southern humboldt rides

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by brewmike, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    She did!
  2. Scotty707

    Scotty707 Been here awhile

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    So while looking at the County Code for an unrelated purpose today, I found this section: 434-4: It is unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle, including trail bikes and motorcycles, on the Mad River Bridge on Jack Shaw Road (County Road No. 4C216) at any time. Traffic on said bridge is limited to not more than five (5) pedestrians at any one time.

    Looking at the Google satellite view (https://goo.gl/maps/8XqusuYr4yRgZ5JV8), there does not appear to be a bridge at this location anymore, though old topo maps do show the bridge. Do any of you guys know the story behind the bridge there?
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  3. Kenny M.

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    If I remember correctly locals called it "swinging bridge" It was a nice swimming hole and fishing spot. I don't remember it having a road deck by then so driving or walking across was not an issue. I think it was removed in the mid to late 90's. Not accessible any longer. Private road begins where Google street view ends.
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    Yes. It was a county bridge across Mad River... the road connected up to the Maple Creek area on
    the east side of the river.
    It was closed down when I was a kid.

    Back in 'high school days' it was also a popular spot for accessing
    Mad River (skinny dipping and drinking beer).
    Haven't visited that spot for about 40-50 years or so.
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    Scotty707 Been here awhile

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    That's interesting as the County went through the trouble of passing the ordinance in 1983.
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    Bridge was still 'standing' last time I was there.
    Trying to find a photo of it. Might have one on old film 'photos'... likely buried away.
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    Only the towers on each side of the river remain. Deck and cables are gone.

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    And it's a bit of a sketchy ride down to that on an Airhead with street tires.
  8. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Hippie Ki Yay! Humboldt changed my life.

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    Far too much very serious shit happening in my life at once. This Saturday Sierra and I are taking a nice roadbike ride from Garberville, down Rt. 1 to Mendocino, and maybe another way back. Any good routes are welcome, as are any inmates that also need an excuse to go riding.
  9. MeefZah

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    Kind of a side note Jack Shaw was a friend of my dads. I remember sitting on the Shaw’s front porch listening to the old stories. An amazing man.
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    madeouttaglass Hippie Ki Yay! Humboldt changed my life.

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    Two years of bullshit that has an agreement that has me lose much more than half to a lazy ogre that has never worked. And still her lawyer is playing games which cost me money.
    Much worse than that, Pete is in hospice.
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    I would like to have been on that porch listening also. I love the old stories. Mostly the history. When I first moved to Humboldt in 74 I took a CR history class wit Andrew Genzoli. The man was an encyclopedia.
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  13. MeefZah

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    Oh shit! Is he in Arizona or NY or...?
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    madeouttaglass Hippie Ki Yay! Humboldt changed my life.

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    NY. He came to Arizona in March for three weeks and we had a blast. He trailered his 1290 and we had some great rides. The last one had us abandoning the bikes in the desert at dusk, aerial search and rescue, a walk down a dry wash under the half moon, two sheriffs in an atv driving us out the last two miles, LaDonna coming to our rescue,...
    It was the most epic ride of our lifetimes riding together and I will be forever grateful to have had it. I will miss him and his unique sense of humor.

    I made this for him before he went back to NY.
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    Not even sure what to say, Tom. You and Pete are both great guys. I'll keep you both in my thoughts.
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    Did a Korbel/Maple Creek/Kneeland/Freshwater loop yesterday with a opener of Murray Road/Fieldbrook because I had an errand in Macktown. Curious how a 15 mile cage errand turns into a 75 mile moto errand.

    Anyway, this was at the end of the dirt southbound on Maple Creek. There's a descent on dirt and a turn before the bridge:

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    Note how the railing is all gone on the right. Lotta splinters in the creek.


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    It looks like the biggest ever Toyota chassis motorhome I've ever seen. Anyone know any details? I checked LoCo and couldn't find it in the last several days reports.
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    What was the high temperature over on that section ...?
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    It was scorching! Maybe a little over 75!

    I even had my summer gloves on.
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  19. MeefZah

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    We call those a trog(lodyte) trolley.

    And the concept of "one hand for the ship, one hand for the meth pipe" doesn't work well on dem mountain roads.
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    Quit harshing their #vanlife!

    Yeah, I don't know quite what to think either. Downhill and a turn on a gravel section of the road, but not that steep or tight.

    I didn't see anyone on the plaza with a sign out that said, 'Van rolled over. Please help.' so I don't know if we were spared these folk or not.