14-Jun-2014 -- This is the first out of 3 reports reaching confluence points in Central France.
Cycling and confluencing is my favourite combination of travel. To make it to a (to me new) confluence point and back to Zurich within a weekend, I need to approach the area by train and start cycling from a train station. This confluence was in a distance of exactly 200 km beeline from Zurich the nearest confluence that I had not been visited so far. So I only took a short train ride from Zurich to Basel and started cycling from there. I stayed the night in the village Sewen near the 1200 m high Vosges pass called Ballon d’Alsace.
On confluence day, I got up at 4:30 AM and was served a wonderful cyclist’s breakfast at 5 AM in my Auberge! I was really lucky that another group of cyclists had organised such an early breakfast and I could benefit from that. So I managed to get to the top of the pass at 7 AM (just one car had passed me on the way up).
So I made my way west, crossing Remiremont, Bains-les-Bains, and finally I reached the village Martinvelle. The confluence is just 2.5 km further north. A forest track leads up to a distance of 50 m. From there, a forest aisle directly leads to the confluence point.
There is a pile of wood exactly at the confluence. Otherwise the area is covered with deciduous forest and ferns.
I continued cycling westwards in direction Chaumont.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to the road: 163 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 50 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 1 min
- Time at the CP: 12:20 PM
- Measured height: 309 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 1 m
- Position accuracy: 5 m
- Topography: mostly flat
- Vegetation: deciduous forest, ferns
- Weather: partly cloudy, 25° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Wood Pile Confluence
The story continues at 48°N 5°E