-day trip to Spain. The story starts from 40°N 3°W.

Coming from 40°N 3°W in the early morning, I continued eastwards on the National Road N-400 to Cuenca followed by N-420 up to the village Mohorte (5 km from CP). From Mohorte I continued over a couple of minor tracks up to a railroad tunnel crossing and parked the vehicle at a distance of 1.5 km from the confluence point. There is certainly a closer approach by car possible, but I was rather interested to have a nice hike than having an odyssey by car.

I chose a route over the mountains, climbing and descending a couple of steep ups- and downs. After one hour into the hike I reached the confluence point located on a westwards inclined slope. To my surprise, there was a track (suitable for 4-wheel drive) right next to the point. This track cannot be found in previous visitors’ pictures. Actually, the confluence point is naturally marked by a big cypress tree, which exceeds all other trees in size in the area. I managed to get a zero reading right next to the tree.

The return was much faster since I simply followed the track that took me down into the low lands from where I could quickly cross over to my vehicle. After the visit I went to the nearby city of Cuenca with its historic city and the famous hanging houses.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 3 km
  • Distance to a track: 2 m
  • Distance of parking the car: 1.53 km
  • Distance to houses: 3 km (Las Zonas)
  • Time starting the hike: 10:43 a.m.
  • Time at the CP: 11:40 a.m.
  • Measured height: 1140 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 3 m
  • Vegetation: scattered cypress trees, dried up grass, herbs and thorny bushes
  • Topography: steep slope
  • Time back from hike: 12:05
  • Weather: sunny, 19° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In Provincia de Cuenca, Communidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Central Spain. In the wilderness half way up a mountain range.
  • Given Name: The Cypress Marker Confluence

Story continues at 39°N 2°W.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence Point
#2: GPS Reading
#3: Ground Zero
#4: The Confluence Hunter
#5: Panoramic View
#6: Cypress Tree
#7: View to the South
#8: View to the West
#9: View to the North
#10: View to the East
#11: Cuenca
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