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United States : New Mexico

14.6 miles (23.6 km) SSE of La Loma, Guadalupe, NM, USA
Approx. altitude: 1630 m (5347 ft)
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Antipode: 35°S 75°E

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

#2: Looking East towards Hwy 84 #3: South - Interstate 40 passes in the distance #4: Looking West #5: More Zeros! #6: Zoomed in looking South showing trucks on I40, cows and Antelope in field #7: Cactus with yellow seed pods and dead cactus branches on the ground #8: Cactus and seed pods #9: Looking North along Hwy 84.  Prior to I40 being built, this was part of historic Route 66 #10: Wind blown confluence hunters with historic Route 66 sign ... and friendly local cat

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  35°N 105°W (visit #6)  

#1: North - cows can be seen in the distance on the left

(visited by Alan Fox, Carolyn Fox and Symon)

14-Dec-2010 --

While on a road trip from Regina, Saskatchewan Canada to Florida to spend Christmas and New Years with our daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters, we visited a few confluences. This confluence is 14.6 miles SSE of La Loma, New Mexico. We traveled south on Highway 84 which was formerly the historic "Route 66". As the song goes, "I get my kicks on Route 66". Interstate 40 was constructed in its place and is visible to the south of the confluence. Near Highway marker 'Mile 64' we pulled off to park beside Highway 84. It was 9:00 AM, the sun was shining and there was a light wind. It was 39°F. The field to the west contained the confluence. Black Angus cows and Antelope were grazing there.

We had a tight squeeze to get through the barbed wire fence before we could start walking towards the spot. The ground cover consisted of dried mud beds scattered with cow dung and hoof prints along with wild grassy areas with varying sizes of cacti. It appeared that the cacti were in bloom but upon closer investigation, the yellow "blooms" were actually attractive seed pods. We also saw what looked like woven bleached pieces of wood strewn about. They looked like driftwood that would be found on a beach, but were actually the dead branches of cacti without the green flesh and spikes. There were power lines to walk under before reaching the confluence spot, 608 meters from Highway 84. We had hoped that the cows peacefully grazing there would not suddenly become attack cows, but we needn't have feared - they ran off when we got too close.

After getting our required photos from the confluence spot, we started walking back towards the highway. This was our third confluence along 105°W on this road trip. We have also visited seven confluences on 105°W in our home province of Saskatchewan in Canada.

Back in our vehicle we turned east on Interstate 40 just south of the confluence and continued to follow historic Route 66 for about 500 miles. We felt that there was some significance to having our photo taken with a Route 66 sign as we are two 66 year olds who were married in '66.


 All pictures
#1: North - cows can be seen in the distance on the left
#2: Looking East towards Hwy 84
#3: South - Interstate 40 passes in the distance
#4: Looking West
#5: More Zeros!
#6: Zoomed in looking South showing trucks on I40, cows and Antelope in field
#7: Cactus with yellow seed pods and dead cactus branches on the ground
#8: Cactus and seed pods
#9: Looking North along Hwy 84. Prior to I40 being built, this was part of historic Route 66
#10: Wind blown confluence hunters with historic Route 66 sign ... and friendly local cat
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