"NO Air" in the Inn
Trip Start Sep 29, 2007
45Trip End Dec 01, 2007
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I decided to no longer write after I have ridden during the day, as I looked at what I wrote last night when I could barely find the energy to go out and eat, and it was not up to the standards that I want to produce. I do not have much to say other than I have "raccoon-eyes, similar to a skier who has been out all day in the sun.
II also have a few things going on from extensive sitting on my seat. The pressure, although I have a seat intended for "men's-health," something is going on. I have heard from two camps regarding the issue. Some have said that the pressure is a good thing, causing better health. The other side says that the pressure is harmful and can cause infection, sterility and some other things that are bad. Anyone out there with good info is welcome to let me know. I have noticed that the top of the seat has worn through. I imagine that this seat will last another week or so. I have another seat with me and I did not want to leave it behind in one of my "down-sizing" sessions.
One last thought from yesterday. While plotting my course, I realized just how large just California is. I also noticed that the issues in the South of the State are different from those as I travel North Ie. Farming as opposed to business. Even in business, having been in Frisco many times before, I know their problems are different form ours in the South. Having been back East, the smaller States, probably deal with issues a lot more locally than us in California. After my initial analysis, I do not think that dividing the state into two smaller States, would do any harm. In fact, I think my opinion is no longer neutral to the issue, and that I would vote for dividing the States. So say the History is all inclusive to "California." I think it would just be a change, and people do not generally like change and any feelings of "separation anxiety" would be gone in a generation and Government could be more local.
Back to the size of California, last thing, I am amazed that in the course of 200 or so years that all of the real estate could be alloted for something, be it housing, agriculture or the areas in mostly the mountainous areas which are set aside as Forests to produce paper or actual Wildlife areas, such as National Parks. I do not like the fact that all the wild areas, such as national Parks are limited to the mountains in almost all cases. When James Marshall discovered Gold up near here in 1848, yes 1848 not 1849, that is when most of the miners got here, hence "49ers." When Marshall arrived, California was a thriving wild area, which was home to countless species which are no longer here and are basically restricted to the mountains. However, the flat-lands, per capita held a greater density of wildlife in the case of animals. I have seen absolutely no sign that any large migratory mammals ever lived here. The maps and satellite images back me up on this and I am sure there are some areas that still support large mammals, I know for a fact that no large migratory mammals could proceed through, at least, this area.
Birds are an exception and I saw a large number of Raptors yesterday. I even saw an adult Golden Eagle. Eagles even where I live, are a common sight if you know what you are looking for. In fact, they can be a major hazard to falconers. Short Wingers need to scout the location before flying, but the major problem is for the Long-wingers who fly birds such as Peregrines, Prairies and Hybrids. An Eagle may not be visible, but as soon as you put your bird up, an Eagle will suddenly be there. I don't blame the eagles, other predators are a threat to their survival and in their little mind, they have to go. A full grown Eagle can fly down and kill a large falcon in a matter of minutes and usually the outcome is a dead falcon. The average person would think that a falcon can out fly an Eagle but that is not generally the case, and I hear of about 3-5 falcons being lost to Eagles every year. If they don't catch them in the air, the Eagle can wait and kill your bird when it has caught something and is on the ground. Interestingly, Eagles seldom take and eat the falcon, they just kill the competition an fly away. This is how I formed my world-view from the age of 15. It has influenced my thinking to a large point. I do not see things in terms of "Good and Bad," I just see them for what they are. It is generally a realist type of viewpoint, and I hope I learn to follow my own advice.
Thanks for reading, Steve