Mud Creek cracks

From Mud Creek last week, Friday, I think. I drove it Thursday and it looked about the same, top photo from Cal Trans, bottom photos by bigsurkate. If one enlarges the top Photo, one can see the crack goes almost to the center line

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I received An email yesterday regarding the above:

On Aug 31, 2018, at 12:13 PM, John Woolfolk wrote:

Hi I’m a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. I’m writing up something short about the tiny cracks along the Highway 1 patch at Mud Creek, wanted to know if folks down there worry about things like that. Thanks much,

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I answered:

I have a blog post going up tomorrow with photos from yesterday showing the cracks. It is something we will watch, certainly. I will be checking it at least once a week to see if there are any significant changes, but then Madonna construction is still on site, so I am sure they will be checking as well. If there is any changes of note, I will be publishing on my blog. I would not say we “worry about things like that” as you ask, much more like we anticipate things like this. We have a saying regarding this road during each winter. The question is not IF it will close; the questions are: when will it close, where will it close, and for how long will it remain closed.

Tourist Tuesday, 8/28/18 – A bookstore in Portugal

It doesn’t take long before the woman at the hotel reception pulls out a city map of Porto. Look, she says, there’s the Old Town and the Douro, there’s the harbor and here, by the way, the pride evident in her voice, is the world’s most beautiful bookshop: Livraria Lello.

It sounds fantastic and the place looks even more amazing in the photos. It’s located in a two-story, neo-Gothic building with lots of dark wood, an abundance of old books, ornamentation and stained glass, and a curved staircase right in the middle. It was opened in 1906, a cathedral of books, a dream for voracious bookworms from all over the world. When traveling, we often look more for the beauty of the past than that of the present. We may even buy a book for vacation reading, to while away evenings on the Atlantic coast. It has been said that J.K. Rowling often visited the Livraria when she lived in Porto at the beginning of the 1990s, a time when she taught English and began dreaming up the Harry Potter series.

Porto is not a big city — with just over 200,000 inhabitants, the Old Town is easily manageable. The first thing you notice when approaching the Livraria Lello is the long line in front of it. Young Japanese travelers, Scandinavian backpackers, families from France, couples from China, Americans and Germans.

An imposing bouncer stands at the door of the bookshop. To get in, you must first purchase a five-euro ticket bearing the visage of Fernando Pessoa, Portugal’s most famous poet, in the shop next door. There, too, visitors must wait in line, with crowd-control barriers set up just like at the airport check-in desk. Those waiting in line are guided past shelves full of souvenirs, postcards and keychains. The standard tourist bric-à-brac. [Or you can get an “online voucher” by reserving a copy of a special edition book Here]

The bookstore is every bit is as beautiful as the one in the photos, even if it’s not much of a bookstore these days. No one browses through the merchandise here. They all seem to be taking pictures with their smartphones — photos that look exactly like the more than 7,000 images already posted on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, where Livraria is listed as one of the city’s top sightseeing attractions.

Just like the rest of the country, Livraria Lello stood on the verge of bankruptcy four years ago as a result of the financial crisis. But even then, the bookshop had no lack of visitors. The problem was that people were buying fewer and fewer books. Someone suggested the store ought to start charging an admission fee of five euros. It may have sounded crazy at the time, but 4,000 people now visit Livraria each day while during the summer, the number of daily visitors swells to 5,000. The store had 1.2 million visitors in 2017 and revenues of over 7 million euros. (Hmmm…interesting idea for some of Big Sur’s icons?)

To read the rest of this article, go here: http://www.spiegel.de/international/paradise-lost-tourists-are-destroying-the-places-they-love-a-1223502.html

Here are some photos of the bookstore in 2015 taken and shared by Sterling Doughty

 

Green Bridge on FHL closed for repairs, 8/27/18

This is the bridge: (Photo by Anneliese Agren)

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I contacted FHL regarding repairs, and was informed that they have no specific date (nor even time frame) for the repair of this bridge. There is no promise or guarantee it will be repaired in time for winter rains. In the mean time, civilians are allowed to use the low water crossing next to it. Of course, if the bridge is not repaired before the rains come, then later in the winter, the low water crossing may become impassable, as it has before.

Mary and I were remembering just the other day a high school field trip in 1995, when the Carmel River Bridge went out, this bridge went out, and Highway One at Soda Springs went out and we were stuck in San Simeon, until Cal Trans could “punch us through” at Soda Springs. I will be keeping my eye on this bridge repair and let you know what I learn.

Weston Call Memorial Fund

Hi Kate – soo very sorry for Big Sur’s huge loss. Here’s a link to the Fund for Big Sur Weston’s family set up: https://www.cfmco.org/2018/08/in-memory-of-weston-call/

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Overturned truck closes Highway 1 a mile north of Ragged Point for hours

I saw this truck on the side of the road south of San Simeon Pier on my way home, and stopped and spoke to the drivers. No one was injured and the truck was also undamanged. It was a lucky break. I finally got the video to upload, so here you go!
Okay, I figured out my dash cam, how to retrieve and download. I haven’t been able to upload from McDonalds, so will try when I get home.
2 pm – update
10 PM 25 [38] 1039 ENTAC
1:04 PM 24 [37] 9-S1 1039 DOT
1:04 PM 23 [36] 9-S1 CORR RDWY IS COMPLETELY CLOSED NB JSO MONTEREY CO LINE TO RAGGED POINT, RDWY IS IMPASSABLE ONLY BY FOOT UNTIL BIG RIG IS RECOVERED
12:56 PM 22 [35] 9-S1 1039 TO DOT
12:56 PM 21 [34] 9-S1 CMS SIGNS IN MORRO BAY AND STOCKDALE ADVING SR1 WILL BE CLOSED TIL ABOUT 1500HRS
12:54 PM 20 [33] CO-C66 RYAN W/ WEST COAST 97 W/ C66 INQ TO SEE WHERE HEAVY DUTY TOW IS VIA GPS – 1039 TO WEST COAST ON NACIMENTO FERGUSON RD NOW /1 HOUR ETA
UPDATE – SAW CHP HEADED NORTH CODE 3 AT 10:45, south of Piedra Blancas. With all the cars and RVS and trucks  headed north who won’t be able to turn around, this has got to be a nightmare by now – a real cluster. I feel a nice leisurely lunch coming on. BTW, I have a new dash. Cam. If I can figure it out, I should have video eventually.
more from CHP website:
10:48 AM 7 [13] A9-004 NEG ON ITS SIDE, LOADED 20,000 LBS W/ PRODUCE – REAR TIRES OFF THE RDWY
10:45 AM 6 [12] A9-004 1039 DOT
10:44 AM 5 [11] A9-004 HAVE DOT RESP FOR 1184 AT RAGGED POINT INN, CAMBRIA TOW CANT HANDLE START 1185 HEAVY DUTY
Incident:  00040   Type:    Trfc Collision-No Inj   Location:   19019 Sr1  Loc Desc:  SR1 1 MILE NORTH OF RAGGED POINT    Lat/Lon:  35.776361 -121.327689   
Detail Information
9:58 AM 4 [8] [Notification] [CHP]-ADDITIONAL RP ADVSD SEMI ON ITS SIDE / BLKG SB LANES
9:53 AM 3 [4] 18 WHEELER SEMI TK / TK IS JACKNIFED AND BOX TRLR IS OVER THE SIDE
9:52 AM 2 [3] NB AND SB LANES ENTIRELY BLOCKED
9:52 AM 1 [1] SEMI TK PARTIALLY OVER THE SIDE
Unit Information

I was probably one of the first (and last) to get thru. Nothing bigger than my truck could get thru. Here are the photos:

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Tourist Tuesday, 8/21/18 – a video by Tim Huntington (not BIG enough SUR)


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/285597026″>(not) Big (enough) Sur</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user5454167″>Tim Huntington</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

A short film about overtourism on the central coast of California.

August 2018