04-Jun-2016 -- As I was in Cincinnati to give the keynote address to the 700 educators gathered for the reading and assessment of this year's Advance Placement (AP) Human Geography examination, and as human geography is focused on spatial relationships, land use, and other aspects of the world and its people, I thought that a confluence visit would be the perfect capstone. I had just departed the AP reading that Saturday morning and had visited 39N 84W by mid-morning, and as 39N 85W was more or less on the way to my next event, (to a geographer anyway) in Louisville, it was now my aim to visit that point. Plus, it would give me an opportunity to drive along rural roads on the Indiana side of the Ohio River. I love river bottomland landscapes and rural terrain and was very much looking forward to it.
And so, late morning found me heading west out of Cincinnati, crossing into Indiana on US 50, and enjoying the terrain. It was a bit of an overcast day but it had not rained since early that day while I was in Ohio. At first I considered hiking along the powerline right of way from the north, but then thought that it would be best to trek from the south, even if that meant bothering the landowner. I turned south on Hueseman Road, and then followed it around some really interesting rural landscapes, all the way to the house where every other visitor to this point must have stopped. My spirits were raised when I saw the "Fresh Eggs for sale" sign in the front yard, which seemed to me hopeful, because if the occupants expected visitors, I wouldn't be totally unexpected, even if my purpose was different. After a short conversation with the occupants, my only surprise came when I found out that the homeowner seemed not to be aware of the previous visitors, or perhaps he was new here since the last visit. True, the last visit was in 2011. Out of courtesy I invited him along for the trek and he accompanied me up to the pond, where I found the point on the northwest shore, where the others had found it. It was fortunately right in the mowed path and not in the shrubs or worse, in the water. I had no problems zeroing out the unit.
It was around noon in early June, late spring. The temperature stood at about 80 degrees and it was a bit hazy but rather calm outside. I saw no animals or birds and made haste to take the photographs and videos quickly, not wanting to bother the landowner longer than I needed to. I have a long line of confluences along 39 North, from California on the west to Maryland on the east. It is my most visited line of latitude. I also have visited several points along 85 West longitude, from Michigan on the north to Georgia on the south. This was about my 6th point in Indiana but I am starting to lose count!
After documenting the site, on our hike back to the driveway, I had a nice chat with the landowner, wished him well and thanked him, and we parted ways. I then had an extremely scenic drive on rural roads, largely on the Indiana side of the Ohio River, down to Louisville, Kentucky. This is where my next event would take place, the GeoTech Center Community College GIS conference. I was looking forward to it. Get out there and explore the world!