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Got in about 9:30, in time for plenty of rest before we go to the ATV park in the morning.
... This particular coal seam is about 18" wide and about 18" off the floor. Miners had to crawl in on their side, dig out underneath the coal seam to create a shelf, drill into the shelf, insert blasting powder, blast it, so the coal collapsed in pieces on the floor, then load it into coal cars and haul it out, using their own animals--pony, if they had a small one, goats, dogs, and their children. Each car carried a ton. They were expected to mine 10 tons ...
... settled for ponchos, which we acquired for a dollar apiece at the dollar store.
After our exciting shopping spree, we went to dinner at a Yelp-Recommended BBQ joint called a Taste of Memphis. The food was pretty good and the decor was entertaining (check out the photos). Turned out that there was a geocache 20 meters from the table at which I was sitting when I checked the geocaching app, so I ...
... routes and then we moved down the wall doing some more challenging lines. Later we found a sick cave and Lee onsighted a 12a! Lee is a beast climber! One of the strongest I know and has taught me everything I know! He also cleared the 30 foot wide cave after letting one rip! Damn Lee!
It was a successful day and after climbing we went to The Secret Sandwich Society for another "unique" meal. I had a turkey sandwich with apples on it, fantastic! and ...
... in the Western Hemisphere -- a crazy marvel of engineering. After seeing the bridge, we went on a trail bike ride on the Rend Trail, the trailhead for which is located near the former mining town of Thurmond. The ride was great -- 7 miles out and back, with 5 train trestles to cross, as well as a giant boulder that you have to carry your bike around to get past. The ride out was a steady uphill climb, ...