03-Jun-2018 -- As I had just arrived in Illinois and would be in this state and in Kentucky for a week promoting geospatial technology, at a conference and at several universities, and as the confluence project is all about and would not be possible without geospatial technology, and as I had been visiting these dear friends only 15 minutes away from this confluence point, I felt it was my honored duty to suggest that we visit this point before I departed. With all in agreement, soon we were rolling through the suburbs of Chicago with our eye on the Center, discussing life and all things geopsatial. It was a fine day in the late vestiges of spring, not too hot, with some moderate breezes blowing a few puffy clouds through the sky. What's not to love?
We entered Elk Grove Village and arrived in the confluence neighborhood in the early afternoon, local time, and so as not to make this TOO easy, we parked down the block adjacent to the park. People were watching and playing sports there, but we were on a mission and had no time for such things. We gathered our homemade signs, phones, and GPS and set off to the west, down the sidewalk, until we neared the confluence point. After only a few minutes, we zeroed out the GPS unit, with one member of our group scanning for oncoming traffic, because on this day, the confluence point ended up being just about in the exact center of the roadway. The temperature stood at about 80 F (26.6 C) under sunny skies. We took photographs and videos and tried a few more times to zero out the unit, succeeding each time, which was great fun. Unlike during my past visits, nobody from the neighboring houses came out to greet us.
I had stood on 42 North many times in the past, from the semideserts of Wyoming on the west to the suburbs of Boston on the east. I had also stood on 88 West several times, from the woods of Michigan on the north to the grounds of a powerplant in Alabama on the south. I had a nice tidy collection of points in Illinois, including the points west and south of here, and also 40 North 90 West, and a few others in the middle of the state. I have visited this point at 42 North 88 West several times in the past, but each time it is different, including a blazing hot June day, and a very windy February day. Indeed, today it was extra "spatial" to be with these dear friends. Due to my appointment at a college in Kentucky at the end of the day, we only stayed on site about 15 minutes, and walked back to the vehicle, and a short time later, after more geeky fun photo shoots, we parted ways. It was indeed a wonderful excuse to get into the field and see some fine folks at the start of a week filled with geospatial activities.