17-Jun-2001 -- (continued from 47N104W)
Heading west on I-94 from North Dakota into Montana we turned south on MT7 at Wibaux. We went to Baker, MT and turned east on US12 back into North Dakota. About 5 miles from the border, near Marmoth, we turned south on the gravel Camp Crook Road (picture #2). The daylight was fading fast but we decided to give a try at our 5th confluence of the day. 46N104W looked to be about ¼ mile off a small road off Camp Crook Rd. When we reached the spot where I thought this road would be, we couldn’t find it. We may have missed it in the fading light but I think it just wasn’t there. Our GPS said it was only 1.35 miles to the point so we decided to jog to it across the scrub range (picture #4). We took off at 9:52 pm and reached the point at 10:12 pm. We crossed three barbwire fences (picture #6, taken on return trip to car), which we went over, under, or slipped through, depending on the terrain. The easiest going was in the dry washes. We scared up some sort of jackrabbit along the way. After the photos (pictures #1 & #5) we used the GPS to find our way back to the car in the dark. The photos are not very good quality but show the progression of darkness as we traveled to the confluence. Round trip for the 2.7 miles was only 52 minutes. We backtracked north on Camp Crook Rd to US12 and headed east to Bowman where we got a room at the Budget Motel and crashed dreaming of the points we’d attempt the next day. All in all it was a great day. 410 miles by car, 11 hours, 5 successful confluence points.
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