03-Jan-2019 -- Again I had to spend a weekend on my own. The weather forecast in Switzerland didn’t call for outdoor activity. But after a bicycle accident four month ago with hospitalization, I was now ready again for my first bicycle trip after a long break. When I found a good connection to Lamezia Terme, I spontaneously took a flight there and brought my bicycle along.
I arrived the previous day in Lamezia Terme and cycled the next day these 100 km to this confluence point. Thereby I had to cross over the Calabrian Apennines. Then I cycled along the coastline of the Gulf of Taranto up to Le Castella. From there I had another 8 km inland on SP43 to reach this confluence point. The Strada Provinciale SP43 starts from sea level and climbs to a high plateau covered with scattered wind generators. The road follows the ridge of the plateau.
The confluence is located 250 m west of the road. It is not located on the ridge, but down into an eroding piece of land with fairly steep slopes. It is about one third down, so it is definitively easier to approach it from the top.
I went all the way down following a track and then climbed up again to the flank where this confluence is located. The ground cover is partly bare soil (due to erosion) and partly grass, sizzles and horsetail. The land around the confluence is unused. Therefore, it is quite a remote and wild spot.
After the visit, I continued to the next town Cutro (4 km). On that cold January, Saturday afternoon the town appeared deserted to me. Hardly anyone was out in the streets and squares. I spent the night in the mountain village Belcastro in a castle-like accommodation where I was the only guest. On Sunday, I enjoyed sunny cycling over the mountain ranges back to Lamezia Terme.
CP Visit Details:
- Minimal distance to the CP: 0 m
- Distance from bicycle parking: 300 m
- Time at the CP: 1:48 PM
- Measured height: 144 m
- Position accuracy: 2 m
- Topography: mountainous (on a steep slope)
- Weather: overcast, 15° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Erosion Windmill Confluence