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1.6 km (1.0 miles) NW of Athy, Kildare, Ireland
Approx. altitude: 58 m (190 ft)
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Antipode: 53°S 173°E

Accuracy: 12 m (39 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: Thunderstorms in the Area #10: The Lock of the nearby Canal #11: Woodstock Castle #12: Crom-a-Boo Bridge and White Castle #13: Ernest Shackleton

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  53°N 7°W (visit #6)  

#1: The Confluence from 15 m Distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

08-Sep-2017 -- This is the 9th out of 9 reports reaching confluence points during a one-week cycling trip around Ireland. The story starts at 54°N 7°W.

Coming from 53°N 8°W, it took me 5 hours to cycle 1/360th around the world, including a lunch break in Roscrea and waiting for a thunderstorm to pass by in Stradbally.

Before I visited the confluence, I reached the lock from 1791 almost at the end of the Grand Canal where it meets the River Barrow (just 130 m from the CP).

The exact spot is right in front of a residential dwelling. The sideway of county road L8068 is in 12 m distance of the confluence point. I didn’t bother to disturb the residents and documented the confluence just from the sideway. The simple one-story house has a mown front lawn. The palm tree, documented in 2008 by Gordon, Ross and Dave is meanwhile gone. Therefore new cypress trees have been planted.

After the visit I made a little deviation to Woodstock Castle (800 m distance), Crom-a-Boo Bridge with its White Castle and the monument of the famous polar explorer Ernest Shackleton who’s survival in Antarctica had fascinated me in my childhood.

I spent the night in the nearby town Newbridge and cycled to Dublin the next morning.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance of bicycle parking: 12 m
  • Time to reach the CP from the road: 0 minutes
  • Time at the CP: 4:08 PM
  • Measured height: 61 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 12 m
  • Position accuracy: 2 m
  • Topography: flat
  • Vegetation: lawn, cypress trees.
  • Weather: thunderstorms, 14° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Ernest Shackleton Confluence

The story finishes here.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 15 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: Thunderstorms in the Area
#10: The Lock of the nearby Canal
#11: Woodstock Castle
#12: Crom-a-Boo Bridge and White Castle
#13: Ernest Shackleton
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