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United States : Wisconsin

4.3 miles (6.9 km) ESE of Athens, Marathon, WI, USA
Approx. altitude: 409 m (1341 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 45°S 90°E

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#2: Okay, we found it.  Who's carrying him back? #3: GPS showing exactly 45N 90W. #4: Quick shot showing the area with Kurt & Noah.

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  45°N 90°W (visit #5)  

#1: Not much else to see, so we wrote in the snow.

(visited by Jason Dostal, Noah Rhodes and Kurt Wege)

31-Dec-2000 -- We decided on a whim to go find this one. We were on our way back from visiting 45N91W, and as we were playing around with the GPS and looking at the map to figure out what point we were going to find next, we realized we were pretty close to this one.

So, we got off the highway when we figured we were far enough along, and traveled north for awhile. This hunt wasn't planned out at all, so the GPS was used for navigation quite a bit. The map certainly wasn't detailed enough for us to find it.

We drove through a few small towns, Athens, and Pontiatowski I think the names were. Eventually we made it to some smaller back roads, following the GPS. We slowed down when we were within half a mile of it, and we noticed that the spot was going to be in the middle of a farm field. We drove around the field, looking for the easiest access, or an owner, when we found the snowmobile trail.

We got out of the car, and followed the trail for about 0.3 miles. The trail took us to within 20 feet of where the GPS was telling us the point was. So, when the GPS said head 90 degrees left, we did, and the coordinates clicked into place about 20 feet off of the trail.

We snapped a few pictures, and headed back, only having to dodge a few groups of snowmobilers. I’m sure they were pretty confused, seeing three college guys in the middle of a cornfield taking pictures. Pretty much every one of them slowed down and stared at us for awhile.

What’s funny about this point, is that we never even thought to find it because it was listed as found on the site. When we got back home, we checked on the site to see if it had been found or not (we couldn’t remember at the time), and were pretty surprised to find out that it is a famous site. We never saw the sign or the marker, but we did see the bar pictured on the site. I'm happy to say that the site is no longer just an attempt, we were able to get right to the confluence point without any trouble at all. Definitely a fun one!


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#1: Not much else to see, so we wrote in the snow.
#2: Okay, we found it. Who's carrying him back?
#3: GPS showing exactly 45N 90W.
#4: Quick shot showing the area with Kurt & Noah.
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