28-May-2002 -- Well, so far on this Texas leg of my visit I have done one CP a day, today I fly to San Francisco, do we have time for one more? My flight isn't till 3.30pm but it is from Austin and I am in Houston. So if I take the obvious route of Houston to Austin via Milam County....obvious route, well it is if you are a confluence hunter. Those who know the area will be asking why not (30°N 97°W) instead - simple really I did that one back in February.
This was pretty simple to get to, out 290E towards Austin, then onto TX-6 for another 76 miles, before swinging onto 77N. Along the way I crossed over the River Brazos, notice all the birds in the air, there were even more on the other side of the river.
Coming up 77 from the South I turned left onto CR134 as previously noted, this took me to the West of the CP, only problem was there were 6 feet high crops in the way. Following the road back to 77 I came out to the North of the CP. The map showed what looked like a road that would cut South of the CP and rejoin CR134. Well maps can be deceiving, I passed an overgrown track on the right, then realised that the GPS said I was already South and getting further away.
Hmmm....turn around and back towards that overgrown track, the entrance to which is at 30D.59M.51.9S/96D.59M.38.1S it looked as though it was driveable so I pulled in, hoping I would be able to turn round at the end. When I got to the barn you can just see in Pic 2, it was obvious that whatever this field had been used for, it wasn't used very much anymore. I parked up and headed off to the CP which I reckoned was about 500 yards away.
A previous visitor made mention of the soil type, I would classify it as more of a sticky clay type, by the time I was half-way across the field I was about two inches taller with what was stuck to my shoes. As I approached the field edge it looked like the CP may be in the trees of beyond. Luckily the GPS flicked to all zero's about 10 yards short. The GPS montage shows location, accuracy and altitude.
Looking North there is some nice vegetation, a stark contrast to yesterday's dust-bowl CP ((30°N 96°W)). The more interesting shots were the South, East and West. After 15 minutes scraping off my shoes, it was off to Austin to fly to San Francisco.