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post #1 of 10 Old 09-28-2016, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Crossing swamps

I'm posting this here because, I didn't film this from my KLR, but thought it would be of interest anyway.
It shows how our power company get's around in the back country.

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-28-2016, 04:46 PM
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Zekiah Swamp is right behind my property. We mostly 4wheel it but bikes aren't out of the question. Having a recovery system is imperative. I have winches on the 4wheelers and an considering one for the bike. Ratchet straps and rope work fine as well.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-28-2016, 08:05 PM
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Thanks for the ride.
I'm looking forward to Part #2.
Unless there is No Part #2, because you slipped off the side of the 'corduroy road' and are stuck in the swamp. lol.
In which case you are now wishing for "Hvymax'es" Winch!

Some of those timbers almost look like 'hand-hewn' railroad ties, flat on 2 sides only! My Grandfather worked as a "Tie-Hack" for a few years back in the early 1900's, around Dubois, WY. My father skidded logs with horse teams after they switched to sawmills.

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post #4 of 10 Old 09-28-2016, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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larry31,
Thanks for the ride.
I'm looking forward to Part #2.
Unless there is No Part #2, because you slipped off the side of the 'corduroy road' and are stuck in the swamp. lol.
In which case you are now wishing for "Hvymax'es" Winch!

Some of those timbers almost look like 'hand-hewn' railroad ties, flat on 2 sides only! My Grandfather worked as a "Tie-Hack" for a few years back in the early 1900's, around Dubois, WY. My father skidded logs with horse teams after they switched to sawmills.
The timbers looked like all 4 sides were flat. The road bed had a lot of gaps, twisted by equipment, and quite wavy in areas.

I did make it back OK. When you do something like that alone, you have to be extra careful.

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Just caught a glimpse of 'Drought Map' on The Weather Channel this AM. According to them, much of New England states are in moderate to even sever drought. Looks pretty green to me.

Maybe that is why power company is able to get back in there.
I can't imagine how soupy that swamp would be in a Wet Year? Or how they ever put the power poles up in the first place.

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Just caught a glimpse of 'Drought Map' on The Weather Channel this AM. According to them, much of New England states are in moderate to even sever drought. Looks pretty green to me.

Maybe that is why power company is able to get back in there.
I can't imagine how soupy that swamp would be in a Wet Year? Or how they ever put the power poles up in the first place.
These roads leading into the power line have places that are normally pretty wet. A lot of mud holes to get through. I'm sure the dry conditions are a factor in this work.
These roads were used often by autos, and such, back in the 1940's. Over the years they just got worse, and worse. 4 Wheelers did their part in ripping them up, as well as storm damage, that never got repaired.
I can just about remember going blueberry picking with my parents when I was about 4 or 5 years old. I can't get back in there with my NX now.

BTW: I've noticed several more areas that have these timber roads put down. As a side note, I've also noticed a lot of new pavement this year. Maybe the low cost of oil?

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I'm posting this here because, I didn't film this from my KLR, but thought it would be of interest anyway.
It shows how our power company get's around in the back country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMzwG0_J0Xg
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Larry,
You could 'film' from a Harley and I'd still watch your videos, as long as you posted them one or the other of the klr forums.
Do you suppose the steel poles will last a long as wood in the swamp water?

Thanks for the ride.
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You could 'film' from a Harley and I'd still watch your videos, as long as you posted them one or the other of the klr forums.
Do you suppose the steel poles will last a long as wood in the swamp water?

Thanks for the ride.

Thank you for the kind words.
I really don't know if they last longer. I'm basing my comments on the old pole laying next to the log road in Part 2 video. It looked like it just came down, and was chopped up. I didn't even notice what the poles were made of when I was on the other side of the swamp.

I've lived around here all my life, and this is the first time I've seen the power Co. put down these log roadbeds.
Maybe I just haven't been looking hard enough.

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If I lived there, I'd be hoping they don't pick them Back-Up!

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