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Old 06-12-2009, 10:21 AM   #1621
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Hitting the dirt, (and snow?)

once we were into Plumas,



we saw the light:



and we got on our knees and prayed.



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Old 06-12-2009, 10:25 AM   #1622
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Seneca road

has a fairly high scenery : difficulty ratio. Definitely GS-able, though it has some pretty steep drops off the side







LDF was wicking it up... happy, I think to be on easy dirt for a change.

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Old 06-12-2009, 10:28 AM   #1623
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Sierra spring





easy riding,



The devil box was doing a fine job of keeping us on track.

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Old 06-12-2009, 10:32 AM   #1624
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A little confusion

where there were two roads, one a hundred feet or so higher than the other, running more or less parallel. There was a one-way sign on this one, but the GPS was trying to get us to take the other one in it's "shortest distance" algorithm. Turns out, the other was one way the other direction... it's too steep a hill to build a 2-lane road into the side.



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Old 06-12-2009, 10:34 AM   #1625
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Hydroelectric

eventually, we started to make sense of what was going on with all the roads and power lines.





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Old 06-12-2009, 10:35 AM   #1626
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It was hard

to get a nice shot without PG&E getting in on the show.

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Old 06-12-2009, 10:38 AM   #1627
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Now if there was a sign out there for Butt Lake and Hwy 69 I'd start walking from NYC tonight just to get a pic of it!
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:44 AM   #1628
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Hey

that looks familiar:



(from our roof in NYC) :



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Old 06-12-2009, 11:02 AM   #1629
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that looks familiar:


(from our roof in NYC) :


I remember seeing a show on Discovery Channel (wait, yep, it was "Dirty Jobs") where they were tearing down and rebuilding a water tower like that in NYC and being amazed that wooden water towers were still the hot setup in 2009!

I s'pose it makes sense that you need to have something on the roof to hold water to allow it to flow down to the building's residents as opposed to having to pump it to everyone, but I guess I thought it'd be something more high-tech than a "Petticoat Junction" - lookin' wooden contraption! ' Guess it's just a good example of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Now whenever I see an NYC skyline shot that's reasonably close-up I find myself looking for the water towers. They're everywhere!
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:51 AM   #1630
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NYC wooden water towers

They're definitely iconic. We had one of ours replaced last year. They have an interesting history. Here are a few links; this one with photos text & video, and this one from NPR, and a feature in the New York Times from '07.

City pressure gets water up to 6 floors, above that you have to pump it up to fill you tank, and then the building is gravity-fed. I love the fact that despite all the possible modern high-tech solutions (stainless, fiberglass, etc) that medieval barrel-stave technology still rules the day. The boards are solid cedar, tongue & groove, and the hoops are steel. There is no liner, and no fasteners. Materials are brought up the elevator or fire escape, no helicopters, cranes or street blockades necessary. They leak for a week or so after they're constructed, and then the wood swells and they seal up nicely. They need to be replaced every 25-30 years, cleaned annually, and a new one costs ~$18K installed.

BTW, I wouldn't consider cleaning or replacing the tanks to be a "dirty" job... scary dangerous, yes, but dirty... I hope not, we drink that water.
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:52 AM   #1631
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LDF noticed something new to worry about besides bears, mountain lions, scorpions, rattle snakes, tornadoes, flash floods, forest fires, killer beaver, wolves, and coyotes: "widow makers"

We also call pine cones the size of bowling balls 'widow makers'. You'll know them when you see them.

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What kind of foamy grips are on the yellow bike?
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:04 PM   #1632
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...What kind of foamy grips are on the yellow bike?
Grip Puppies. I use them to cover the heating elements which I place on top of the stock grip, and to make the grip thicker, which I like.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:06 PM   #1633
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We got a closer look as we passed by





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Old 06-12-2009, 12:10 PM   #1634
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Continuing down

we followed the north fork of the feather river,







Until we got to Highway 70.

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Old 06-12-2009, 12:19 PM   #1635
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We only took Rt. 70

for 6 or 7 miles, before we jumped back onto the dirt to take a "short" cut to Quincy up and over instead of around the mountains.



Rt. 70 follows the railroad and the East Branch of the North Fork of the Feather River (at what point do you just give the damn creek it's own name? )



It was quite pretty, except for all the traffic.

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