16-Apr-2001 -- N42W111 was supposed to be the spot where Utah, Idaho,
and Wyoming joined. As usual, the surveyors were close
on latitude but way off (2.4 miles) on longitude. What
does the Confluence Project do when the surveyors get
it right? List the spot under all three states? The
first one alphabetically?
When we got to where we were looking for the dirt road
off of Country Road 207, a herd of cows was blocking
the road. A rancher was busy getting them headed back
north to the very road we wanted to use and herding
them through a gate to fenced range. We tried to take
a detour around the cows but that didn't work out.
We drove to the gate the cows had gone through to find
it open and a young girl riding drag and watching the
cows drift back south. We asked if it would be all
right to drive a mile or so up the road. She made some
non-commital reply that I interpreted as "yes" and we
were on our way.
The road follows the ridge line and wouldn't be bad if
someone hadn't driven it in wet weather and badly
rutted it. We straddled the tracks by driving with one
wheel on the center and one off of the track. Driving
in the rut looked like a good way to high center or rip
the oil sump off. When we came to a clearing, we
parked the truck, took a bearing to where the
confluence was, and used the GPS to cross the small dry
stream course that was between us and the confluence.
Coming from Salt Lake City, we were in Utah, Wyoming,
Utah, and Wyoming to get to the confluence and then
Wyoming, Utah, Wyoming, and Utah on the way back. It
was interesting to see how the roads changed at the
state lines. Wyoming likes State 89 and CR 207 much
better than Utah likes State 16 and Manhead road.