21-Apr-2023 -- I've always wanted to watch a sunrise from a confluence, and today I did. I camped exactly on the 100°W meridian in Buckner Valley Park outside of Jetmore, Kansas the night before, and I awoke to a brightening sky around 6am CDT. After packing up my tent I drove the 6.3 miles to a spot just 100 feet NE of the point, parking at 6:50am, zeroing out a minute later, and enjoying a 6:55am confluence sunrise.
The confluence lies in fallow pastureland, and while I heard cows mooing in the distance I did not see any here. The only other sign of life was a robust little school bus that followed me down the dusty road most of the way from my campsite. It was 33°F and calm – a most beautiful morning.
I ducked back under the unmarked barbed wire held fast with a stake and a vertical chunk of fencepost limestone (gotta love Western Kansas!) and was back to my rental car by 7:00am, ready to head to Mullinville for breakfast (my first ever chicken-fried steak), Greensburg for the Big Well Museum (with much information about the 2007 EF-5 tornado that leveled the town), and then on to the Kansas-Oklahoma border to nab 37N 99W and 37N 98W.