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Spain : Andalucía

near Picena, Granada, Andalucía, Spain
Approx. altitude: 773 m (2536 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 37°S 177°E

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Quality: good

Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the South #3: View to the West #4: View to the North #5: View to the East #6: GPS Reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: Bicycle Parking in at the Washhouse of Picena #10: Pico de Valeta

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  37°N 3°W (visit #3)  

#1: The Confluence from 10 m Distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

13-Sep-2015 -- This is the second out of 4 reports reaching confluence points during a bicycle trip through Southern Spain. The story continues from 37°N 4°W.

In Granada, I decided to directly approach this confluence point by Europe’s highest road to the Pico Valeta with its height of 3392 m. Although a heavy thunderstorm made me freeze in Granada, I made an attempt to cross over the pass. I spent the night in Sierra Nevada at 2150 m altitude, which is a ghost town during the summer when there is no skiing. I didn’t sleep well in the night, not knowing whether I would make it across or not. I hadn’t enough cloths with me, the weather was questionable and if I would not make it across, I would have a timing problem when riding around the huge mountain range.

The next morning I succeeded in riding to Pico Valeta at a height of almost 4300 m. I descended on the southern side and rode along several mountain villages until I reached the little village Picena. I parked my bicycle at the public washhouse in 400 m distance and hiked to the confluence location.

The confluence is in a wilderness area right next to an olive grove. There are agaves, various bushes and 3 m below there is a water channel for irrigation.

Right after the visit, I continued riding towards Almeria, spending the night in El Ejido which is 3300 m lower as the Pico Valeta.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to the road: 400 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 400 m
  • Time to reach the CP from the road: 15 min
  • Time at the CP: 5:42 PM
  • Measured height: 777 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 3 m
  • Topography: hilly, steep canyon nearby
  • Vegetation: agave, bushes, various trees
  • Weather: sunny, 28° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Pico Downhill Confluence

The story continues at 37°N 2°W.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 10 m Distance
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS Reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: Bicycle Parking in at the Washhouse of Picena
#10: Pico de Valeta
ALL: All pictures on one page