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France : Île-de-France

1.2 km (0.7 miles) W of Isles-les-Meldeuses, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Approx. altitude: 49 m (160 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 49°S 177°W

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the North #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: View to the West #6: GPS reading #7: Ground Zero #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: Bicycle parking on the bridge #10: Footpath to the Confluence #11: Church in Villers les Rigault (north to the river) #12: Bicycle route

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  49°N 3°E (visit #16)  

#1: The Confluence from 75 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

18-Aug-2018 -- This is the 4th out of 5 reports reaching confluence points in France along the 49th latitude during my 3-day bicycle trip. The story starts at 49°N 1°W and continues from 49°N 1°E.

On day #1 I had already achieved my goal of visiting 3 confluence points in one day. I had originally planned 3 days for that. What should I do the other 2 days? From 49°N 1°E, I had already visited the all neighbouring confluences. But I had not visited this confluence point east of Paris yet. But currently I was far west of Paris. Cycling through the traffic of Paris didn’t seem attractive to me. But then I found a route that circumvents Paris. Even though it adds 50 km on the odometer, I could make sure to stay out of the urban fringe of Paris.

It took me all day to reach this confluence point – cycling from one village to the next north of Paris. In the evening I reached the confluence area. I must say that this location of the confluence is unique: it is located on a tiny island of the river Marne. But there is no need to hire a boat: from a bridge that crosses the river, the island can be accessed easily. And above all: there is a footpath (tramped by confluence hunters?) that leads directly to the confluence point. I found the confluence point on the island with 3 m distance to the waterside. The confluence is heavily forested with beech trees. I had to do the confluence dance over fallen tree trunks. The island is most likely called Isles-les-Meldeuses, because the village directly south of the river has this name.

After the confluence visit I rushed to reach the town Château-Thierry 33 km to the east before nightfall.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance of bicycle parking: 75 m
  • Time to walk to the CP: 5 min
  • Time at the CP: 6:51 PM
  • Measured height: 49 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 4 m
  • Topography: slightly hilly
  • Vegetation: beech jungle, tiny maple trees
  • Weather: mostly sunny, 26° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Marne Island Confluence

The story finishes at 49°N 4°E.


 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 75 m distance
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: View to the West
#6: GPS reading
#7: Ground Zero
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: Bicycle parking on the bridge
#10: Footpath to the Confluence
#11: Church in Villers les Rigault (north to the river)
#12: Bicycle route
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
On the northern riverside of the Marne River, very close to the water.