01-Jan-2005 -- Continued from 43N75W.
This is the last of the four confluences that are roughly equidistant from my mother's home in Oxford, New York (located at approximately 42.4N, 75.6W), the others being 42N75W, 42N76W and 43N75W. It was our second confluence visit of the day, having come directly from 43N75W. The day had started out with promising weather, mostly sunny and not too cold, but by the time we reached 43N75W, it was totally overcast with some occasional drizzle. As we drove west towards 43N76W, the weather worsened, with some heavier rain mixed with snow and sleet. Fortunately, by the time we reached the town of Manlius, the precipitation had stopped and would hold off for the remainder of our trip.
To approach the confluence, starting from the intersection of NY Routes 92 and 173 in Manlius, take 173 west for a little more than half a mile. Just past a bridge that crosses a small stream, turn right onto Troop K Road. After about 0.4 mile, pass Post Rd. on the left. The next turnoff on the left is a paved road that enters a large open area. This road goes into a housing development but the best place to park is off the road on the left, near a rocky area. On the other side of Troop K Rd. is the Cavalry Club golf course. At this point, the confluence is about 150 meters away.
We then followed the GPS guidance, entering the woods and going slightly uphill. We saw a very large old tire at the edge of the woods. Almost exactly at the confluence, there is a large fallen tree that appears in each of the previous visits to this point. Getting all zeroes on the GPS was tricky: first I got within one meter on one side of the tree, then the reading drifted and I had to go over to the other side. After almost 20 minutes of walking in circles and never getting closer than two meters, I finally went back to the original spot and managed to get the coveted "all zeroes" shot. After we got back to the car, I took a couple more pictures of the Cavalry Club golf course. Finally, we headed home, and finished the day having driven about 210 miles.