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United States : North Dakota

4.6 miles (7.4 km) SW of Selfridge, Sioux, ND, USA
Approx. altitude: 675 m (2214 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 46°S 79°E

Accuracy: 1 m (3 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: South and West Views #3: View from atop butte, 10 miles from confluence #4: "How sweet it is" #5: GPS Display #6: Confluence-Visiting Trip Route

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  46°N 101°W (visit #1)  

#1: North and East Views

(visited by Danny Strickland)

28-May-2002 -- I departed 47°N 101°W and drove south towards this last confluence of my trip, which is on Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Part of the drive was through the outskirts of the Badlands. I stopped at a very scenic area about 10 miles from the confluence and took some photos from atop a butte looking out across the plains.

I left there and drove on into Selfridge, ND where I headed west for a few miles before driving south on a little 2-rut road than ran between two pastures. Another confluencer, Curt Christiansen, emailed me and warned me that the north-south road on the map didn't exist, but the east-west road from Selfridge was a good road. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring his email with me. Sure enough, the little road I was on ended and I had to drive across some extremely rough fields for a few miles. I bottomed my truck out several times and rearranged all my gear in the cargo area of my truck. I eventually made it to a decent road and drove right up to the confluence. I took the photos and kicked back on a nearby tractor for a while with a cigar to savor the moment.

I left Mississippi on 17 May and visited my first confluence on 19 May in Nebraska. In 10 days I attempted 23 confluence visits and was able to make it to all but 3 of them. One due to snow, another due to mud, and the other due to water. The temperatures on this trip ranged from 26°F to 88° F (-3°C to 31°C). I made it back home on 31 May, so I drove approximately 5,500 miles (8,851 km) in 15 days, passed through 10 states and took a brief side trip into Canada. This was quite an adventure for me and after it was all said and done, I had a blast doing it. Thanks to all the people along the way who helped and most of all to Alex Jarrett for having this idea and making it a reality. I can't wait until my trip next summer... Alaska here I come! Curt Christiansen is from there and hopefully we can hook up and visit some together. I think this trip was a lot lower on the difficulty scale than the Alaska trip is going to be.

Until next year,
Danny Strickland
www.artgaga.com


 All pictures
#1: North and East Views
#2: South and West Views
#3: View from atop butte, 10 miles from confluence
#4: "How sweet it is"
#5: GPS Display
#6: Confluence-Visiting Trip Route
ALL: All pictures on one page (broadband access recommended)
  Notes
In the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.