07-Apr-2001 -- A weekend trip to my in-laws put me within 50 miles of this confluence so I decided to give it a try. Leaving from Monroe City, MO, I had already studied maps and terraserver images and had a pretty good idea of what it would take to get to the location.
I had no difficulty in reaching the general area and it was clearly marked as the property of Mr. Wiseman. I made my way up his long gravel driveway and was thankful for four-wheel drive as I made my way to the farmhouse to ask permission to be on the property. I tried to explain to Mr. Wiseman and his wife why I wanted to take pictures in his woods - but I am certain they had no idea what I was doing. I showed them some printouts of terraserver images of their farm and of the location that I was trying to reach. They liked the satellite view of their farm and I think that helped them understand, at least a little, what I wanted to photograph. They politely gave their permission and and I set off for the confluence.
As the confluence was in a wooded area about a half-mile south of the Wiseman house, I had already decided from the terraserver views that the easiest path was to head back to the east and through a couple of open fields and then in to the woods. However, when I saw that the fields were full of cows, I decided on option two - which was to follow a creek bed which lay right on the 92 W longitude line until reaching the confluence area.
It took about 20 minutes to make the distance with a steep 30 foot climb up the creek bed the toughest part. Once at the location, I spent about twenty minutes walking in circles trying to get all zeroes on the GPS. Every time I seemed to get a fix on it I would loose either longitude or latitude by a decimal or two. The heavy tree cover added to the difficulty of getting a good fix with the GPS. I have greater respect now for all of those confluences that get good zeroes but have noted that most of them are NOT deep in the woods.
A quick trek back to my car and on to Monroe City, I made it to my in-laws less three hours after my confluence hunt began.