15-Oct-2006 -- Cheryl and I had spent the weekend square dancing at West Virginia’s North Bend State Park. As was our custom, our trip home included several geodashing dashpoints. It was only a minor detour between two dashpoints to visit the confluence at 39N 81W.
Just south of Big Springs we turned east off of WV 16 onto Klipshire Road. After about four miles we came to Trace Fork where we turned north on CR 16. It was a good gravel road for a short distance but after passing an attractive rural home on the left, the road merged with a stream. The previous visitor was able to continue in his pickup truck, but Allyson, my small Acura, was no match for those conditions. We backed up to the driveway of the aforementioned home and parked Allyson. It was only a little over a half mile to the confluence so I donned my hiking boots and set off on foot. Cheryl remained behind in Allyson. It was not particularly difficult hiking. I was able to walk most of the way in the road/stream bed. When there was too much water I could walk on the bank beside the stream. Near the confluence the road climbed out of the stream bed and up a moderate grade traversing a steep hill. The confluence was about 100 feet up the steep side of the hill beyond a gas line valve. It was with some difficulty that I finally got all zeros on my GPSr. The steep slope and heavy tree cover made the traditional GPS dance more difficult than usual. When I returned to Cheryl who was waiting in Allyson, I learned that she had been visited by the owner of the home near where I had parked. He was checking to see if we were having car trouble. Apparently it was unusual for someone to be stopped there. I guess he accepted Cheryl’s explanation that I was out doing my GPS thing on foot. Unfortunately I noted after processing my pictures that my camera malfunctioned for several of them. I included a couple anyway since the subject is still quite visible.