14-Jul-2014 -- A detour to the train station
Our first stop for the grand tour of France was a beach town – Mimizan, where the Bannicq family kept a summer home for many years. This is the closest point from Mimizan, about 25 km GPS distance.
We were tasked to pick up Tara from the train station about 20 km north of the confluence point, so doing the hunt was the plan. This point is located about 1 km east of the main expressway A63 connecting Bordeaux to Bayonne, so should not be too hard to reach. We budgeted an extra hour and half for the detour and the hunt.
We reached the expressway and found an underpass to get to the side where the confluence point is located. After a couple of tries, we found the gravel road leading us to 140 meters from the point. This confluence point is located in a pine forest which was pretty easy to reach.
For both of us, this is our 2nd point in France, and we did the first one (50N 2E) near Vladimir’s home town Amiens in 2006.
After the hunt, we took the back road and reached the train station of Labouheyre with 10 minutes to spare before the arrival of Tara.
Degree of Challenge:
1 – easy drive per GPS instruction (1= very easy - drive to the point; to 5= a death march – glad it is over)
2– Forest in costal part of southern France (Scale: 1= not interesting at all; 5= take your breath away)
3 – charming country side with quint villages (Scale: 1=dull; 5= most stimulating)