25-Sep-2023 -- Once again, a visit to a Degree Confluence Point leads me to learn some interesting new things. First, en route through the town of Les Mees, I learned about the "Les Pénitents" rock formation nearby. Second, I learned about the large solar photovoltaic facility - apparently one of the largest in France - that’s located to the North and West of the point.
From Les Mees, I drove up a long, steep, narrow paved road through a forest to the top of the hill where the photovoltaic facility lies. At this point, I had a choice of several gravel roads. At first I took a wrong road; it passed just to the Northeast of the point, but was signed with “Propriété Privée” (“Private Property”) signs. So I turned around, returned to the top of the hill, and tried another road that runs just to the West of the photovoltaic facility. This road passes about 300m West of the point, but with few places to pass through the (fenced) photovoltaic facility. I finally found a road - at [44.00224,5.99697], 350m from the point - that runs Eastwards towards the point. I parked here, and walked down the (gravel, doubletrack) road, then crossed a fallow farm field. The point lies 18m past the end of the field, on a hillside covered with dense scrub. It took me a long time to get ‘all zeros’, but I finally succeeded.
Because of the photovoltaic facility (with its high-voltage power lines) neaby, drone use is restricted here. I couldn’t fly higher than 50m, and couldn’t fly over the solar panels. So I just flew up, took photographs, and came back down.
Here is a remote-controlled aerial video of this confluence point.