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United States : Wyoming

10.4 miles (16.7 km) NW of Rolling Hills, Converse, WY, USA
Approx. altitude: 1689 m (5541 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 43°S 74°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: 43/-106 to the East #3: 43/-106 to the South #4: 43/-106 to the West - Walking on the Moon #5: A 360 degree panorama from 43/-106.  N, W, S, E, N #6: To the North #7: GPS From 43N 106W

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  43°N 106°W  

#1: X Marks the spot (The wind would have blown away anything I would have put there!)

(visited by Dan Samenus)

21-Jan-2002 -- My trek to this confluence began with a departure from Denver well before sunrise. After battling heavy Wyoming crosswinds for five hours or so, I exited I-25 onto US 20 about 20 miles from 43/-106 with the plan to access the confluence from the southeast. According to MapQuest, WY 256 (a.k.a. Cole Creek Road) forms a loop, joining US 20 from two points, fifteen miles apart. After passing numerous ranches on WY 256 / Cole Creek, I came to an open gate along the road, where WY 256 has fallen into disuse as a loop for US 20. Ahead of me was an open, unimproved dirt road surrounded by scrub as far as the eye could see. I drove to my planned stopping point encountering only a giant herd of cows alongside the road.

While the confluence scene looks like it could be about as frigid as Mars, it was actually a balmy January morning for Wyoming, with temps in the 40's. The winds were not so accommodating. They formed a crescendo of howls, probably sweeping the landscape at 50 mph+ as I walked the last 200m across an open field to the global intersection. The attached video shows the waves of dirt and you can hear the windstorm. A few times I thought a truck was approaching due to the "rooster tail" of dirt moving along the road. Turns out, the wind frequently picks up that much dust and moves it at 20 mph; I had the pleasure of catching up to one of the "invisible trucks" and driving through the dust.

The pictures include the four primary directions from the confluence, a 360-degree panorama photo and a pic of the ground at 43/-106. The shot where X marks the spot is facing roughly ENE.


 All pictures
#1: X Marks the spot (The wind would have blown away anything I would have put there!)
#2: 43/-106 to the East
#3: 43/-106 to the South
#4: 43/-106 to the West - Walking on the Moon
#5: A 360 degree panorama from 43/-106. N, W, S, E, N
#6: To the North
#7: GPS From 43N 106W
#8: MPEG movie: One circle around at 43/106 (2.4MB)
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)