21-Jan-2001 -- My second confluence success turns out to be the second in Italy! Since
my previous confluence a month ago was
16,600 km away (36S 149E) , I hope that I don't have to show my airline
tickets to achieve credibility
for this confluence. It was touch and go whether I could do this on my one
free day in Turin - 4 days ago it
had snowed here. As the plane approached Turin it turned exactly over the
Confluence area (thanks to GPS I
knew exactly where I was) - fantastic - it is fairly level farming country
and there is no snow on the ground.
So I head towards Chieri from the Airport, but lacking the local map (it was
in my baggage which the airline
had left at Zurich) I stopped at a very friendly Agip petrol station at
Castelnuovo Don Bosco to locate a
local map (with the help of my Italian phrasebook ). Having decided that
Serra was only 500m from the
Confluence, I headed down that road, only to find that when I reached Serra,
the road just ended and I was still
2 km west of the Confluence !
So I headed north again to find the road I could see 2km towards the
East. Then I headed south towards Asti
and amazingly I reached Serra AGAIN, 2km to the west of the first one !!!.
(Later when I checked the
mappe.virgilio.it Map I found there really are two Serra's !!! ) Now things
were looking better, I was heading
straight to the confluence until the road started going down hill and
turning to the west. Great - only 200
metres from the confluence - but the road goes away from the confluence.
So just before Capriglio (the southern one - there are also two of these
on the map !!) I turned into
Via CECCA to find I am going uphill again and driving around the confluence.
I turn right when I reach the road I
had arrived on. When I arrive at the bottom of the hill I decide it is time
to use Shank's Pony (i.e. walk)
but the dirt track in front of me is rather boggy from last weeks snow. I
head straight for the confluence
following the track in the valley to find the confluence is on top of the
ridge on my left, but conveniently a
gully coming down from the ridge allows me to get up on the ridge without
scrambling on all fours.
As I get to the top I notice I might be trespassing -- but a closer
inspection reveals it is not a hut - just a farmer's
Fortunately the confluence is on the track rather than among the trees
and I can take a photo showing how
close it is to CAPRIGlio. If it had been summer and there was no track
nearby, I would have been taking photos of
leaves! To save you asking why I am hogging the photo, it's because I am
holding the camera at arm's length,
since there is no one else here to take the photo.
As I leave I find that the wet grass is very slippery and it looks like I
might have to find the Italian words for
"please help me unbog my car" (I hope my wife doesn't read this - my
reputation for finding boggy tracks will worsen).
Capriglio is in the background.
Photo #6 is looking from Capriglio towards the confluence on the ridge on the left.
Unfortunately the autofocus got confused by the sun on the lens.