03-May-2023 -- This is the 5th out of 9 reports reaching or attempting confluence points during a one-week bicycle trip in Northern Spain from Santiago de Compostela to Barcelona. The story starts from 43°N 8°W and continues from 43°N 5°W.
I spent the night in the town Rhinosa which is 20 km west of this confluence point. The confluence is located in the “Embalse del Ebro”, a huge artificial lake. Therefore, a visit is only possible by boat (or swimming etc.). However, when I checked the website for the filling level, it stated that the lake is currently at 40% capacity, which is extremely low. The average for this time of year is 84% and levels lower than 40% are rare. Therefore, I was in good hope to be able to visit the confluence without having a boat.
I followed on small county roads on the peninsular and was able to ride my bicycle almost up to the shore.
The water had indeed retreated from the normal shore. But the closest I could get in reach with keeping my feet dry was 218m distance. I saw a couple islands in the lake that had come into existence due to the low water level and I speculated that the point might have already been on land. But there was no easy way to reach those islands. I would suggest that you attempt it when the water level is less than 30% with good hope that you can reach it on foot.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 400 m
- Distance to a track: 400 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 250 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 10 min
- Time at the CP: 8:12 AM
- Measured height: 827 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 218 m
- Position accuracy: 2 m
- Topography: hilly, in an artificial lake.
- Vegetation: probably algea.
- Weather: sunny, 15° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Not-Low Enough waterlevel Confluence
The story continues at 43°N 3°W.