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France : Rhône-Alpes

near Sallenôves, Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France
Approx. altitude: 464 m (1522 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 46°S 174°W

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#2: North-West view #3: North to South panorama #4: Village of Sallenoves #5: Road to Chilly #6: Map zoomed #7: Matchstick Museum #8: Exit Sallenoves

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#1: 46n6e Confluence

(visited by Nils Boeffel)

28-Jul-2004 -- The visit to this confluence was a part of a longer bicycle trip from Munich, Germany to Grenoble, France (usually 800km by Highway). The trip took me via the Bodensee, Zurich, Bern, close to Lausanne, Geneva and Aix les Bains. The confluence was close enough to my planned cycling route to make it worth a visit, even without a GPS as the confluence is very close to an intersection of two roads and can be easily found by map and compass.

The Trip.

Day 1 (Saturday, July 24 2004) started with an early morning trainride (departure 6h45) from Munich via Ulm to Friederichshafen on the Bodensee (Lac de Konstanz). A ferry to Romanshorn (Switzerland) let me begin my trip across Switzerland at around 11h00. In the rain. It rained on and off all day, and after 100km I decided to call it a day close to the Zurich Airport in Kloten.

With better weather, day 2 was ideal for cycling. A lot of good flat roads got me well on my way to Bern, where I arrived after 165km at around 20h45 after having left Kloten at around 10h00.

Day 3 was a quiet day spent visiting Bern and recovering a little.

Day 4 took me west from Bern to the Lac de Neuchatel, and then via Yverdon and Morges to Rolle right on the Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) with a distandce of 160km.

The confluence visit was on Day 5. Geneva was quickly reached after a 10h00 departure after only 35km. The climb from Geneva (altitude: ~375m) to Charly (France, due south, altitude ~780m) took the rest of the morning and the early part of the afternoon. After that the approch via several small villages to Sallnôves was easy and mostly downhill. The village is small and friendly, and doesn't contain much except a Matchstick museum (unfortunately closed that day). The other (south) end of the village is close to the intersection leading to Chilly, behind which the confluence is found in a field according to my map.

So at around 17h00 local time and 70km on the day (around 495 total from Romanshorn) I was in the field where the confluence is located. Since I didn't have a GPS, I decided to take a picture of the map and compass used to navigate there instead, and document the town and street names as proof of the visit.

The confluence point that I chose was a nice tree at one end of the field. The weather was beautiful, with a nice view of the Alps in the direction of Annecy to the east.

The remaining 55 km to Aix les Bains were covered by 20h00. I was grateful to arrive, and happy to have been able to visit the confluence.

Day 6 (Thursday) was an easy, mostly downhill 80km ride in 5 hours, leaving me to arrive in Meylan (just north-east of Grenoble) at 15h00.

It was a great trip, with a total of 630km covered in 5 days of riding, 4 of which were sunny and above 30 degrees Celsius for good parts of the day. The confluence visit was a success, and was a great addition to the trip.

Coordinator's Note: Although no GPS was used in this visit, comparision with previous visitor's photos indicates that this visitor was in the correct location.


 All pictures
#1: 46n6e Confluence
#2: North-West view
#3: North to South panorama
#4: Village of Sallenoves
#5: Road to Chilly
#6: Map zoomed
#7: Matchstick Museum
#8: Exit Sallenoves
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