02-Sep-2016 -- This is the first out of seven reports reaching confluence points in Western France.
Friday after work at 1:24 PM I took the TGV Lyria from Zurich to Paris arriving there at 5:30 PM. I had to change the train station from Paris-Gare de Lyon to Paris-Montparnasse to catch another TGV to Quimper. The change of train stations in Paris was not really pleasant, since I had to carry my bicycle bag and two paniers through multiple metro stations during the rush-hour traffic. I arrived at midnight in Quimper and spent the night in the old town.
After a big buffet breakfast (which is in France still an exception), I started my 3-day bicycle trip along the 48° latitude in eastern direction. I had a quick ride though Quimper’s little old town and then cycled those 12 km to the confluence point.
I followed the county road “Route du Reunic” up to a distance of 170 m and turned into the access road to this house. An old footpath that has not been used for quite a while let me approach the confluence point further. But since the path was already overgrown, I abandoned my bicycle at a distance of 100 m and walked through a dark forest, and for the last 40 m across a soaking wet meadow.
The exact location of the confluence is in a creek. I crossed the stream over a fallen trunk such that I was able to document the confluence point from both sides. Interestingly, I measured the altitude above sea-level to be -25 m, which is surely wrong by 30 m or more. I know that the height component of GPS is less precise than the planar coordinates, but this is quite an extreme error.
After returning to my bicycle I continued my trip towards the east. The first village I came through was the tiny hamlet Le Reunic.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 170 m
- Distance to a track: 130 m
- Distance of bicycle parking: 130 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 7 minutes
- Time at the CP: 8:12 AM
- Measured height: -25 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 4 m
- Topography: hilly
- Vegetation: grass, herbs, hazelnut trees and various bushes
- Weather: sunny but hazy, 15° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Most Western Confluence
The story continues at 48°N 3°W.