13-Aug-2010 -- The primary reason for this trip was my 50th high school reunion in Benedict, NE. As usual we planned a few GPS events along the way.
One of my current goals is to visit confluences and dashpoints in as many different states as I can. Hence, for this trip I wanted to visit confluences in Iowa (41N95W) and Nebraska (41N98W) as well as dashpoints in Kansas. I was successful on all counts.
The confluence at 41N98W is 18 miles directly west of Benedict near Marquette, NE. As noted by Doug Savery in May of 2008, the confluence is in the middle of a corn field. In May, however, he had only to deal with the stubble from last year’s crop. My experience in the middle of August was making my way a quarter mile into a field of TALL corn that was literally 11 feet tall (photo #5 looking up). A field access road took me west from NE-14 along the south edge of the field to 98W and I walked between the north/south rows of corn to the confluence location (photo #6). As is obvious from photos 1-4 to the east, west, south, and north, one can see nothing but corn here today.