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Trip Reports, where did the Transit go?

I hope this is a place to post a few pictures of my travels with our Transit.
As much as I enjoy all the technical discussions, I bought the van to go places.
So during my (still continuing) build we traveled close and far enjoying our Transit.
Hopefully others will contribute as well.

Our first trip was in mid March to the Carrizo Plain in central California between highway 101 and 5, San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield. After the plentiful winter rains California was blooming.
The bed was in, solar, fan, a light and battery working, but the fridge was still on order.
We brought our bikes and saw an amazing bloom and also the San Andreas fault on the east side of the plains.
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Looks like an awesome trip!

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San Andreas Fault is something actually visible on the surface?
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San Andreas Fault is something actually visible on the surface?
If you know what to look for - yes!
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Yes. The fault line runs NW-SE along the east side of the plains at the foot of the Tremblor range. Small canyons running down these hills are perpendicular to the fault line. As the pacific plate moves NW-ward these canyons are 'broken' and seem to make two 90-degree corners, right then left. Wallace creek is one such Canyon easily accessible. The valley is relatively dry, so the fault-line shift is not eroded relatively to the occasional carving action by the water in the Canyon. Wiki has some great info.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrizo_Plain
A geological tour of the valley.
http://scecinfo.usc.edu/wallacecreek...s/blm-cpna.pdf



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Well, it's not very scenic, yet - but our Transit is now basking in the Sunshine State. She JUST fits in our driveway - and nobody has howled about the giant van yet....LOL!
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Yep. East of poster's locale near I-5. Hard to ID from the ground. "Sore-thumb" visible from the air. It's a rift in the ground, tens of miles long. Large gulch/arroyo looking. An old dirt road crosses the rift. Misaligned by many feet. My CA Air Guard pilot liked to use the rift to "avoid radar". "Down in the weeds". The rift was useful. The Navy pukes from Lemoore NAS and the F-16 guys from Fresno did not like us operating near their bases. "Olde and slow". Photos from Yahoo!:
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SierraHiker, we were at Carrizo at the beginning of April and camped in that very same spot! Whatta view. Looks like the show was about the same as what we saw.
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... "Sore-thumb" visible from the air. ... My CA Air Guard pilot liked to use the rift to "avoid radar". "Down in the weeds". The rift was useful. ...
Ah! Thank you! He never elaborated, but now I know why my NASA pilot did the same thing, although that was many decades ago. He ferried me between Edwards and Moffett Field on equipment and parts runs when I was a co-op (engineering apprentice) at NASA.

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SierraHiker, we were at Carrizo at the beginning of April and camped in that very same spot! Whatta view. Looks like the show was about the same as what we saw.


Nice! Yes, in the West side hills you can camp on most established off the road spots and there are two or three camp grounds with basic facilities. With the basic camper we opted for solitude and better views. We came back later in April after a trip further south and although it was greener, it seemed to have fewer flowers. A rainstorm cut our trip short and splattered mud over the white van on the many miles of gravel roads.


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