Forest Work, After the Big Storm and a Boo Boo

Thursday January 5, 2023 Guerneville CA.

Rain

It was still raining a bit when I got it going today, but it was turning to light showers.

No power

My brother Tom has a lot of stuff in his freezers and vegetables he has to keep cold so we got the generator going this morning as there still was no power and no one said when we’d get it back.gen1

 

Go for a ride

That seemed like the thing to do today, so I hopped on the bike and rode on up in the hills to have a look around to see what the storm did.

Guerneville

I rode up to the overlook. Town people are likely getting ready for the river to flood, which it is supposed to do soon.town2

 

High winds

For this area, it wasn’t the rain that did much damage, but the strong winds knocked a lot of trees down. This road has a lot of small fir tree branches down on it.road3

 

There weren’t a lot of larger trees down but this one stopped me and I couldn’t get by, so I turned around and tried another way.tree4

 

But the other way had some trees down on it too, so I went over to see how this trail faired.

Looks pretty good with just a bunch of small stuff on it.trail

 

Crash

I was going down the road and making a turn onto another road when this redwood limb got in my way and I had no time to avoid it. The problem is if you hit one sideways, the wheel slips out and you go down as I did. Things sometimes just happen too fast.limb

 

I wasn’t going fast but the bike just tipped over on my leg and I were pinned a bit.bike6

 

The bike had my foot pinned under it and the hot muffler was on it, but at least I wasn’t getting burned, thanks to my shoes.

Now, older bodies don’t like this kind of stuff much and it takes a bit of time to get it together, aches and pains, you know. After about a minute or so, I was able to get my leg out from under the bike and stand up.

Now, I had to get the bike back up, hurting body and all, but I did it.bike7

 

Trails

I continued on down to a trail above the waterfall and checked it out for damage. The trail was fine.fall5

 

I decided I needed a chainsaw, so I  headed for home to get one, down this trail, but I had to stop to get some redwood sticks off the trail. Not taking any more chances as I hurt enough already.sticks

 

I had to ride over this, but I’ll be back to get it with the chainsaw.trail8

 

Chainsaw work

I put the saw on the quad runner and rode on up into the hills and started with this one.log9

 

Next was this one which took some time as it was a bigger mess.trees10

 

My back was starting to scream as I got to work on this mess.trees11

 

I could  barely move after getting this one off the road.trail12

 

I headed for home after that one, but had to stop three more times to cut smaller stuff up. It got fairly dark on me before I made it home.

Still no power and still no phone, so no internet, but I use my brother’s cable.

Nice day.

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3 Responses to Forest Work, After the Big Storm and a Boo Boo

  1. Ken Solbakken says:

    Riding dirt bikes on single tracks after a good storm was always fun and challenging. And of course crashing was usually part of the routine, whether I liked it or not. You’re a tough old mountain man, but having your brother with you is much safer than solo. Wishing you the best, be careful.

  2. Nancy K says:

    You’re going to have your work cut out for you by the time the last storm goes through. Maybe get a big bottle of aspirin!! Take care ….. I’ve felt the leg burn before and it’s not fun!!

  3. Deb says:

    Wow that’s a lot of downed branches and trees. Must have been a very big wind. Those pesky branches are always slippery when wet and hard to see too. Glad you were able to extricate yourself without getting hurt. Those bikes just keep getting heavier to pick up don’t they? Hopefully the power is restored soon.

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