13-Oct-2002 -- This is the fifth confluence I've visited during my current bicycle trip around Australia. This time though I had two riding (and geeky) buddies with me, Simon and Grubby. They were both confluencial virgins and were quite nervous about this being their first time.
We spent a couple days in Fitzroy Crossing since there was a large Aboriginal Festival going on. Rolled out of town in the morning of the 13th and headed west. We saw the confluence on the map and figured we'd give it a go if it looked like it could be done without a lot of trouble.
About 2km after crossing the 125°E meridian, we saw a dirt road heading south. We tossed the bags from the bikes into the bush. We had already ridden 80k that day and weren't about to drag them on a side trip down a sandy dirt road in 42 degree (C) heat. After about 20 minutes of biking south on the dirt road, we crossed the 18°S latitude. We were about 2km west of the confluence when we started our bushwalk in the middle of the afternoon.
I led Simon and Grubby through the bush since I was the one with the GPS. I started to walk in a circle for a funny and after I'd nearly walked in a semi-circle, Grubby caught onto what I was doing.
We reached the confluence around 3pm and took all the photos. The confluence was pretty much like all the other ones I've done lately, except this one had a small boab tree nearby. Awhile later we headed back to the bikes. After biking back to the highway we loaded up the bikes and kept on pushing west another 20k or so.