07-Jul-2001 -- I had tried for this confluence in May, but didn't have the
time or ground clearance to reach it. When I found I had
some more time to spend, I hopped into my truck and headed
for Winnemucca. The California Highway Patrol was so
impressed with my determination to log this confluence they
gave me a citation (lesson learned: the radar detector doesn't
do much good unless it is turned on). The last 18 miles
from Winnemucca are unpaved, but most of it is fast going
since it is smooth. After leaving the good dirt road, I
followed a pole line road, which looked better in the aerial
photo, for a couple of miles (this is where the ground
clearance came in). I was able to drive within a mile and
a half of the confluence. Fortunately, the heat of the
past week had dissipated, and it was still early in the
day. The walking was slightly hilly, with nothing but
rocks and sage brush on the ground. I found the confluence
most of the way up the second ridge after leaving the truck.
Picture # 1 shows the spot, with my tripod marking the
confluence. Picture # 2 is of the GPS at the confluence;
it is out of focus because I forgot to press the macro
button (lesson learned: they put the LCD on the camera
for a reason other than raising the price, use it).
Picture # 3 is another picture of the spot on the ground
that happens to lie at 42.0000 North and 118.000 West.
Picture # 4 is a panorama to the east and south from the
Picture # 5 is an antelope standing at the side of the road
as I was driving back to Winnemucca. A second antelope was
camera shy, and is hiding behind a bush on the left.