28-Mar-2014 -- This is the first out of 3 reports reaching confluence points in southern France.
Thursday after work I took the TGV Lyria from Zurich to Paris with my bicycle in a Tranzbag; that is a huge bag where a bicycle can fit in and is therefore allowed to be taken along in the train. From Paris, I took the night train towards Toulouse. At 6:00 AM I got off the train in Montauban (35 km from the confluence point), reassembled my bike, had a petit-déjeuner complet (full breakfast) and started cycling around 7 AM.
So I made my way west, crossing the river Garonne. Two hours after my departure in Montauban, I had reached the particular spot of agricultural land with 44°N 1°E on it.
It is not a spectacular confluence point with its location in a field. But the slightly hilly landscape is beautiful and my impression was that it is very peaceful there. The nearest small village is Saint-Arroumex in 500 m distance. There is a small road up to 70 m to the point. I was able to walk 40 muddy meters further between two fields up to a distance of 30 m. Any further approach would have caused damage to the young crops, so I documented the confluence from that 30 m point.
I cycled further to Castelsarrasin to have another breakfast and then back to Montauban.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to the road: 72 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 72 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 1 min
- Time at the CP: 9:00 AM
- Measured height: 149 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 30 m
- Position accuracy: 3 m
- Topography: slightly hilly
- Vegetation: field with young crops
- Weather: sunny, 17° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Unspectacular Montauban Confluence
The story continues at 44°N 2°E.