29-May-2005 -- It was Memorial Day weekend and time for another epic confluence and geodashing trip. Sam Gallucci and I would team up again to visit as many confluences as possible in a constrained amount of time. Our goal was to successfully visit at least 8 confluences and 20 geodashing points on this trip.
As we were northbound on Izzenhood Road from Battle Mountain we observed the Humboldt and Reese Rivers flooding almost everything along the way. Izzenhood Road eventually turns in to a fairly good dirt road. We came up to a gate across the road right where it became lined with trees south of a field and were thwarted by a No Trespassing sign. The sign also said you need to contact the “26 Ranch” manager for permission to enter. We called information and got the number (775-635-2525). We attempted calling for permission but there was no answer.
Sam and I started backtracking towards Battle Mountain and discussed visiting the confluence south of here and then coming back to try again when someone might be home to answer the phone.
A few miles south, we found a road leading west along a powerline right of way that continued towards the confluence. We followed the powerlines for awhile and then unloaded the ATV’s and continued along this dirt doubletrack.
We converged with the main road well northwest of the ranch (an approach from the north and NV-789 may even be easier). Three pronghorn antelope were racing us as we rode off to the side – very, very cool! We turned off onto grassland for the last third of a mile and were able to ride directly to the confluence.
This shows the general area of the confluence and tries to capture the prevalence of grass and flowers. Here we look North. Picture 3 looks East. While picture 4 looks South. West is towards the Osgood Mountains. While here shows a perfect GPS reading. How we got here.
We were back at our vehicle by 1030 after a 16.8 mile, hour-long ATV ride. We were back in Battle Mountain by 1115 – after a 4 hour, 66 mile excursion from Interstate 80.
The adventure continues at 40°N 117°W