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Old 05-22-2019, 10:52 AM   #1
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2019 CA Delta Bridge Boat Tour

I've been considering ways to see most of the CA Delta in the span of a single summer. My training and experience as an engineer, air traffic controller, pilot, and boat owner have allowed my to dabble in systems engineering and physical sciences which have always interested me. Bridges have long intrigued me as examples of engineering solutions in a great blend form and function. I've come up with a plan that will be fun, interesting and hopefully beneficial to others.

Our Delta region is peppered with bridges (and a few ferries) to accommodate vehicle and pedestrian access across our waterways. I'm planning a CA Delta Bridge Tour to include about 25 bridges throughout the CA Delta.

My plan is to record in written, photo and video formats the particulars of each bridge including design and history facts, operational info and boater's perspective on approach and passing to provide a preview to those planning a transit of the area. If the CA Dept of Transportation (CalTrans) cooperates, I'll include text, video or photos of the bridgetender's perspective. Some bridge visits will be by boat and some will be by dinghy, depending on convenience and access. I might even include a lesson on radio use so new boaters know what to expect when approaching bridges for the first time.

The area I'll cover is shaped like a triangle bordered generally by I-5 to the east, CA Hwy 4 to the south and CA Hwy 160/Sacramento River to the west. I will break my tour into two 2-week trips to cover the southern and northern bridges shown on the map below. The area south of CA Hwy 12 will be traveled generally from June 25-July 9 and the northern area will be covered from about July 30-August 13.

I plan to move about the Delta every day or two to cover the vast geography in an efficient but slow paced manner. I will anchor out most nights but I'm willing to consider marina stays when fun, convenient or needed. Of course, there will be an requisite intermission for the July 4th festivities on Mandeville Point during the days surrounding the 4th of July.

Any and all TFers who are interested in joining me for parts of this quest are welcome. Just send me a PM or email to FlyWright34 at gmail dot com to join on the fun. I'll provide my cellphone number for contact when I'm underway.

I'll use this thread to document the trip as it progresses. If the material I collect can be compiled in the form of a YouTube video, I'll put one together at a later date for public reference. I have also started a Twitter account (@DeltaBridges) to publish the photos as well as this hashtag...#DeltaBridges. I'm a newbie to Twitter so it will be another learning experience for me.

I hope to see some of you out there on the warm, fresh waters of the CA Delta this summer!!
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:05 AM   #2
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Sounds like a fun trip Al! Wish we could bring our boat around, but that might be a bridge too far (pun intended)
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:49 AM   #3
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Hereís a preview. The Thornton Road bridge over the Mokelumne River near Walnut Grove and Giustiís Place (restaurant and bar). A great place to be!
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:51 AM   #4
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:04 PM   #5
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Here's my contribution to your bridge collection. These were taken the day before we reached your neck of the woods and met all you guys.





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Sounds like a great time! Maybe while we’re down your way this summer you can tell us all the stories over cocktails on the dock.
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:18 PM   #7
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Sounds great, John!! When do you expect to arrive in the Bay/Delta?
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:35 PM   #8
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Here's a sneek preview from 10 days ago tied up to the public dock at downtown Rio Vista. The RV Bridge is in the background.

I see my windsock idea is catching on. I saw American Freedom on my way home. I like their style!
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Sounds great, John!! When do you expect to arrive in the Bay/Delta?
Al,

Since we don't have a schedule or specific time frame to be anywhere, I would say late July, early August. We usually only travel under ideal conditions and we have identified nine stops after crossing the Columbia Bar.

The plan is to act like touristís all the way down the coast and see as much as possible since we most likely wont be returning up the coast.

Look forward to meeting up with as many TFerís as we can along the way.

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I’m in the SF Bay Area. Same marina as Al and Mark. We hope you’re planning on spending a few days here. See you this Summer!
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:45 PM   #11
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Sounds like your timing could be perfect. I'm hoping to be traveling the northern half about that time. IMO, that's the better half!

And, as Ray says, we've always got a slip for TFers at Vallejo Muni Marina. Everyone going into or out of the Delta has to pass our area. It's right on the way where fresh meets salt.
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Sounds like a great adventure, both boating- and academic-wise.

Have been boating-inactive for many months due to health issue, but recovery is progressing. Starting a 21-day cruise in Alaska via Holland America cruise line, and will subsequently need to address deferred maintenance of the Coot. Anticipating boating again late summer or autumn.
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Old 05-23-2019, 07:59 PM   #13
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That's great that you're feeling up to an Alaska trip so soon. When do you leave? Want us to take the ol' Coot out for a run so the diesel doesn't go stale?
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