01-Apr-2018 -- This is the 2nd out of 2 reports reaching confluence points after finishing our 2571 km hike from Zurich to the southernmost tip of Sicily. The story continues from 38°N 13°E.
On our drive back to Catania along the northern coast of Sicily, we realized that this confluence, located just 5 km beeline from the coast near the town of Cefalù, could serve as prey for us before nightfall.
This confluence point has quite a unique location near the summit of a
conic shaped mountain where one third of it has already been “eaten” by a quarry. I agree with Thomas Barthel, a previous visitor of this confluence point, when he predicts that the quarry might reach the confluence point one day. In this case, the confluence – defined as the point where the integer latitude, longitude and the earth surface intersect – will “fall down” 100 meters or more.
We followed the winding road “Strada Provinciale 136” upwards, left the road in a U-turn shaped curve and followed a track until we reached a gate, located 400 m west of the confluence point. We continued following the track on foot. At 270 m distance, we left the track and ascended steeply upwards over open meadows. For the last 100 m we encountered some rocks, but climbing upwards was not dangerous (nevertheless a little difficult).
The confluence is located on a steep grade quite close to the summit. Between the rocks, the soil is covered with high grass and sizzles. There is a good view to the south and west, but the coast itself is hidden by another mountain range.
After the visit, we climbed to the nearby summit. We also risked a view straight down at the quarry edge. After returning to the car, we drove down to the beautifully located town of Cefalù and spent the night there.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance from Cefalù: 4 km
- Distance from a road: 330 m
- Distance from a track: 270 m
- Time to hike to the CP: 20 minutes
- Time at the CP: 6:35 PM
- Measured height: 476 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 5 m
- Topography: mountainous
- Vegetation: high grass, sizzles
- Weather: sunny 15° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Threatening Quarry Confluence
The story finishes here.