29-Nov-2001 -- The Quest for N48W82.
Getting Quo Vadis working with my Garmin GPS III+ and my laptop was a huge leap forward helping us locate and document Confluence Points. The moving detail maps is a big advance.
On Thursday Nov 29 2001 Badge met me in Timmins and we headed out on Highway 101 West.
The maps had shown a bush road that came to within 1 Kilometer of N48W82. We turned off Highway 101 near Sewell Lake and headed south on a logging road. It was snowing heavily and we managed to dodge the logging trucks, plows and fuel trucks for 30 kilometers.
We paused at a Canadian National Railway crossing and pondered a nearby structure........Badge figured it was some kind of wave trap used in communication???????
We followed the logging road and ended up within 400 meters of the point.....other roads had been built that did not show on our maps. We parked the truck and after much elaborate preparations we headed into the thick Northern Ontario bush with Badge leading and me calling out directions to the point. We tromped through 8-10 inches of snow and crossed a small creek.
While I did the confluence dance looking for all zeroes Badge cut a picket with his Daddy's hatchet, set up the tripod and prepared for the official picture taking using his Leica.
The location is typical for this part of the country with mixed forest consisting of spruce, balsam, birch and cedar.
The return trip was uneventful, except for the incident with the peanut butter and onion sandwich. The next confluences are a little more remote and from the maps look to be a bit more difficult to get to.