CENTRAL RALLY "The Sound of Awesomeness" 6 AUG 9-17 13'

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  1. Rapid_Roy

    Rapid_Roy finally understands

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  2. bg

    bg Rainbow puppies Super Moderator

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    Just now seeing this. Either way, Driffy doesn't listen for shit. :nah
  3. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Some of you have visited the Burnt Rollways Boat Hoist which is on some of my rally tracks for GPS. Here is a little more information about it.
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    This boat hoist moves boats between the Eagle River Chain of Lakes and the Three Lakes Chain. There is a difference in elevation of about 8' between the two. Moving boats has been going on here for more than 100 years.

    This particular system uses an electric gantry that runs on a 165 foot long trestle way (rails). It is the only device of its type moving boats in Wisconsin and maybe even in the US (although there are railed ramps in some other places).

    It costs $5 for a lift. The operators sit in a nearby house with a big picture window watching for boats. They can fish or read or whatever as long as they promptly respond to boat traffic.

    The Eagle River - Three Lakes chain includes a series of 29 lakes which is the largest freshwater chain in the world. Theoretically you could go from here to the Gulf of Mexico by water.

    Back in the 1800s the lakes were used to move logs. Loggers cut and stacked logs onto a rollway. When high water came in the spring, they dumped the logs and floated them downstream. One year the loggers didn't get paid by the guy who hired them to cut and stack the logs. Since they got stiffed, they burned the logs so no one else could make money on them. Hence the term "Burnt Rollway". The actual rubble of the rollway is about a mile upstream.

    The first dam was built in the 1800s to raise water levels for logging. In 1911, they installed a boat railway to get over the dam. They used a water wheel to power the inclined lift. Years later they swapped out the water wheel for an electric motor.

    Sometime around 1911.
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    In 1947 they needed a bigger lift so they ginned up the design for the current one. It is like a gantry crane used in shipyards. They got surplus 2 1/2T truck winches from Army trucks to do the lifting. Normally a lock is used with the dam to raise and lower boats but it would have been too expensive.

    The system has been improved over the years but continues to do what it needs to.
  4. InTheMuck

    InTheMuck So it goes...

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    Cool! I've never heard of such a thing. Thanks Cannon...now I will have to go take a look for myself :D
  5. Northwoods Yeti

    Northwoods Yeti Almost house broken

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    Northwoods Yeti Almost house broken

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  7. vwboomer

    vwboomer Buffoon

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    Good stuff Brad! :thumb
  8. OU812

    OU812 Legend in my own Mind!

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    What is this really?:lol3
  9. reveille

    reveille Now 70% Better!

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    I didn't take many pictures during the rally but here they are. About time right?

    Saturday morning (Really glad Slowfreak shared the camp site>Thanks Greg)
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    I forget what actually went down here:lol3
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    Headed out to Mad Island a bit ahead of the group it turns out.
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    Burn down
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    Beach camp fire
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    Ferry back
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    Petonga trail water crossing. It does end a couple hundred feet further...
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    Lunch stop along the Petonga track
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    That's all I took. I need to take more next year.
  10. Laconic

    Laconic Anodyne

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  11. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    For those that scouted with me one day, this crossing now has a bridge. Two 40' steel beams and 120 railroad ties. Sooooooooo, I'll be able to use it on one of the new tracks for next year.

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  12. papalobster

    papalobster With Gusto!

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    I thought that water crossing worked just fine as-is:lol3
  13. Romatsu

    Romatsu Adventurer

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    No kidding. I was looking forward to this next year after Cannon's teaser scouting pics.
  14. Oddball

    Oddball Starting over

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    New tracks rock. Thanks for all the time and energy Cannonshot!
  15. OU812

    OU812 Legend in my own Mind!

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    Seems reasonable to me.:gdog
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  16. Collarbone

    Collarbone Been here awhile

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    So what your saying is they screwed it up and put in a bridge? :D I thought it was great the way it was.
  17. reveille

    reveille Now 70% Better!

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    Maybe you can go around the bridge and still get wet?:evil
  18. OU812

    OU812 Legend in my own Mind!

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    There ya go.
    A detour. :wink:
  19. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Well, we'll have to see what that bridge actually looks like (volunteer labor and used materials, etc). Might be that the bridge is more challenging than the original path. :evil
  20. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Meeting in Boulder Junction today. They are starting a dual sport club and doing some things to encourage dual sporting in the area. Good news for the rally. Many of you will remember Boulder Junction as the quaint silent sports town that is the first gas stop on the Northern Highland route. This begins an initiative to get single track in the state forest near there.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=22467761&postcount=504

    I also discovered that I have been missing the boat for lunch or dinner there. The Aqualand Ale House has 20 craft beers on tap.

    http://aqualandalehouse.com/