15-Mar-2014 -- This is the second out of 2 reports reaching confluence points in Southern France. The story starts from 44°N 4°E.
In the early morning, I started cycling from in the mountain village St-André-de-Valborgne which is exactly 100 km from the confluence point (by road). I went over Mount Aigoual (1567 m), through the amazing Gorges de la Jonte, through the cute town Millau and under the Viaduc de Millau. 20 km further south I approached the confluence point coming from Saint-Rome-de-Cernon. At this time the sun disappeared behind clouds and a strong wind started blowing. Luckily, the wind blew from the North such that I didn’t smell the blue Roqueford cheese, which comes from a town with the same name just 2 km further south.
From the small county road D77, the confluence is just a stone’s throw away. I measured 35 m straight line. This was actually one of the quickest visits I have ever done: climbing down a 5 m slope, jumping over a blackberry bush and walking on a flat field took less than 30 seconds.
The confluence is right in the middle of the only flat patch of land in the area. All around are forested limestone mountains.
Not 2 minutes later I was back on my bike. I continued riding in south-western direction and stayed the night in the village Le Caylar. It was Hubert, a friendly inhabitant of Le Caylar and member of Warm Showers, who spontaneously invited me to stay the night in his home. We spend a great evening together and he gave me a chance to demonstrate how much a hungry cyclist can eat.
I continued cycling the next morning to Nice, from where I took a train back to Zurich.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to the road: 35 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 35 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 30 seconds
- Time at the CP: 3:30 PM
- Measured height: 448 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 7 m
- Topography: mountainous, but the vicinity of the confluence is totally flat.
- Vegetation: young wheat
- Weather: cloudy, 15° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Viaduc de Millau Confluence