the Degree Confluence Project

United States : Georgia

2.4 miles (3.9 km) E of Rockmart, Polk, GA, USA
Approx. altitude: 283 m (928 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreeMap topo aerial ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 34°S 95°E

Accuracy: 4 m (13 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: looking east #3: looking south #4: looking west #5: the railroad tracks I walked along #6: GPS

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  34°N 85°W (visit #6)  

#1: looking north

(visited by David Mower)

07-Aug-2004 -- I visited this confluence in the late afternoon. It was a two-visit day. I had been to 34N 86W in Gadsden, Alabama earlier. My wife Diane was with me in the car, but didn't visit the point.

We drove on US Highway 287 from Gadsden all the way to Rockmart, Georgia. I had a waypoint set in the GPS for 287's intersection with Brassfield Mountain Road, but there was construction so we had to take a slight detour.

The detour included waiting (facing northbound) for a train at a grade crossing. After it passed we continued east on Brassfield Mountain Road which had an overpass for the train (which we drove under heading southbound.) Apparently we were driving faster than the train because we soon had to wait for the same train (again heading northbound) at another grade crossing.

I shortly found a convenient place to park at our closest approach. It looked to be an easy walk through some bushes, across the railroad tracks and on to the confluence which was about 300 meters away. It looked to be easy, but it wasn't. I soon found myself totally "hung up" and unable to move. The bushes had thorns which attached themselves to my clothing and broke through my skin. Perhaps I should look for a less "bushy" approach, which I did after very carefully extricating myself from the thorns.

We drove back toward the west. I ended up parking very near that second grade crossing and walking along the railroad tracks. The total one-way distance had gone up from 300 meters to about 600, but no matter. I was soon at a 90-degree angle from the point, so I headed off into the woods.

It was quite dark inside, which was surprising because the small-diameter trees were fairly widely spaced and the GPS signal was adequate. I crossed a two-track dirt road about 10 meters before the confluence. Amazing!

The sun was sinking in the west so I was anxious to be back to the car and to Diane. I did see all zeroes on the GPS but was not able to capture the event in a photo.

It was a great day! Thanks for getting me out!

 All pictures
#1: looking north
#2: looking east
#3: looking south
#4: looking west
#5: the railroad tracks I walked along
#6: GPS
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