13-May-2001 -- Three Confluences in one day - well that was my aim for May 13. It ended up as two new confluences and one distant Attempt. As the song goes - "two out of three ain't bad".
The first visit before lunch involved a two-and-a-half-hour drive from home to S34 E150, but the road we headed down ran out a few kilometres distant from the Confluence. The second visit after lunch to S34 E148 was successful, thanks to an unmapped road easement that led to within 70 metres. The last visit to S34 E149 ended up being after sunset and maybe just as well since it was 400 metres onto farmland.
My third Confluence visit on May 13 2001 was to S34 E149, however the sun had set while I was still 50 km away. Being so close, I decided to keep heading towards it and hope there would be enough daylight left for a photograph. The photograph shows that I didn't really make it during daylight, because when I arrived at the nearest point on the road, I was still 400 metres from the Confluence.
I decided to head off in the dark with GPS, camera and torch. After crossing two fences and one creek, I realised that the Confluence wasn't on the hillock where I thought it was. That meant crossing the same creek again and another two fences! Finally I reached the Confluence in the middle of a newly ploughed paddock which, fortunately, was dry. Strangely similar to the previous Confluence I had visited in Germany four months earlier at N53 E009, which set me to wondering how I could convince anyone that I had really visited this Confluence. When I looked at the last vestiges of crimson sky in the west (yes - the sun still sets in the west in the Southern Hemisphere! ) I noticed that the distant farm buildings formed a unique profile which should verify the location of this photo.