Tolay Again

Despite increasingly shrill warnings from Pacific Gas & Electric—they who already admitted liability for previous conflagrations and dozens of deaths, and who entered bankruptcy in order to protect their asses, I mean assets—about the likelihood of an impending shutdown of the electric grid across northern California to prevent more wildfires sparked by their power lines, I nevertheless took myself down to Tolay Regional Park on Tuesday after lunch. I planned to spend the afternoon pedaling on the East Ridge and West Ridge trails.

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8 response to "Tolay Again"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: October 11, 2019

    Very cool pictures with your iPhone, Bill!
    I can’t imagine what it is like without power, no heat, no fridge, no stove, no light,… . I guess you are in some way prepared. How long was the shutdown?

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: October 11, 2019

      For us it was like camping at home for 48 hours. Fortunately, the weather was mild day and night, we’re well-stocked with camping gear, and we could have dug into the big stash of freeze-dried camping food in the “earthquake box” if necessary. Instead, we consumed everything from refrigerator and freezer before it spoiled. I only regret that we didn’t have a freezer full of ice cream, which I could have devoured like a wild man. 😉

  2. By: NancyG Posted: October 11, 2019

    We had a semi plan to maybe camp Plymouth at the 49er recreation Center, but they were totally shut down with power. Nothing available to entertain our five year old — such as swimming in the pool or having lunch at that grill. We chose to not stay.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: October 11, 2019

      Very widespread shutdowns due to “red flag” fire danger warning. The red flag warning was symbolic, so I couldn’t get a photo of it for the monthly Challenge.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: October 11, 2019

    Nice ride albeit a little shorter than planned.
    Good to hear you survived the outage ok.

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: October 14, 2019

    Nice pics, Bill. You could so easily have been in Oz in that landscape… except for the San Francisco skyline pic. Interesting tactics with the power shut downs. Surely there is some other solution as the cost of foregone $$ for all those businesses, and cost of future class action payouts would be less than putting the lines underground in the most high-risk locations? I don’t really know any of the background of it all, but it seems extreme?

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: October 20, 2019

    Turning off the power to prevent fires…that’s a novel idea. The birth rate usually goes up in blackouts for some reason.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: October 20, 2019

      Good heavens, man! Now I am truly worried!! Please check back with me in nine months!!!

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