19-Aug-2001 -- 11:45 am: On Sunday August 19th, we started our journey to 39 North-97 West. Now you're going to think it took us all day to drive 30 miles. (Well it did)
As we started out from the house we made it to just the other side of town and realized we needed fuel in the truck. So we had to turn around and go back to the gas station. (Herington is a small town and only one gas station is open on Sunday).
12:45 pm: We fueled up and we were on our way once again.
We made it 2 1/2 blocks and were stopped by a train. Crossing in front of us from the north, (This was a 20 minute wait) we waited for it to pass and we thought
we were going to be on our way.
1:05 pm: But as we made it to the tracks (You got it: a train from the south was starting to cross our path, so we had to wait another 15 minutes.)
1:25 pm: All right we are on our way now!
Our drive was one to remember. We tried to stay off of all paved roads. Also doing this we saw some of the best country side views you could imagine. This is our first try at finding a Confluence. So we took in all the scenery along the way, stopping to see the ponds, creeks & wild life.
2:45 pm: We are watching the GPS we are getting close to the spot. (So I think)
We find 97°W stopping and walking out into the field to see how far off the road we will be when we find where they cross. But we're still about 10 miles from where we need to be.
3:10 pm: We came into Chapman Kansas and took this time to stop and get something to drink and look at our map to see what we needed to do next.
3:30 pm: We headed north, to our destination, finding the right place wasn't hard at all.
But walking into the field was a chore for me. (I had on Sandals)
We didn't have to ask anyone if we could go on to the property, there wasn't a home or person around for miles.
4:00 pm: We stomped out to the spot. We took time to look around and find the crossing of 39 North - 97 West, Well we did it!
Enjoy the pictures.
Kansas is a wonderful place to see, and enjoy.... But wear the appropriate shoes for the walk. I know I will from now on!
Paul & Sandy Meyer