the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Colorado

3.9 miles (6.4 km) SE of Trinchera, Las Animas, CO, USA
Approx. altitude: 1870 m (6135 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 37°S 76°E

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#2: View to the north. #3: View to the northwest. #4: View to the south with Mike. #5: GPS's with Mike. #6: Herd of antelope.

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  37°N 104°W (visit #1)  

#1: View to the south.

(visited by Ben Manthey and Michael DiGrazia)

30-Jun-2001 -- We left the area of 37°N 103°W (our second confluence of the day) and headed out of the Black Mesa area and back to the only nearby paved road, route 160. We got to route 160, simply by heading north on road 8. As it was after 1:00 PM we decide to stop for lunch in the next town. We followed Mike's eMap to the closest diner, which turned out to be a deserted building in a town named Kim (pop. 70). Luckily we had passed a town store on the way to the diner, where we returned for a couple of burgers and fries - quite tasty after a hard morning of confluence hunting. We continued west on route 160 to road 127.0, which was another rural dirt road. Almost immediately upon turning onto road 127.0 we experienced one of the plagues of Egypt. Grasshoppers, larger and more numerous then we had ever seen, darkened the sky around the car in an attempt to get out of the way. The grasshoppers were at least a couple of inches long and made incessant thumping noises as they smacked into the car. Looking behind, we saw a veritable rain of the survivors of our passing, falling back to the ground. Once again we headed toward mesas on the horizon. Road 127.0 led into road 129.0. Road 129.0 crossed a double set of railroad tracks. Immediately after crossing the tracks we turned onto road 6.8. From road 6.8 we could see the "towns" of Trinchera and Trinchera Plaza. These were two towns if we counted a single building as a town. We headed away from "town" on road 6.8 until we reached road 125.7. We expected to have to walk quite a distance to the confluence but the road kept winding closer and closer. When we were about a tenth of a mile from the confluence we spotted a herd of pronghorn antelope. When we stopped to check them out they immediately stood up and ran away. We continued to the point on the road that was closest to the confluence. We then walked a few feet to the confluence still accompanied by the grasshoppers. The confluence at 37°N 104°W turned out to be very close to where we had spotted the antelope, between steep banks of hills. It was about 4:00 PM. We took the necessary pictures and drove back toward the main road. Once on route 160 we headed west to the town of Trinidad where we filled the car up and cleaned the grasshopper detritus off of the windshield and grill. From Trinidad we went north on I-25. We stopped only for some food in Colorado Springs, continued the drive past Denver, and for the second time on our trip, drove past 40°N 105°W. We arrived home a few minutes after 9:00 PM, for a total trip time of almost 15 hours, and a total distance driven of about 650 miles. All in all, a long but satisfying day of confluence hunting.

 All pictures
#1: View to the south.
#2: View to the north.
#3: View to the northwest.
#4: View to the south with Mike.
#5: GPS's with Mike.
#6: Herd of antelope.
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