24-Feb-2001 -- Mikolaj had just bought his first GPS, and, being very excited about the whole concept, Mikolaj, Megan and Duncan decided on a weekend trip from Sydney to find a virgin confluence point.
Scanning the surrounding region on the website, all the virgin points looked a little hard to get to for our three road bikes, but Duncan was keen on 37S 149E - quite a ride from Sydney to get there in a day, but only 5km from the nearest major road. We obtained topo maps and the situation got even brighter - an unsealed road went to within 2km of the point, and a track came to within 450m!
From Sydney, we came down the Hume Hwy and then the Federal Hwy, through Queanbeyan and following the Monaro Hwy down to Cooma, and then Bombala. About 29km out from Bombala, on a stretch of highway between Bombala and Delegate, near the Victorian Border, we found the unsealed road, sign posted with several Homesteads - including a Berry farm selling Jams and Condiments. We could not find the track running close to the confluence point so stopped at the Baroona homestead to introduce ourselves to the residents. The dogs barking at our bikes brought the family out to enquire if we were lost,at which we happily replied that we were indeed the opposite of lost, and nearly exactly where we wanted to be!
We explained the confluence project to the family, and they were more than happy for us to wander over their land and find it. The family's 17-year old son, Stephen Woefle, joined us with their two dogs for the 1.76km easterly trek. The paddocks near the homestead were overgrown with waist-high grass and vegetation, and we continued on over small hills and gulleys with trees and sparse undergrowth until locating the confluence point amidst sparse forest.