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Posted: 01/19/12 02:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

insp1505 wrote:

Great report, Thanks for sharing.

I am still interested in what the boxes and driveshaft along the tracks are, anyone know? It appears to me from the pictures that the train passing over the mechanism bolted to the track would turn the driveshaft. But why? To pump something through the lines? But what? Interesting, maybe I am looking at it backwards. It would be fun to find out.

I'm sure it's been answered by now, at least 10 times.

They call them Greasers, they put them out intermittently, especially at curves where the lube cuts down on wheel and rail wear.

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Posted: 01/19/12 03:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, those tracks look awesome, are they clear enough to run a rail speeder down or are there a number of wash outs along the right of way?

The boxes and drive shaft on the sides of the track are a flange greaser, they're driven by the wheels of the train as it rolls over applicating grease to the flanges of the steel wheels to help them navigate the curves in the track and reduce wear.

The old PTOB railroad has a number of those along the abandoned right of way (Tracks were washed out at salmon berry creek and the railroad never repaired them).

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Well, that's it! I am selling my TC. I mean, why use it when I can lean back in my recliner and see all those places and not spend a dime on fuel? But I have to know if that "battery" is really not an old rusted Roman candle used to light up the night?

Great report again, as always. I'll send you a part of the profits I get from the TC sale. Please do not hold your breath.


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Posted: 01/19/12 06:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another awesome trip report. I think you need a little lotion on your nose.

I like your grill method of dutch oven cooking. Keeps the charcoal ash contained if/when the wind blows and looks like it works as a small fireplace too.

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Posted: 01/19/12 06:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator


So whats with no fires on the ground in the desert? It's not like one would set the rocks & dirt on fire.

The heat from ground fires goes down into the ground and creates problems for the roots of nearby plants. It also helps keeps the fire smaller in size and less chance to spread. Lastly, it helps one pick up the ashes for you to carry out thus leaving no trace behind.

Whazoo, yes the post was way to long but I got stuck on the tracks and couldn't get derailed so had to read it to the end of the line.

I've seen pics before of the area before, but not in so much detail and with such a great story line. Thanks..

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The heat from ground fires goes down into the ground and creates problems for the roots of nearby plants.

I could almost buy that if the summer temps there weren't 115-120 degrees and a ground temp. greater than that.


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Really Dave. I guess you don't care how much anguish and suffering you cause by posting a glorious desert trip in the dead of winter, do you? Even though it's been a lean year snow-wise, there's still been enough to keep me from having the kind of fun you're rubbing my nose in.

Well, at least you tempered your offering with tons of ridiculous puns that made me smile in spite of the pain. Thanks for taking the time to share your adventure.

BTW - when's the full body transplant scheduled for? You better get 'er done soon. There's lots more of that hiking to do yet!


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Thanks for posting another great trip report Whazoo!

Don't think I've ever seen so many untrimmed shaggy palms. I like that natural look.

I'm little slow checking out your report because we just have the power back on. Winter storms raise havoc with our third world northwest power grid.
It's designed so when the weather is the worst and you need electricity the most it quits.

Your pictures make our having to live in the dark with no heat a little easier. (when the lights come back on)

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My turn to say WOW! So many fantastic people on one website, what a great place to hang out. You all have a gift, a way to make a guy feel special...even if he isn't. (However, Mrs. Whazoo is another story, and she is too good to be true.) Thank you all so much for your time.

Howdy Doody Camper Jeff, I sure hope you're doing well and keeping busy these days. I haven't been so lucky the last 6 months but things are good for the next month anyway. Yes, there were some bike tracks along the rails. However the loose gravel associated with the rail bed didn't look appealing to me to ride through. Plus, we didn't have them with us this trip or I might have tried. Plus, if the railroad police came upon us I wanted to be able to run. I don't know where and certainly not very fast. OK, I would have been busted whether on bike or foot. And after I finish up here, I'll take you up on your remedy. Take care Jeff...

Hey Heygrll, The night shots came out ok but honestly others take them better. I still have a ways to go. And no we didn't see the critters but boy did we hear them every night. I can't think of much better than sitting around the fire listening to the coyotes talk. I wish they would go all night. Thanks for your time.

Hi Charlie+Em, No kidding, a year would be good. I'm always going home wanting more. Thanks!

Aw DJ, Sorry to hear about your back. I thought you might be heading for Yuma by now and would be begging me to go back to Borrego with ya. Of course I would have made a serious effort. OK, I couldn't have turned you down. I hope you back gets worked on, we hope to meet you before to long in slickrock country. End of Feb. I'm hoping.

Hola Silver, to coin a phrase. If I made your winter, your day, or even your minute I'd be happy. I'll wish a mild winter for you knowing I can't make it so. Thanks for everything!!!

Good evening Mrs. Silverdunes, I've said it before and please don't mind if I say it again, I'm always pleased and honored to hear from you, Silver's, I won't say better half, equal half. Because of all people I consider you both an equal match to each other. Whereas Mrs. Whazoo is definitely my better half. You responses are always both encouraging and creative on their own. I'll wish you the best from the desert southwest!

GMCPU53, hey Joe! Thanks for responding and yes, those huge Ricksons are great once you get them rolling. Fuel mileage is good and I hope for some extended wear out of them. A little stiff? Oh yeah, they're G rated tires!! And believe it or not they are on both sides. The truck lean keeps them from showing up and while I could have fixed that, I didn't take the time you observant guy you. See you Joe...

Ah Skip, I have without any little doubt met my match. And yes, it has been 3 years since I was last in Baltimore...where is that again? Skip, I love your replies and feel to be in good company when I hear from you Sir. Have a good night in MD.

Windwalker, Hi Larry, it's good to hear from you. Doing any backpacking lately? Of course it's winter for you but you might be heading west again sometime. Thanks a lot Larry, there's a lot my mind has never know too.

Thanks Mr. Clattertruck, You are so right, Mrs. Whazoo is a very large part in the creation of our trip reports. I can't believe what a funny girl she is sometimes. Thanks for noticing.

Whazoo, wait, that's me. I can't reply to my replies. What a knucklehead, moving on...

Hello Grant, 1º? Yeowza! No thank you very much. 50º is too cold for this desert rat. Charge for photo lessons? Well if I knew what I was doing we'd do it together for free. But something about the blind leading the blind comes to mind. I'd like to get Clattertruck and bka (Bryan) together for lessons. Then we'd learn something for sure. Keep the heat on Grant, or sleep with them doggies. Catch you later.

Hoho Mr. Mad Norsky, I want you to know I've noticed your absence from this part of the forum for awhile. At least in my limited exposure to posts. Thanks for the info on the oilers. I would have never figured it out on my own. Can we say that insp1505 was on the right track? I'm tickled to hear form you again. I wonder about old friends sometimes, where did they/we go. Have a good weekend.

Hey there FishPoet, And I feel the same of your trips. We like the same areas and do some of the same things. I guess that's why we're both here. Thank you for the trip report on the trestle, you gave me new insight to a place I though I knew. And what a great video link. Anyone viewing these replies should watch it. Thanks again!!

Hello Cal, Not always, but thank you and hope you're doing well.

Hi River&Sand, Another very helpful reply. We should all get together and publish trip reports with links and descriptions. And yes, there is a lot of work to be done to get that part of the railroad in good condition I hope they do it, that way next time I can ride instead of walk. Thanks a bunch...

smh1040us, Hey Mark, where you been? Black Dog Lodge ice fishing?? And it's I who is the lucky one here, to know people like you. I'm still lusting after your big ol remote. Hope to see you again some time Mark. Best regards.

mockturtle, And from me it's also always a pleasure. Looking at your sig picture that is sure one good looking motorhome. Bet you have fun in it. Thank you mockturtle.

Good evening Annio, Boy, I'm excited for you. I'll hope you have a great time in that gorgeous camper. Send pictures oh yeah. Thank you and good night.

sstan, Oh boy Steve, that was your recipe for the saucy chicken. Wait, I get it. It was all in print except the part that said "add 1 pound high octane ranch style beans." That was hand written, I should have know what you were up to. That's ok, I don't get mad,I get even..Steven.

Boy, I have to take a break, that ol Carpal Tunnel is coming up again. One last reply in the morning for me. Goodnight folks.


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My my.... You've once again outdone yourself. I do height but not so much depths but you've done it all in your magnificent report. You indeed:

"Ride boldly ride in your search for Eldorado." The "Gaily bedight" part..... I'm not so sure. [emoticon]

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