19-Jun-2002 -- I forgot about two of the basic items in Texas. One, it is big. I stopped to consult my map to figure where I missed my turn. I simply had not got there yet. Two, the panhandle is windy, as this was the first time I've observed insulators on power lines leaning from vertical due to the wind. It made riding my motorcycle more interesting.
The confluence was about 6 miles south of the paved ranch road on gravel roads. The ranch road was along rolling hills of unfenced, irrigated fields, or barbed wire contained heads of cattle, both with oil "donkeys" strewn about. Traveling south, approaching the Canadian river canyon made the confluence unlike most of the surrounding rolling land as the pictures will relate.
My first road south was too far to the west, an undrivable canyon between me and the confluence, having to backtrack back to the ranch road and return one gravel road back to the east. This one was it.
A couple of cattle guards, and dropping down from the plains, I eventually was on a two track dirt road with plains' grasses on both sides of me. I got within .4 miles, but decided I did not want to pull off into some of the cacti, nor leave my bike in the middle of the road. I continued a bit further and eventually parked in a graded area that an oil company built/uses to extract the product from the tank from the adjacent oil well. It was now a .5 mile hike.
Three hills and two dry creek beds and avoiding the low lying cactus made my route longer. While I was pleased to take photos of the more visually stunning terrain, you have to remember the miles around this have the same ground cover, but are generally flat.