the Degree Confluence Project

Italy : Sardegna

4.0 km (2.5 miles) SSE of Ortueri, Nuoro, Sardegna, Italy
Approx. altitude: 386 m (1266 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 40°S 171°W

Accuracy: 3 m (9 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: View to the North #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: View to the West #6: Ground Zero #7: GPS reading #8: The Confluence Hunter #9: The piscine #10: Repairing the tyre #11: Tyre with a hole

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  40°N 9°E (visit #6)  

#1: The Confluence from 20 m distance

(visited by Rainer Mautz)

14-Oct-2016 -- This is the second out of three reports reaching confluence points on the island of Sardinia. The story continues from 39°N 9°E.

The first half of my route northwards was flat and with tail winds I was able to cycle 35 km/h for quite a while. But as I entered the inner mountain ranges of Sardinia, my progress slowed down significantly. In addition, I had a flat tyre in the village Lunamatrona. To my negative surprise, I encountered the reason for my flat tyre: the tyre cover was absolutely worn out such that I was already riding on the tube at some spots. Since I had no chance to get a new tyre in the mountain region, I fixed the tube and continued.

I cycled through the deep valley between Ruinas and Samugheo. Then I continued ascending on the road towards Ortueri. Less than 1 km before entering town, a gravel track leads down to the confluence point which is 2 km away from the road. But when I had just entered the gravel, my rear tube exploded with a loud bang. This happened due to the worn out tyre. Since it was already time of sunset, I decided to visit the confluence first and repair the tyre later in the fading daylight. So I ran those 2 km along the track and reached the confluence which is located 40 m from the track. There is a piscine used for irrigation. I passed the piscine, crossed a stream and a strip of thorny blackberries.

I found the confluence on a piece of open flat bushland with a mossy groundcover.

After the visit, I ran back to my bike, repaired the tube and cycled towards the town Ortueri. But even before entering the town, I had another flat tyre. Now it was obvious that I was not able to continue cycling without obtaining a new tyre. Unfortunately, there was no bicycle shop or any other shop in town that would sell bicycle tyres. I checked in the only hotel of Ortueri and first enjoyed a great pizza. It would be much easier to solve my problem with a full stomach.

CP Visit Details:

  • Distance to a road: 2 km
  • Distance to a track: 40 m
  • Distance of bicycle parking: 2 km
  • Time to reach the CP from the road: 15 minutes
  • Time at the CP: 5:53 PM
  • Measured height: 381 m
  • Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
  • Position accuracy: 3 m
  • Topography: generally mountainous but the direct location is in the valley flats
  • Vegetation: scattered trees, bushes, moss.
  • Weather: mostly cloudy, 16° C (felt temperature)
  • Given Name: The Worn Tyre Confluence

The story finishes at 41°N 9°E.

 All pictures
#1: The Confluence from 20 m distance
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: View to the West
#6: Ground Zero
#7: GPS reading
#8: The Confluence Hunter
#9: The piscine
#10: Repairing the tyre
#11: Tyre with a hole
ALL: All pictures on one page