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United States : Connecticut

1.6 miles (2.6 km) NW of East Woodstock, Windham, CT, USA
Approx. altitude: 167 m (547 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 42°S 108°E

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#2: Welcome to North Woodstock, Conn. #3: This confluence is For Sale! #4: Kathy ascends the steep grade to the confluence point. #5: The GPS proof.

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  42°N 72°W (visit #1)  

#1: Within 1/100th of a minute of the confluence.

(visited by Scott Berk and Kathy Cannon)

12-Oct-1998 -- A Columbus Day weekend trip to Boston afforded the opportunity to visit two confluence points within 24 hours of each other (42N, 71W and 42N, 72W). On Monday morning, my wife, Kathy, and I visited 42N, 72W. I was still on a post-confluence high from my successful visit (to 42N, 71W) the day before.

Our maps showed that this point, like Sunday's, was very close to a road, and I was looking forward to another confluence cakewalk. Upon arrival at the appropriate crossroads in rural North Woodstock, Connecticut (photo 2), we quickly realized that it wouldn't be that easy. The point was located about 500 feet west of the road within a small wooded area sandwiched between two houses. I guess this was lucky -- 500 feet north or south and we would have ended up in someone's living room! As it turned out, this small, confluence-laden piece of property was for sale (photo 3). "Hey honey! If we like this confluence point, we can buy it!"

In between cars passing us by the side of the road, we scampered over a low rock wall and into the cover of the trees. We made our way through the trees and up a rather steep grade (photo 4) to come within one hundredth of a minute of the confluence point on the wrong side of a fence! (photo 1) I tried poking my arm through the fence in hopes of getting the GPS receiver to roll over to 72 degrees exactly, but it remained firmly at 71 degrees, 59.99 minutes. Sure, we were well within the 100-meter range, but there's something satisfying about being there on the nose. Lucky for me, my perspicacious partner noticed a gaping hole in the fence immediately behind me. I snuck through, keeping low in the tall grass, until the GPS unit finally indicated exact confluence (photo 5). Our mission completed, we bounded down the hill and drove back home to our decidedly non-confluent home in Maplewood, New Jersey.


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#1: Within 1/100th of a minute of the confluence.
#2: Welcome to North Woodstock, Conn.
#3: This confluence is For Sale!
#4: Kathy ascends the steep grade to the confluence point.
#5: The GPS proof.
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