12-May-2001 -- Brian and Steve Mihok's Journey To 41 N, 104 W
We began our journey on May 12, 2001, in our hometown
of Littleton, Colorado. We proceeded to make our way over
to Interstate 25, and took I -25 North to Fort Collins. We
got off at exit 269 and began traveling east on Colorado
Highway 14. We passed through the town of Ault and just
north of Briggsdale while on 14. We then made a left on
County Rd 390 and began traveling northwest. We passed
through the town of Keota and then came to Grover. At
Grover we began traveling east on County Rd 122. We took
122 until we came to County Rd 105. We turned left onto 105 and began traveling north. When we came to County Rd 136, we took a right and began traveling east. At the
intersection of 136 and County Rd 111, we turned left on
111 and traveled north to the High Point Bison Ranch, at
which point we knew the confluence was on the ranch property.
The confluence is located on the High Point Bison Ranch. The husband and wife who own the ranch are incredibly nice people. My brother and I wanted to include their names on this website, but they asked us to please keep their names private. They gave us full permission to drive onto their ranch and go where we needed to. The confluence is just off of a dirt path that the couple told us to drive along. The path is just two tire tracks where they have driven their trucks along the fence that separates the two fields. The couple is not currently using the field that the confluence sits in, and it has very dry, tumbleweed looking vegetation in it. When standing on the confluence, one cannot see very far to the west, because the confluence resides on the lower part of a hill that has its high point to the west. One can see a bit farther to the north and south, although the rolling hills of the area get in the way again. The best view from the confluence is looking east, where one can see a great distance from the confluence.
My brother and I had never traveled throughout northern Colorado, except on I-76 and I-25, which had tainted our view of the place as the middle of nowhere. Once we got off the interstate and began traveling the county roads, we were amazed at how beautiful it really is. Northern Colorado is an area of rolling hills and ranches. It truly is the high plains, as one can begin to tell that the land is changing from plain to mountain. It has a semi-arid climate, and it is a very dry area. The only ranches that grow crops are ones that irrigate their land. There were so many times where we crested a hill and the view was incredible. We could see literally as far as the eye could see. The people who live in this area are very nice people. We had more than a couple of instances where we were driving along and someone, either in a car or on horseback, waved to us. My brother and I found that to be astonishing, because no one in the big city would just wave to you if you were a complete stranger.
On our way home, Brian and I made our way to Interstate 80 in Wyoming, and then came home on I-25. My brother and I chose this confluence because Brian has spent his entire life in the states of Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado, and I have spent all but a year and a half in them. The confluence sits on the Colorado-Nebraska border, and is not too far from the intersection of Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. We thought it would be neat to be able to travel through the three states that have been our home for so long all in the same day, and get to explore our current home state of Colorado.
My brother and I want to give a special thanks to our
parents, Stephen and Judy Mihok, who helped us plan our trip and get things ready to go. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the couple that owns the High Point Bison Ranch, for allowing us full access to the confluence and being so kind to two complete strangers. We also owe a big thank you to Space Grant at the University of Colorado-Boulder, who allowed us to check out their very expensive digital camera for use on our trip.