22-Dec-2000 -- The temperature in Rugby was well below zero when we awoke on
Friday morning. Rugby is an appropriate place to begin a day of
confluence hunting since it is the geographical center of North
America. It was a clear day and we headed east on U.S. highway 2 for
Grand Forks and our eventual target of Fargo. We were on a circle tour
of North Dakota visiting friends and relatives for Christmas and I
wanted to bag a confluence point or two on this trip.
We reached Grand Forks before noon and crossed over the Red River
into Minnesota. There we turned north on 220 for a few miles. We
turned east on County Rd 65 but this went past the point about a half a
mile to the south of it. We doubled back and went north to the next
turn. This was effectively a half mile long driveway to a farm.
Just before reaching the point it curved and ended in the farmers
yard. We parked on the corner and due to the below zero temperatures
Monique decided to wait in the car with the camera while I walked out to
the point about 400 feet away. I tried to walk on top of the snow
drifts but kept falling thru to about knee deep, much to the amusement
of my fiancee I later found out.
When I got to within 100 feet of the point I came to a frozen river
(the Grand Marais according to my gazetteer). Since I am not familiar
with the area or when the ice gets safe in these parts and I weigh in
excess of 300 lbs without my winter gear on I decided NOT to test the
strength of the ice. In the photos I am standing 105 feet due west of
the point so the point would be near the far bank of the River.
I hope this is still within the allowed accuracy as I counted this as
a successful point reached. I trudged back to the car and took some
more photos from there. Then it was back on the highway and hoping to
have time for another point that day (see N47 W97).