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Old 10-12-2011, 04:35 PM   #481
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Went out West today-

A couple oddities first

North on HWY 89, noticed 3 very large groups of white birds circling kinda high up. At first just though a farmer must be plowing and the gulls were eating bugs...
as I got closer though, they were not going down to the ground, just going round and round


Waited a few seconds for a better look.
These were 3 big groups of pelicans- each group just going in a seemingly endless circle (perhaps none could/would/should lead). Too many metaphors to delve into here. Perhaps CSM



Went out Promontory road
Strange occurance number two-

Spider (?) webs, big ones, were flying across the road.

windscreen, helmet, and beak- covered in sticky strings
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:11 PM   #482
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Scooted through Tremonton, over the hill toward ATK (an eagle was getting chased by 2 big crows- couldnt get the camera quick enough) iPod shuffle tune was Cowgirl in the Sand, Neil Young...



Toward Golden Spike Monument, turned south on Promontory road for a while- iPod was Second Nature, Rush






Somewhere in here was a Social DIstortion version of Ring of Fire




Headed down toward the "end of the road", wet salt/clay out there
Alman Brothers- Dreams I'm never gonna see


Went just past the no tresspassing sign, just because


Old long abandoned farmhouse- the "road" down to it was long since overgrown. Interesting the trees have stayed green in this environment (maybe a good spring on the land)
Daddy was a Bankrobber- The Clash


LIfe on Mars- Bowie


Didn't see another car down or back on this 20 mile stretch
Turned toward Golden Spike on the way back- recent rain made the dirt excellent
Folsum Prison - Johnny Cash

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Old 10-13-2011, 08:23 PM   #483
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At the Golden spike visitors center, peeled off the helmet and spiderwebs...




Heard a whistle, and some steam release- cool


Seems they were moving, shuffling the trains


Listened to (for a few minutes anyway) the ranger lady giving the rest of the tour over a loudspeaker. Learned all the rails from the western side were fabricated in the east, shipped to California around south america...


Jupiter was cool as a cucumber





Cliff bar (Toffee Buzz) and a bottle of water- suit up, head south along the old track route....
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:40 PM   #484
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Cool Train Pics

Hey Signal -- the train pics are way cool. I think my kid has a little N-scale that looks just like that Jupiter Loco. Great!
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:19 PM   #485
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Very nice pics. I envy you guys on the left side of the continent.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:32 PM   #486
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Very nice pics. I envy you guys on the left side of the continent.
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I am fortunate to live where I do-
Love it.

That said, I would like some eastern vistas- Banjo kills me with his green pics every time

into the shed/sunset
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:36 PM   #487
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Even more great pics That place was one of the highlights of my last trip up there
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:05 PM   #488
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The northern longer route around the lake, salt and clay was used because of fresh water. Learned they only had a 30 mile radius before topping off the engines. I'm sure water for the horses/men was also critical, though likey in that order...


Also found out all the rails in the area were removed/collected for scrap during WWII. The 2 miles of rail at Golden Spike were "saved"


Tomorrow down to the Spiral Jetty
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:44 AM   #489
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Awesome pics and thanks for the story behind it - pics are good but the tidbits of info you didnt learn from the history books is great.

heres a couple of green pics.


somewhat green ...
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:07 AM   #490
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Thanks 'Hawk and other who've thrown in their hand.

LIke the green forest. We're going brown again fast- weather last week really put a fast end to much of the color changes in our local mountains
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:15 AM   #491
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Stephen Ambrose book, Nothing Like It In The World , is a great account of the building of the trans-continental railroad. I read it last year at the recommendation of an inmate here.

Try it, you'll like it.


From someone else:
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Nothing Like It in the World gives the account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage. It is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad -- the investors who risked their businesses and money; the enlightened politicians who understood its importance; the engineers and surveyors who risked, and sometimes lost, their lives; and the Irish and Chinese immigrants, the defeated Confederate soldiers, and the other laborers who did the backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks. The U.S. government pitted two companies -- the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroads -- against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. Locomotives, rails, and spikes were shipped from the East through Panama or around South America to the West or lugged across the country to the Plains. In Ambrose's hands, this enterprise, with its huge expenditure of brainpower, muscle, and sweat, comes vibrantly to life."



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Old 10-14-2011, 11:35 AM   #492
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Hi From 800rider

Just stumbled across this thread

Utah is my favorite place in the world where I've never been

Will read whole thread in next few days (Good job Signal)
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:48 AM   #493
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Still some color going up Emigration Canyon yesterday afternoon



and along to East Canyon reservoir and state park





I'm definitely a little rusty on the hairpins though, especially riding on the right (it's been 5 years since I rode in the Alps!) - more miles needed under my tires, I think. I was delayed heading out till the afternoon (did taxi duties taking my FIL down to a medical thing on 5300 S, then bummed around looking for my tankbag before deciding that I must've left it in the UK before emigrating ).

Really weird coming along 84 from Morgan to Ogden, felt like the rear tire was flat, but as soon as I hit 89 heading south, it cleared up - must've been the gusty wind or something.

Loving your pics, Signal - as I'm not working until the new year, I need to look into some sensible routes around here (going through SLC itself to pick up Emigration was a bit annoying at just before 3pm though )
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:20 PM   #494
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Fido- thanks for the book info, will indeed have to find that one.

800rider- I'd say a visit to Kiwiland would be high on my list. Beautiful KTM (my son went like this ). Very pleased you are following along.


Rallybug- One of my favorite loops from ogden to SLC is over east canyon- the mouth of Ogden canyon is notorious for hellish winds , particularly in the mornings. The trees around the mouth grow at a 45 degree list
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:50 PM   #495
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Left the Visitors center, headed south- "Pavement Ends" sign, follows the rail trail
iPod- "Any Colour You LIke" Pink Floyd




Made a left off the rail trail road, then a right toward the spiral jetty. No real plan, but had never been down this road so to speak.
Gimme Some Lovin- Jake and Elwood Blues


Pretty well groomed- only a few spots of deeper gravel that looked like recent "repairs"- otherwise was an easy 40+ mph to the last couple miles. Nice. No other vehicles of any kind the 36 miles round trip back to the visitors center...
Oddly- "Run to the Hills"- Iron Maiden




Made it to the Jetty-


So-
SOmetime in 1970 an artist got a government grant of $9K to build an art project on the southern end of Promontory point for reasons that escape me still. A contractor was hired to move the lava rocks from the hills to a spiral pattern. Has been underwater for most of its 40ish years, but appears off and on through drought years.


AN old pier structure used for mining I believe- near the Jetty and in part reportedly one of the reasons the locations was chosen for the art project- honestly was as interesting as the spiral




Headed for home, was getting late
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