Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunset from WALMART Parking lot last evening. Only 2/3 complete, the building is full of items for sale and of customers. At 6:00 am, construction workers descended on that part of the parking lot I used...driving me to DENNY's for an early bowl of rolled oats cereal.
Monday morning traffic was intense to and from I-5, only a few miles to the West...and not far from the Grapevine, the 4000 foot high mountain north of ...and leading I-5 into LOS ANGELES.
So, I drove the "freeway" to the tiny village of LOS PANOS, some 10 miles distant. There parked and walked twice...once 8 miles...then moved the vehicle again and walked for 16 miles on old SR 33 toward the large town of FIREBAUGH, California. From Firebaugh, walked another 10 miles BACK toward LOS PANOS....a total of 30 miles today.
Feel very good. No pains anywhere...not out of breath...and could do another 10 miles if necessary.
Guess the "ole body is starting to come around.
Lots of nice pics today...few words as the restaurant I am using to build this update says I must be out of my booth by 5:00 pm...only 5 minutes remaining ...
Planting a new nut orchard (grove).
Up close of the irrigation water pipes.
Alternate "ditch flooding irrigation" of open fields. That barrier can be put in place - or removed - quickly to move water source to desired part of the field...no computers here...just plain old brute strength...and lots of smarts.
Siphon Pipes LIFTING water out of the big ditch into individual rows of the field.
Same field...previous selected watered rows...now no longer vreceiving water.
Siphon hose works: lay hose flat into the water to fill the hose...hold the ends closed while putting one end of the water-filled pipe into the water of the FEED ditch...place the other end in the desired row ditch...and release BOTH ends of the siphon pipe...water flows through the siphon into the field ditch...
SR 33 which I walked today.
Entering the town of FIREBAUGH, California, where I MAY spend the night .
The wind blew stink all day. That round plant is a honest to goodness TUMBLE WEED being rolled through town by the strong wind.
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Tomorrow, south again on US 33.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Y I K E S ..... JUST DUMPED ALL OF TODAY'S PICTURES !!!
Oh, well...am in the city (36,000 POP.) of LOS BANOS, California...a distance of 21 miles from NEWMAN, where I started this morning.
Loosing the pics is not so severe, as there is not much to see along this part of SR 33.
Upon reaching I-5, the "locally" popular ANDERSON's Restaurant has since 1976, been offering PEA SOUP. Having stopped many times before, I revisited, downing two bowls of their delicious soup.
From Anderson's, drove the few remaining miles to LOS Banos, where I found WI-FI at STARBUCKS.
Neither MD or Burger King had any service for computers.
Tomorrow, will continue on SR 33 East and South, with the next town being DOS PALOS.
The next larger town is FIREBAUGH, some 28 miles distant.
Must say that I am a bit weary. Certainly do not have the stamina of two years ago when I last walked the San Joaquin Valley. The heart might have something to do with that. A few more days in the rising heat and feeling of entering a different world...most folks are now of Mexican descent with Spanish spoken on all sides. Not a negative thing as I have always enjoyed Spain and Mexico...and the cobwebs should shake out.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
The dinner last evening in Westley was something to behold:
COORS LIGHT BEER
5 GROSS Pork Ribs BBQ
4 slices New York Roast BBQ
1 Chicken Breast BBQ
In no way could 4 of me eat such an offering. I am afraid I insulted the chef. It was delicious, but 3/4 of it I had to leave.
Crop Dusters were busy most of the day flying from a small airfield in Westley.
Most of this farming area is in Nut Trees.
Came across this Cement Plant which seems to recycle old concrete into new cement creations
OLD Concrete being recycled.
Farm Home along SR 33.
Another look at the watering system. I was assured that many of San Joaquin Farmers are installing such computer controlled systems...automatic to the point that underground metering devices read soil moisture content and mineral consistency to select proper matrix mix to feed each and every tree in the orchard.
Scarcity of water is becoming a major problem !!!
Some orchards are cropped short and flat on top; others are let to grow naturally - as above.
Local small water holding pond.
Cleaning up the water ditch berm getting ready to begin :flood" watering.
Some lucky farmer is receiving a new tractor and Pump System.
A Water District Representative visiting JOHN DEERE confirmed to me that farm water wells are normally 250 to 450 feet deep, with some now reaching 700 feet deep to reach the water vein running into the valley from the SIERRA NEVADA (CASCADE) Mountains some 100 miles to the East.
Also confirmed was the fact that SALT WATER is being brought to the surface under some circumstances;...some places he knew the salt was leaching in from the Pacific Ocean...but other places where salt was in the mix he did not have an answer for.
A recently tilled field, ready for planting.
For the first time, began using Sun Cream and ZINC OXIDE to combat Sun Burn...
We have reached the southern climes.
The town of NEWMAN, where I plan to spend the night.
Covered only 16 miles today. Am a bit slow, but feel good. Am taking it slow and easy after all the hospital and Rest days off.
Interviewed by Dean Harris, Managing Editor of Mattos Newspapers, Inc. this afternoon.
Tomorrow, more Southing on SR 33.