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France : Champagne-Ardenne

2.2 km (1.4 miles) NNE of Cramant, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Approx. altitude: 212 m (695 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 49°S 176°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View to the North #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: View to the West #6: GPS reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: Bicycle parking near the Confluence #10: View from 80 m to the North #11: Top view at the Confluence

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  49°N 4°E (visit #9)  

#1: The Confluence from 95 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

18-Aug-2018 -- This is the last out of 5 reports reaching confluence points in France along the 49th latitude during my 3-day bicycle trip. The story starts at 49°N 1°W and continues from 49°N 3°E.

In the early morning I started cycling from the town Château-Thierry (55 km to the west of this confluence). On this sunny Sunday morning I enjoyed the empty roads along the river Marne with beautiful views on the vineyards. I cycled through the town Épernay (8 km from the confluence) and then headed directly to this confluence point, which I call “Total Champagne”. Even though the confluence point is in a forest, the view into the vineyards from 80 m distance is fantastic.

The approach through the vineyards ascending straight up to the confluence point is probably the quickest. I circled a bit around the castle La Grifaine at the forest edge and approached the confluence coming from the forest. I parked my bicycle 68 m from the confluence point in the forest and walked to the confluence.

The confluence is located in dense and relatively dark beech forest with hardly any ground vegetation. Just 80 m from the confluence the landscape of vineyards begins.

After the confluence visit I had a great French-style lunch in Épernay. In the afternoon I cycled through the beautiful Champagne landscape to the city of Rouen where I caught a TGV to Strasbourg, Basel and Zürich, arriving home at 10 PM.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance of bicycle parking: 68 m
  • Time to walk to the CP: 5 min
  • Time at the CP: 10:49 AM
  • Measured height: 209 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 5 m
  • Topography: hilly
  • Vegetation: beech jungle
  • Weather: sunny, 28° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Total Champagne Confluence

The story finishes here.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 95 m distance
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: View to the West
#6: GPS reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: Bicycle parking near the Confluence
#10: View from 80 m to the North
#11: Top view at the Confluence
ALL: All pictures on one page