30-Jun-2013 -- This would be the fifth in a westward line of confluences along 40N. We were coming from 40N 109W and just west of the town of Myton, which happens to be the center of Utah’s crude oil boom, we turned south off US-40/191 onto the Sand Wash Road here.
After passing through some irrigated farmland, we entered the oil producing region and were soon surrounded by all sorts of pumps and other equipment set up on unattended sites. We turned right here and continued to pass access roads leading to pumps. From the air it looks like a deliberate matrix of sites with uniform spacing and a N-S/E-W alignment. We stayed left at the fork here.
It all seemed to be pretty much the same main road but there were few signs. There were dozens of work trucks heading north – it must have been the end of the day for all the workers out in the field.
We stopped 370 meters abeam the confluence and I prepared for a quick hike. I wanted to take panoramic pictures like I had on previous confluence visits with my conical lens and I had mounted it on a tripod that I was planning to carry when the camera/lens combination fell off and a very expensive lens instantly became a bunch shattered glass on the road as shown in Pictures 7 and 8.
I quickly located all zeroes and sent a Spot message announcing my successful visit for everybody that was monitoring our progress. I also began logging GPS positions. The view was pretty much the same in all directions – flat and grassy with distant mountains.
Post processing of the GPS data reveals that the Trimble location was 1.7 meters northeast of the actual confluence with a horizontal precision of 2.0 meters.
Total round trip time off US-40 at Myton was 1:50 and 52 km. Total round trip time for the hike portion was only 0:25 for 770 meters.
Onward to 40N 111W!