08-Sep-2017 -- This is the 9th out of 9 reports reaching confluence points during a one-week cycling trip around Ireland. The story starts at 54°N 7°W.
Coming from 53°N 8°W, it took me 5 hours to cycle 1/360th around the world, including a lunch break in Roscrea and waiting for a thunderstorm to pass by in Stradbally.
Before I visited the confluence, I reached the lock from 1791 almost at the end of the Grand Canal where it meets the River Barrow (just 130 m from the CP).
The exact spot is right in front of a residential dwelling. The sideway of county road L8068 is in 12 m distance of the confluence point. I didn’t bother to disturb the residents and documented the confluence just from the sideway. The simple one-story house has a mown front lawn. The palm tree, documented in 2008 by Gordon, Ross and Dave is meanwhile gone. Therefore new cypress trees have been planted.
After the visit I made a little deviation to Woodstock Castle (800 m distance), Crom-a-Boo Bridge with its White Castle, and the monument of the famous polar explorer Ernest Shackleton who’s survival in Antarctica had fascinated me in my childhood.
I spent the night in the nearby town Newbridge and cycled to Dublin the next morning.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance of bicycle parking: 12 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 0 minutes
- Time at the CP: 4:08 PM
- Measured height: 61 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 12 m
- Position accuracy: 2 m
- Topography: flat
- Vegetation: lawn, cypress trees.
- Weather: thunderstorms, 14° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Ernest Shackleton Confluence
The story finishes here.