15-Jun-1999 -- The four of us met in Boulder
for a business meeting which coincidentally put us within just a few
miles of the confluence at 40N 105W. Having conquered 33N 111W
in Arizona just a week before, Dale and Russ convinced first-time
explorers Scott and Ron to hop in the rental car and go hunt
for the confluence.
As it turned out, it wasn't much of a hunt at all. In fact,
40N 105W must be the absolute easiest confluence in the world
to both find and get to. The reason is that one of the major
streets in the Boulder area, Baseline Road (an apt name) runs
for miles and miles due east and west, right on top of the
40th parallel! So all we had to do was get in the car, drive
until the GPS showed we were at 105W longitude, and that was
that. It's surprising that three guys from Phoenix and one
from San Diego bagged the first confluence in Colorado!
Photo #1: Here's Baseline Road, which lies right on the 40th
parallel, looking towards the west from a spot just east of
the confluence. The road leading off to the right is County
Road 7, which runs north and south just a few feet east of the
Photo #2: A shot of County Road 7, looking north from the
general area of the confluence. Weld County seems to be
mighty particular about who they let use the bathroom.
Photo #3: The standard GPS photo.
Photo #4: An old wooden barn along County Road 7, just north
of the confluence.
Photo #5: Some fabulous summertime clouds, shot from the
window of the airliner on the flight from Phoenix to Boulder.