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Velocette Rally 2011. The Dalles, Oregon

July 12, 2011
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I have hundreds of photos, here are a few miscellaneous ones.  More to follow soon.

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Paul d’O and Ian B. joined Kim and I to go off the route today.  Our detour took us up into the hills above the Columbia river where we saw an old abandoned house, and loads of gigantic new windmills.  After Kim’s cousin gave us a tour of the field and maintenance workshop, we continued on.  While the new windmills are not 100 years old, their engineering is interesting enough for me to add them to OcchioLungo. 

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Old windmill, and new ones in the background

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From the top of the ridge, about 100-200 of these windmills could be seen in the distance, on both sides of the Columbia River.  Each one is about $2million to build, makes about 2MW of power, and is expected to last 20 years in the field.  They spin up to around 16 rpm, with 150mph max speed at the tips of the props.  The biggest ones have blades that are 100m in diameter.  That is about the length of an American football field…

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View from the Vista House.  We’ll go back here on Wednesday:

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This fellow volunteers at the Vista House.  Nice straw boater hat, plus-four pants and “laceups” boots.  His camera was a period copy of a Brownie, but I don’t recall the maker.  same with the boots.

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Dinner at the Baldwin Saloon.  since 1876

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c1925 photo from the Maryhill Museum

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Today, outside our hotel next to the old Celilo Falls.  The local native peoples still fish using the same locations and the same tools.  In the background is the fish ladder for The Dalles Dam

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Somer permalink
    July 13, 2011 3:02 am

    Vista House was recently restored.Nice PIX. More!

    • July 13, 2011 6:40 am

      I’ll be there again in two hours, hoping for clear weather for pics.

  2. Somer permalink
    July 13, 2011 8:17 am

    Check out Pinnacle Rock on the other side.

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