18-Mar-1998 -- I knew I was going to be in Atlanta, Georgia on business, so I asked
Alex in advance about confluences near there. He sent me a list of the
four closest points, and also directions to the location northeast of
Atlanta, which looked like it was in a housing development.
Also he posted a map on a hidden page on the Degree Confluence site. I
brought the directions with me on the trip but for some reason (probably
because our printer at home was not hooked up) I didn't bring the map
I set out from Atlanta around the peak of rush hour, and it took most of
an hour to get to the housing development, which was in or near Buford,
Georgia. I parked in a deserted parking lot near an outdoor exercise
facility (basketball or tennis courts or something of that nature).
There were signs all over the parking lot that you couldn't park there
if you didn't belong to the exercise club. I took the calculated risk
that no one would care and set off on foot, searching for the
Alex's directions said "turn left onto Timber Laurel Lane. Go 283
feet down Timber Laurel Lane to the street location nearest the
confluence. The confluence is due east 112 feet (probably in someone's backyard)."
Also, "Another way to determine the street location nearest the
confluence is to go further down Timber Laurel Lane to Foxcroft Rd, and then backtrack
353 feet." As soon as I turned onto Timber Laurel Lane, I started
counting paces, with the vague idea that two of my steps (one pace) was
a yard. If so, they were very long yards since I was almost to Foxcroft
Road when my calculations put me at 283 feet. I continued to Foxcroft,
took the number of paces I'd walked on Timber Laurel Lane and did some
math based on ratios to figure where along that stretch of road I'd be
due east of the confluence. It put me near someone's house.
Unfortunately, the sky was overcast. I was looking around, trying to
determine which way was east, when the inhabitants arrived home.
I plucked up my courage and asked the woman who got out of the car which
way was east. She didn't know. I sort of tried to explain why I was
there (she lived near the intersection of a whole latitude and longitude
line) but she said she didn't really understand that kind of thing. Then
I asked which way Atlanta was from here; she tried to give me driving
directions but eventually I got her to point to it. Since Atlanta was
roughly southwest of there, I knew east was towards her property. Then
I asked her if she minded me taking pictures and she said no and went
After I took some pictures and was about to walk to the car, I
remembered most people take pictures of themselves at the confluence,
went back, and took a picture of myself at arm's length. When I got back
to the car it was still there so all in all it was a good visit.