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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Big Logs

I usually see quite a few log trucks each day on my route except for winter time. They usually have anywhere from 8 to 20 logs on the load depending on the size of the trees being harvested.
This guy has "one big tree" with only three sections on the load.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

For Bill and Janet Harsh, Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday. It's an opportunity to give thanks to the truckers who provide their livelihood. The couple, the one-time owners of the Pollard Flat USA restaurant and truck stop, have for the past 28 years provided Thanksgiving dinner - free of charge - to truckers. They sold the restaurant to their youngest son Daniel Harsh and his wife Rebekah several years ago. They have continued the tradition, and Bill and Janet Harsh still work at the truck stop part time. "This highway provides for us all year," Bill Harsh said. "This gives us a chance to say thanks. The stories that we hear from truckers wanting to be home with their families make us want to make them a part of ours." Last year, the family served 150 people. Bill Harsh said that was slow.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Some Fresh Snow

We had a bit of snow from this last storm Friday. Some pictures are following. The first is the Mott Road exit, then cal trans headquarters, a Mount Shasta exit, Forest Mountain peak near Fort Jones, and a small herd of deer in town in Yreka.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A little snowstorm

As I was passing through Mount Shasta City on I-5 this afternoon the rain turned to snow at a fairly low level. I am certain that Mount Shasta was receiving some new snow at higher elevations.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Lenticular Clouds

I saw some pretty interesting clouds Monday near Mount Shasta and a few more as the sun was setting near Callahan. Some would say they look like flying saucers.





Saturday, November 7, 2009

Little Shasta Church

I had a delivery out past Montague towards Harry Cash Road and always pass this little old church. It looks so special sitting there on a cloudy day.
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Shasta Lake man who helped build Antlers Bridge attends groundbreaking for its replacement

I travel across the Antlers Bridge twice a day, Monday through Friday. They are going to build a new one that will be done in 2014. Here is a bit of the news.

Myrl Moxley, 89, shakes hands with Eric Akana, project manager with the California Department of Transportation, and Joseph Porra, Caltrans construction representative, during the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the new I-5 bridge at Antlers Bay boat ramp. Moxley helped construct the existing bridge 69 years ago as a concrete batch plant worker.














"That bridge will last another 100 years," the Shasta Lake man said matter-of-factly.

It was clear Thursday that Moxley didn't like the idea of seeing something that he'd dumped sweat into as a young adult get torn down.

Moxley was on hand to watch as local leaders, highway officials and community members participated in a rainy groundbreaking ceremony at the Antlers boat ramp on Lake Shasta's Sacramento arm.

When it's finished in 2014, the new 1,942-foot-long, 104-foot-wide, five-lane span will support the 47,500 cars, trucks and big rigs that pass through that stretch of I-5 on its busiest travel days. The old bridge will be torn down.

Officials lauded the project Thursday as a boon for the community of Lakehead, which has been economically struggling in recent years because of low lake levels and high gas prices.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Town Deer

I had my usual deliveries in Yreka today plus some others close by. These 5 deer did not even get up to greet me but stayed in the yard next door minding their own business.
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sawyer's Bar

I had another of my monthly trips to beautiful Sawyer's Bar, California. I must say it is quite a drive (about an hour from Etna) and the roads were clear today, not much traffic. I am not looking forward to driving this road in the snow. They don't use those "guard rails" that are on some of the mountain roads near here. Some wild turkeys were in the road near Etna on my return trip.



Sunday, November 1, 2009

I-5 Accident Ahead

Friday morning there was an accident on I-5 northbound just before Grenada. Thankfully it was almost completely cleaned up and only one lane was still blocked when I passed by. Looks as if the second trailer in a set of doubles caught fire.
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