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United States : Texas

15.8 miles (25.4 km) W of Crowell, Foard, TX, USA
Approx. altitude: 492 m (1614 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 34°S 80°E

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: A view to the north from 34N/100W #3: A view to the south from 34N/100W #4: A view to the west from 34N/100W #5: Our GPS reading with 5m accuracy #6: Roger on the spot

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#1: A view to the east from 34N/100W

(visited by Kevin Didion and Roger Mueller)

09-Nov-2002 -- We set forth on a warm and windy Saturday morning to visit 34N/100W. Roger was familiar with some of the nearby areas from his cotton ginning days, and he was confident that his lifted Dodge 4x4 pickup would get us through any rough roads or trails.

Our maps indicated that this confluence was southwest of US Hwy 70 with potential access from a couple of dirt roads. Navigating with the onboard GPS linked to a PC we found our planned dirt access road from the pavement as expected, but unfortunately a locked gate blocked our path 2.3 miles from our goal. We inquired at the nearest ranch house (about 2 miles east) and explained our mission regarding the confluence project. Once they were convinced that we were not hunters, and that we were only interested in bagging a geographical trophy, then they gave us some helpful suggestions on approaching the site.

Fortunately the next set of dirt roads were not closed, but the final trail was partially overgrown with thorny bushes and cacti and eventually the tracks stopped completely. We had a final half mile hike with the handheld GPS to the exact confluence point. We took our pictures and quickly backtracked our route so that we would not be mistaken for game by any nearby hunters.

Our celebratory dinner at a West Texas diner was delicious: chicken fried steak with cream gravy, mashed potatoes, pinto beans, biscuits, and ice tea, served by the 2002 Texas State High School 2A Girls Champion Discus Thrower.


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#1: A view to the east from 34N/100W
#2: A view to the north from 34N/100W
#3: A view to the south from 34N/100W
#4: A view to the west from 34N/100W
#5: Our GPS reading with 5m accuracy
#6: Roger on the spot
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