27-Jun-2002 -- Having attempted one confluence [29°N 81°W, unsuccesfully] on the first day I purchased a GPS reciever, I took the next day off to reflect, and decided to go for 28N 82W the next day.
Living in east Orlando, Florida, my GPS read 68 miles to the confluence from my apartment. Since it was rush hour, I decided to take the back roads as opposed to the interstate, and enjoy the scenery.
When I first attempted a confluence, I decided that I would avoid toll roads when possible, keeping the sport free and adding to a sense of adventure trying to find an alternate route. Unfortunately, I had no choice but to shell out 3 dollars to get from my apartment to Kissimmee, Florida, taking 417 to Hwy. 17-92. The route I took from there had some of the largest rolling hills I've seen in my 12 years of living in Florida. I passed through towns such as Intercession City and Davenport, both infamous in national headlines for crimes which are best left unmentioned here.
The confluence is listed as 4.1 SW of Lakeland, and I found myself making a loop around the west side of the town before coming within a mile of the confluence. The spot is located near Lakeland Regional Airport, a small, private airfield which did not have much traffic at the time I was there because of the weather seen in some of the photos I took.
The confluence itself is located adjacent to a major toll highway, but is easily reachable by using the roads that run parallel to it, and parking on the grass to the side. As documented in previous attempts, the confluence is located in the middle of a retention pond. The pond is guarded by with high, black chain-link fencing. There are not any "No Tresspassing" signs in the vicinity, and in fact, there is a trailer [which can be seen in the photos] parked inside of the fence. A gate which looks like it might usually be locked was wide open, and I took the opportunity to get within 10 meters of the confluence. Although there was no confluence mandible that I could spot, there was a confluence rainbow, as seen in picture #1.