10-Oct-2004 -- In the middle of nowhere – where I had been for most of this trip – there are very few radio stations. XM satellite radio is an outstanding answer for this problem. But now, as on the rest of my trip, I was presented with another dilemma: which channel would I listen to? Fortunately, there are also radio controls on my steering wheel – if I got bored with what was currently playing, all I needed to do was to move my finger. Outstanding and highly recommended!
Eastbound on Interstate 80, I got off at Exit 65 and crossed under to the service road on the north side. Go past the first dirt road to the left and continue until the road turns left toward the north. The pavement ends becoming dirt and deteriorating into sections of pretty intense washboards. This was unlike the dirt roads I experienced on the rest of my trip where I could go much faster. After going through some small hills you will come down a very red colored hill. Turn right (east) and parallel the Sage Hen Creek. Just beyond Telephone Well, the road turns left and due north towards the confluence point. I stopped abeam the point at 40n.
I set up for a short hike to the east. The coax cables described by Jack Frickey were still there. It was very easy to zero out my receivers. Picture #1 looks north. Picture #2 looks east. Picture #3 looks south. Picture #4 looks west. Picture #5 shows my GPS position. Picture #6 is my attempt at a panorama of the area.
On my hike back, I passed by a pile of old trash: broken glass, an old muffler, rusted pull-top cans (when was the last time you saw one of those?). I also saw lots of lizards, and bunnies hopping between the bushes.
Driving in, a couple of trucks pulling ATV camper-trailers passed me. When I was driving out, I could see where they had dumped both their grey and black water tanks in the middle of the road - not cool. I also say a coyote in hot pursuit of some other animal before I left the hills – now that was cool.
From where I parked, my hike was .7 miles and 31 minutes. From the time I left Interstate 80 until the time I was back on it was 42 miles and 2:05. I reached Interstate 80 after sunset but before dark.
Four confluences in a single day! Six successful visits on this trip. All that remained was the long journey home.