06-Jan-2001 -- After visiting my first confluence, 42°N 97°W, earlier this
morning, I made my way west towards Elgin, NE. I originally had
planned to follow HWY-275 to Neligh, NE and then south to Elgin.
However, I wanted to test out my new Nebraska Atlas so I departed
HWY-275 at Meadow Grove, NE and headed south.
It wasn't long before I was in line with the 42nd parallel, but still too
far to the east. The pavement gave way to gravel, which gave way
to dirt, as I followed the compass on my GPS receiver. After trying
several different routes, I found a narrow dirt road that delivered
me to within 0.2 miles of my destination. The confluence was
located inside a farmer's field. There were no signs posted, so I
climbed over a barbwire fence and headed up a hill. The confluence
was located just over the top of the hill. It was a great view of
farmland from that location.
Two confluences down. I figured I could probably get at least
two more today with the good luck I was having. After setting my
next waypoint, 42°N 99°W, I was off for Burwell, NE.
As I mentioned on the previous confluence page
(42°N 97°W), I had to abort my
journey to one confluence. After heading north on HWY-11 from
Burwell, NE I neared the next confluence. I found myself once
again able to reach 42°N, but this time I was too far west of 99°W.
The only road I could located going east was better suited for an
off-road vehicle, but I wasn't going to let that stop me.
Immediately, I came to a cattle-crossing gate, but there were no
signs forbidding onward travel (only several old license plates nailed
to the posts). I continued on and crossed about a half dozen more
cattle-crossing gates until I arrived at two homes. Several barking
dogs approached my car which prevented me from going up to the
door of a house. I didn't see anyone come out of the houses either,
so I left. I consulted the map once again and concluded that the
Little Cedar Creek would run almost right though the confluence.
When I reached the creek, my GPS indicated that I was over 4
miles away from my goal. It didn't take long to decide against an
8-mile roundtrip hike though a creek. Maybe this summer I can
return and make a second attempt on this confluence, if it's still