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United States : Indiana

3.4 miles (5.5 km) N of Williamsburg, Wayne, IN, USA
Approx. altitude: 362 m (1187 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 40°S 95°E

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

#2: The Dawn of International Confluence Day 2011 in east central Indiana #3: Looking east from 40N 85W, just before clouds cover the sun #4: Looking south #5: Looking over barely frozen ground to the west of 40N 85W #6: Eleven zeroes on International Confluence Day, at about 24 meters lower elevation than Hoosier Hill #7: The remains of last year’s crop, captured with artificial light #8: The remains of last week’s snow, sheltered in a slight depression

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  40°N 85°W (visit #3)  

#1: Looking north from 40N 85W at first light

(visited by Woody Harrell)

20-Feb-2011 -- Winter slumbering in the open air/ Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!

-Samuel Taylor Coleridge (composed 21st February 1825)

[influenced, most likely, by his observance of International Confluence Day 24 hours earlier…]

For the second year in a row, I am privileged to witness the dawn of International Confluence Day at a whole integer Latitude-Longitude crossing: last year in New Hampshire in the eastern time zone; this year in Indiana in the central time zone. And once again I am alone, as my wife, fatigued by yesterday’s strenuous day of confluence reconnoitering, has decided to sit this one out. Actually more likely to be sleeping that sitting based on her reaction to the attempted 4:00 a.m. wake-up call…

I drive west from Dayton on I-70. It is still dark as I cross into Indiana. The interstate highway circles Richmond to the north, and I exit I-70 northwest towards Williamsburg. There I turn due north for the final approach to 40N. At the 40th parallel I park in the driveway of a vacant two-story house on the west side of Centerville Road, about a third of a mile south of the Randolph County line.

Last night’s cold temperature has refrozen a thin crust on top of yesterday’s muddy field, and careful walking brings me to the point with relatively clean shoes. After zeroing out, I turn my attention to the east, for what looks like the making of a magnificent sunrise. But the sun loses a race to the horizon to the heavy cloud cover moving rapidly in from the west, and the rich colors on the horizon quickly disappear. Yet I am still satisfied as I head back towards my car.

This is the 15th confluence point I have visited on International Confluence Day, each being in a different state. I’d like to add two more such visits before the sun sets on the project’s 15th anniversary.

Indiana –“Crossroads of America”


 All pictures
#1: Looking north from 40N 85W at first light
#2: The Dawn of International Confluence Day 2011 in east central Indiana
#3: Looking east from 40N 85W, just before clouds cover the sun
#4: Looking south
#5: Looking over barely frozen ground to the west of 40N 85W
#6: Eleven zeroes on International Confluence Day, at about 24 meters lower elevation than Hoosier Hill
#7: The remains of last year’s crop, captured with artificial light
#8: The remains of last week’s snow, sheltered in a slight depression
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