The Eastside Tunnel

Melancholy, Josh, and I hoped on bikes and decided to cruise around the river for tunnels.  As you might have guessed by the fact you're looking at a page on the subject, we found one.

Here's the drop-off above the canal leading into the tunnel.  The guys already have their bikes down there.


...note the old lantern and other junk in the dirt here.  I don't know enough about these artifacts to date them, but they certainly made me wonder how they got here and how long they've been around, basically the same questions I ask whenever I see Joan Rivers on tv.

Inside a section of the tunnel.  There were several parallel areas like this in this portion.

I was surprised to find graffiti in this section of the tunnel since it was a ways in and not near the outside where you usually find it.

However, as you can see in this and the picture above, the tunnel opened out a bit, through this was still in a channel that was fenced off on the sides.  And from the look on my face, you'd think I'd never seen plants before.

Hey, tracks!  Raccoons actually have more of a hop when they're running.  They only walk the way you're probably picturing (i.e., alternating legs) when they're foraging.  YouTube it if you don't believe me.

A look up shows we were fairly deep below ground.

You honestly cannot go in a tunnel without finding a shovel.  Don't ask me why.  This is just one of those things you'd have to ask Douglas Adams about if he were still here.

And don't ask me how that got here either.

It got kind of deep in spots.  Once again, we were all pessimistic idiots who neglected to bring boots since we figured we'd never find any new tunnels.  Yeah, right.

Once the water got too deep and (more importantly) too rocky/sandy to bike easily, we left our rides behind (Seriously, who'd find them to steal them at this point?) and did the rest on foot.

Another look up, this time at the sky.  That grate (and shaft) is probably 2' x 2' if it's like the majority of the ones I've seen around the interstates in this area.  

We used the GPS to get a reading from one like this in Beaver Tunnel.  Unfortunately, the GPS was with the boots on this particular day.

Now the tunnel's round.  This is what keeps things interesing.  We like the hole to seem different once in a while.  That's the key to holding our interest, ladies.

More raccoon tracks.  Looks like it was too slippery for him here.

I took a break.  This tunnel actually went pretty far.  The water was never that deep, but it wicked up my pants legs coupled with a lot of sweat at this point in the summer heat (Yeah, even below ground).

As you can see, ahead it grew somewhat small.  Since we saw it getting only smaller, we gave up not much farther than this and turned back.

The way home.  That's the aforementioned channel, and yes, the bikes were still there.

Alexplored 7/24/06.
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