Wow, what a ride that was last night. Rock Knocker’s mother’s viewing was yesterday at 3 pm in Newman (north of Santa Nella). On the way home, we had to pick up a few items at the grocery store, and get some gas. We left Rio Rd. at 7:00 pm, and drove like hell to get through Rain Rocks before it closed for the night at 8:00 pm. We arrived at 7:55 pm, and the barricade went up behind us. We were the last south bound car through, then they let the north bound cars through and put the road to bed for the night.
When we went through in the morning, no one was working but the two flaggers. There was one truck, who seemed to be doing nothing, but talking with the flaggers. It was hard to see why the flaggers were there, when the lights could have been used, since there was no equipment or men working the road, slide, or any construction project.
What was harder to understand was why the road had to be closed at night. There were no spotters during the day, to make sure the hill wasn’t sliding, and possibly be authorized to close it down if something happened. There didn’t appear to be any difference between what we experienced during day light hours and evening hours, other than barricades were put into place, and flaggers went home. I’m just not sure why the lights couldn’t have been activated for the night time hours.
Oh, and if you were any where near the coast, you had to have seen the incredible waves. I have photos I will post tomorrow. Right now, I am helping Ralph and his sister notify people regarding his mother’s death.