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Spain : Cataluña

1.4 km (0.9 miles) E of Santa Maria de Merlès, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
Approx. altitude: 705 m (2312 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 42°S 178°W

Accuracy: 6 m (19 ft)
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 with Horse #7: Ground Zero with Horse #8: The Confluence Hunters #9: The Confluence from 1.5 km Distance #10: Santa Maria de Merlès in 1.8 km Distance

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  42°N 2°E (visit #6)  

#1: The Confluence from 30 m

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

12-Aug-2012 -- This is the second out of two confluences that I visited during an extended weekend trip to Catalonia in Spain.

Story continues from 42°N 1°E.

The night before visiting this confluence point I stayed in the beautiful old mountain-top town Solsona, exactly between this confluence and 42°N 1°E. After an early start with my bicycle at 6:30 AM, I approached this confluence point over various hills primarily covered with pine forest. At about 12 noon I had reached the village Santa Maria de Merlès (1.8 km from CP). Since I hadn’t read any of the previous reports, I first tried to reach the confluence directly from this western side, but had to cancel this approach at a distance of 1.3 km due to the absence of bikeable tracks. So I went back to Santa Maria, rode a 10 km loop and approached the confluence again from the east, i.e. from Prats de Lluçanès. It took another unsuccessful attempt until I finally got on the right track that got me within 50 m distance from the point. There, I parked my bicycle (in a pine forest).

The confluence is located in a paddock with extremely curious horses. Right at the moment when I entered the paddock, one horse came to me and licked my salty GPS receiver. Luckily the receiver turned out to be inedible. One horse would always follow me – it seems to be boring out there.

The area is half farmland (meadows, now mowed) and pine forest. The town Prats de Lluçanès can be seen in 3 km distance.

I continued the bicycle tour up to the town Vic in 40 km distance, from where I took a train back to Barcelona and the next morning an early flight back to Zurich.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to an asphalt road: 1000 m
  • Distance to a public road: 1000 m
  • Distance to a track: 60 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 50 m
  • Distance to houses: 1000 m
  • Time at the CP: 13:56 PM
  • Measured height: 702 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 1 m
  • Position accuracy at the CP: 6 m
  • Topography: hilly mountain terrain
  • Vegetation: pine trees, meadow
  • Weather: sunny, 28° C (felt temperature)
  • Description of the CP: In the province of Barcelona (Cataluña), near the town Prats de Lluçanès. On a paddock surrounded by pine trees and meadows.
  • Given Name: The Licky Horse Confluence


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 30 m
#2: View to the South
#3: View to the West
#4: View to the North
#5: View to the East
#6: GPS Reading with Horse
#7: Ground Zero with Horse
#8: The Confluence Hunters
#9: The Confluence from 1.5 km Distance
#10: Santa Maria de Merlès in 1.8 km Distance
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)