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Michael Ballard

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Michael Ballard last won the day on April 11 2017

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About Michael Ballard

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  • Birthday 08/22/1978

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    San Diego, CA
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    Mostly US highways, focusing on California. I follow the geology as well as the history of the roadways. I have online tours of US 6, US 99, and the Ridge Route from Los Angeles to Famoso (US 6 from Los Angeles to the NV / UT state line) on my website - socalregion.com. I am also the President of the Ridge Route Preservation Organization - http://ridgeroute.org.
  1. Greetings all, There have been some changes recently regarding the Ridge Route Preservation Organization. Due to some unexpected circumstances, we have a new president. I, Michael Ballard, was elected to become the new president of the RRPO. I look forward to leading the group and will continue our struggle to preserve and protect the roadway. I plan to be meeting with many different groups in the near future to help further our cause and get more people involved. Harrison Scott, the former president of the group, will still be involved. We do thank him for all he has done and his continuing contributions to our collective effort are always welcomed and appreciated.
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    Antique fair find

    That is an incredible find. I'm curious... 1935. Where does it show US 66 ending in the west?
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    New Ridge Route website

    Thank you for the addition in the magazine! It was great to see.
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    Us 99 News?

    There is a new fire in Shasta County along US 99. It looks to have started near the Harlan D Miller Dog Creek Bridge in Delta. I am not sure how much of any remaining US 99 artifacts were damaged or will be damaged. I-5 has been shut down during this fire as well. If anyone in the area is able to do an inspection afterward and post photos, it would be greatly appreciated.
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    My Oregon Trail Odyssey

    Great stories and photos! How did you manage the river crossings? Did you caulk your wagon or ford the river? I haven't seen much of the Oregon Trail myself. Mostly bicycling over Barlow Pass, driving over South Pass and seeing the marker for the "three corners?", and the wagon ruts near Ft. Laramie, WY. I always find it interesting how trails like these, so important in the past, become relegated to side roads (if even that) in modern times. Grande Ronde is also the site of a volcano from many millions of years ago, possibly a caldera. I'll have to look that up again.
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    Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

    Great photos! One aspect I am not sure was covered at the visitors center were the emergent coastline features. In the bottom photo at Cooks Chasm, you may note the larger bench extending out into the sea. That bench was partially formed during an earthquake that raised the land, most likely from the earthquake in January 1700.
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    New Ridge Route website

    I look forward to seeing a link to the site. The Ridge Route does need your help.
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    Us 99 News?

    Very cool article! I am glad to see when all the research we have done gets recognized.
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    New Ridge Route website

    Recently, I became a member of the board for the Ridge Route Preservation Organization. One of my first acts was to help create a new website for the group. The Ridge Route Preservation Organization is a group that is working to get the roadway open and maintained again. I do believe we will be successful in this venture. The new website, http://ridgeroute.org , will act as a newsletter, give updates on the roadway, and help raise funds for our effort.
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    Us 99 News?

    News from Redding - Parts of old 99 in Mountain Gate will be signed! http://www.redding.com/story/news/2017/10/21/signs-recall-days-when-old-highway-99-busy-route-mountain-gate/780505001/
  11. Great photos of the old highway and gorge. You mentioned about those floods. Some of the numbers that came out of those floods are truly staggering. At Wallula Gap, east of The Dalles, the flow was estimated to be between 6 and 10 cubic MILES of water per hour. Rivers tend to be measured in cubic FEET per second. Huge difference. The flood, at its highest point, filled the Columbia River Gorge nearly to the top. Imagine the view from Crown Point along the Columbia River Highway with the gorge completely filled with water. There are other features from the floods, yes, floods, that defy imagination. These floods happened at least 35-40 times. The geologist, J. Harlen Bretz, that came up with the original theory was basically laughed at by the scientific community until another geologist, Pardee, came up with the source of the water. It is a fascinating story and something that always gives me pause when I am in that region.
  12. I finally posted a followup to the tour. http://socalregion.com/cajon-pass-tour-august-12-2017-review/ The next tour will be advertised a bit more, but I still will just do it myself. I don't intend to collect monies for the tours just yet. Having some other group handling it wouldn't quite fit what I do. My next tour will either be on US 80 or US 99 (what section is still being looked into).
  13. While it looks like it will be a low turnout (still no real idea until I show up that morning), I still intend to make the best of it. It should be a lot of fun, despite the heat predicted.
  14. The tour will include as much of the original roadway as possible as well as the last pre-freeway alignment. There are sections remaining, that will be viewed, of the 1916 macadam paving.
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    What's Your Favorite National Park?

    I saw the article in the magazine. Very cool to see! Thank you for the opportunity to contribute.