Auburn Coast 2 Coast 2011

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16 May 2011 06:35 #20076 by jhcarlady
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Auburn drives through giant Redwood tree

Driving through the Giants trees
We drove north to Eurecka, CA. It rained during the night, and was cloudy starting out. We watched as dark clouds moved closer and the rain began. We got wet walking through the wet grass and standing out in the rain taking pictures. Around noon, we decided to put the side curtains on.
There are 3 Redwood trees that you can drive through in this area. The roots of these trees grow out instead of down like a tap. The trees here are incredible.
We ended the day in Eurecka, CA. Tonight, we had dinner with Tom Georgeson and his wife, Murleen. We are looking forward to spending time with them tomorrow .

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17 May 2011 15:53 #20082 by jhcarlady
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Murals in Eureka, CA

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Elk herd

Mike & Tom

It was a pleasure to ride around in a warm, modern car today. Tom showed us the beautiful Victorian homes and many other buildings designed by his father, many murals on buildings, a car collection, and several Elk herds. We also went to the Redwoods in Ladybird Johnson?s forest, Fern Valley, Prairie Creek, and to his cabin on the ocean . It was really nice getting to know Tom and Murlene.

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18 May 2011 05:29 #20088 by jhcarlady
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Today we traveled in a light rain through the mountains. Much of the time there was a river flowing alongside the road.

Here is an example of what they do to fix a rockslide.

This is a ?monitor?
While driving through the mountains today, we spied this canon-like gismo. We had to stop and find out what it was. These ?monitors? were used in the LaGrange mine. (the largest hydraulic gold mine). Water traveled 29 miles to the site of these ?monitors?and was used to wash away the mountain and mine gold. The mine moved 100,000,000 yards of gravel and produced $3,500,000 worth of gold. They literally washed 90% of the mountain downstream in the gold mining process between 1892 and 1918. It took an average of 21 men to operate the Monitors.
In 1932, they decided to build a road on the site of the mine. They used the monitors to move the remaining mountain. Power equipment at the time cost 30₵ per cubic yard, compared to a cost of 2 1/2₵ for the monitors. It took 5 years, working 24/7 to complete the section of highway resulting in thousands of dollars of savings.

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18 May 2011 07:18 #20089 by Josh Malks
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If I'm not mistaken those machines were shown washing away mountains in the 1985 Clint Eastwood movie "Pale Rider".

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19 May 2011 02:39 #20099 by Justin Kerns
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You're right Josh and even then they were decrying the procedure as "raping the land". Good thing Clint blew up the monitors with dynamite......

Joan & Mike great photos! I love checking in on this thread and dream of taking such a trip someday myself. Thanks for sharing the adventure with us!

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20 May 2011 05:52 #20106 by jhcarlady
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traveling from Redding to Reno

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Whittell Duesenberg in Harrah collection
The day began with sunshine, we debated about riding with the top down, but the forecast was for rain, so we left the top up. We did not have to go far and we were glad we had opted for the top up and even wished we had put the side curtains on. Snow and rain lingered through the morning, and it was cold as we drove through the mountains. We got to Susanville in time for lunch, and convinced ourselves it was enough warmer in the lower elevations that we did not need to put the side curtains on after all. After lunch, we continued to Reno, arriving around 2:30 PM. We checked in to Harrah?s and walked over to the Harrah Car Museum.
I was surprisingly impressed with the museum. I know that many of the choice cars have been sold, but the remaining collection was very impressive. I can only imagine how fantastic it was back in the day. The ACD cars are represented well at Harrah?s Museum.
While we were at the museum, we got a call from our son?s high school friend who is a geologist in the Reno area and made arrangements to meet him and his wife for dinner. After dinner, we wasted a little money at the casino. I think we are going to try to go to Salt Lake City tomorrow.
This is posted late because the hotel does not have free internet service.

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