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.