24-Oct-2001 -- The third confluence of this geoexploring trip, N37-W102, was on the road to the Colorado/Oklahoma/Kansas tri-point. The tri-point and confluence are only 2.3 miles apart, due west of Elkhart, Kansas on Road A. The confluence was ½ mile north of the road and about the same distance west of a house. Since someone was outside working near the house, a stop was made to ask for permission to enter the property. A road ran north from the main road towards the confluence and a well pump. The road stopped here, still 3/8 of a mile from the confluence. It was just a quick hike across a harvested corn field to the confluence. This was probably the best time to visit, as walking through a growing cornfield in the spring might not be allowed, and trying to get through the fully grown corn in the summer would be more, well, challenging. It was also cooler than it would be in the summer, in fact, the windchill was probably close to freezing. It had been near 80F the day before, but a cold front overnight brought much colder temps and NW winds of 15-20 mph, but no clouds and bright blue skies.
From here, the plan was to visit two more tri-points and the highest point in Oklahoma, although the drive to them required going almost directly over (within feet) of the N37-W103 confluence, which has been successfully visited. There is however, a marker at a location that at one time would have been a confluence. This stone marker, north of the Colorado/New Mexico/Oklahoma tri-point and ¼ mile northwest of the real confluence, is engraved "103 WL" on the south face, and "37 NL" on the east face. Perhaps a list should be started of "Bad (or Old) Confluences."