31-Aug-2003 -- This would be a confluence filled Labor Day weekend. Nine successful attempts would be made making a large triangle across Nevada and partially into California with four confluences on each side. Proceeding east to 35n-115w, my plan was to proceed north to 38n-115w capturing four (
38n-115w), then due west to 38n-118w for three more (
38n-118w), then diagonally southeast capturing the remaining two (
36n-116w), leaving a single confluence in the center which, at 37n-116w, will likely never be visited. Total round-trip mileage ended up being 1240 miles.
Noting that previous visits to 38n-117w all approached from the west, I decided to approach this one from the east. National Geographic Topo Nevada showed it to be a little shorter and almost direct. From Highway 6 we turned south on the Tonopah Test Range road for a few miles then made a right turn onto a dirt road leading to a well and a run down stable. We then proceeded right on the dirt road heading northwest (the same one that passes by the Tonopah VORTAC if you were coming from the west). This road would have been passable for our RV but we noticed a small herd of wild horses approaching and stopped. They most likely associated a vehicle with food by the well so I decided to proceed the rest of the way by bike while my wife and kids stayed and watched the horses.
It was easy traveling on the bike and I decided to continue direct to the point after about a mile This was easy to do as long as you were on the white or black lakebed. This is another point in the middle of absolutely nowhere. I took my pictures and headed back. It was time for a shower!
Total round-trip distance from highway 6 was 14.3 miles and time was 2 hours, 21 minutes. Off to our next destination, 38n-118w!