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United States : Maryland

4.6 miles (7.4 km) SE of Centreville, Queen Anne's, MD, USA
Approx. altitude: 21 m (68 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 39°S 104°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the north #3: View to the east #4: View to the south #5: View to the west #6: View of GPS screen

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  39°N 76°W (visit #5)  

#1: The confluence is near the center of the picture

(visited by Eric Altshuler)

06-Feb-2005 -- Having visited my "home" confluence (39N 77W, which is less than a mile from my house) but no others in the mid-Atlantic region, I've decided to visit a few that are within one degree of 39N 77W in any direction, starting with this one on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Today was one of the most beautiful days of the winter so far. After nearly three weeks of unusually cold weather, temperatures soared into the upper 50s with perfectly clear skies and not a breath of wind. Several inches of snow had fallen during the cold spell, and there was still enough left to make the scenery more interesting.

I headed east on the 65-mile drive from my home in Takoma Park, stopping to get a GPS reading after crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. At first, my GPS could not pick up any signal, despite having new batteries and a wide open view of the sky. I was quite perplexed and concerned that something might be wrong with the GPS. It would have been very disappointing not to visit the confluence on such a beautiful day! Undaunted, I got back on the road and drove to a spot on Little Eagle Road that was within a few hundred meters of the confluence, according to the map. I tried the GPS again. Still no trace of a signal! Either my GPS was malfunctioning (unlikely), or something was wrong with the satellites (very unlikely). After nearly ten minutes with no signal, I was close to giving up when, finally, a very weak signal began to appear. Gradually, over the next few minutes, it got stronger until it was good enough for navigation. I breathed a sigh of relief, got back in the car and parked on the side of Little Eagle Road, about 200 meters from the confluence, which is located in the middle of a cornfield.

The field was a bit soggy from melting snow, but there were enough dry spots that I was able to keep my shoes from getting completely soaked. Getting all zeroes on the GPS was easy since this area is very open country. Aside from occasional bird calls, there was almost dead silence, and the air was completely still. With the mild air and blazing sun, it sure felt like spring, even though the groundhog had indicated otherwise a few days ago!


 All pictures
#1: The confluence is near the center of the picture
#2: View to the north
#3: View to the east
#4: View to the south
#5: View to the west
#6: View of GPS screen
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  Notes
From Annapolis, MD, take US-50 east to exit 46 (across the William Preston Lane Jr Memorial Bridge). Take US-301 east for 8.5 miles, and take a right onto SR-304 east (away from Centreville). Go 1.4 miles and turn right onto an unnamed road. Go 1.24 miles until the road ends in a T at Little Eagle Rd. To get to the confluence, turn left and walk 280 feet on Little Eagle Rd. Then, leave the road and walk due south 800 feet (remember to adjust if you're using a magnetic compass). Another way to get to the confluence would be to go 1.26 miles past the unnamed road on SR 304, and turn right onto Greenville Rd. Go 0.73 miles and turn right onto Little Eagle Rd. The best way to determine the confluence point is still to walk from the intersection of the unnamed road and Little Eagle Rd.