|This is another double-barrel tunnel,
but it has lots of breaks through the midwall to allow water or explorers
to cross over as desired.
This opens into a canal behind the photographer (Kurt). and unfortunately, I've never had the time or resources to follow it in search of more exploration opportunities.
Above me is a parking lot to an old shopping center.
|Curiously, this tunnel was filled with more debris than any other I have ever been in. There were chunks of broken concrete, piles of concrete that looked as though it was all poured in, and loads of bricks that made me worry about what was happening to the structures upstream.|
|This was the first of several feeds into
this main shaft.
We detoured and went up this one a little way (see below)
|To the left is the one we came through.
For whatever reason, this tunnel only went about 20 ft., then opened into
this room, then continued again at a different angle.
Behind Kurt are rungs leading up to a manhole cover, presumably opening somewhere near the front of the parking lot
|Not too much further upstream was effectively
the end of the main shafts. This was how the one we came in on (the
one on the right) ended.
I'm standing on a pile of topsoil deposited during the heaviest of rains. The flow never reaches here to wash this pile away, so, gardeners, come get some!
|This is the end of the tunnel on the left corridor. These culverts poured in from the leftmost wall.|
|There were a couple interesting "ramped"
tunnels just downstream from the culverts pictured above.
I went up one of these and found that it ran along a curb, but otherwise just continued at the same height (a backbreaking, hunched over level).
|Here was the find of the trip: a clean,
fully inflated, brand new Wilson footbalI! How this thing made it
down here in such good condition (aside from the fact that, obviously,
it floats) is a mystery.
A little further downsteam we also ran across a muddy old portable tv. I wonder how the reception is down here?
|There were also loads of drain grates (and pieces of them) down here. Fortunately, all of them had been replaced in the parking lot above.|
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