Monday, June 18, 2012

Making a boat out of stone would be a hardship.

There is a concrete dock sitting ashore on the Oregon Coast that drifted across the Pacific from the tsunami last year in Japan. I'm not sure it is big news across the world or even the United States but it has garnered a lot of attention around these parts. It was immediately deloused of any invasive aquatic life and now it is attracting tourists by the carload, talk about an invasive species. Agate Beach normally sees 400 cars on "any given Sunday" but the numbers reported last week are as high as 11,000 in 5 days.

From the parking lot


A crowded beach

Trobairitz and I normally don't do the touristy stuff as neither one of us do well with crowds, but we decided that the coastal crowd would be more manageable than the OSU Commencement crowd. It was an excuse to ride, a destination and a chance to give Brandy a bit of reprieve from her allergies.




The local news is reporting that bids to remove the dock from Agate Beach are being accepted and work may begin as early as next week. So taking Cesar's post as inspiration, Trobaritz and I rode our bikes down to Alpine, through Alsea Falls and meandered westward towards Waldport before turning north to Newport and Agate Beach to take a look before it was too late and the dock was gone.







We didn't really blend in with the crowd. I'm sure it is one thing to see two motorcyclists on a coastal beach, but it must be another to see them playing in the surf wearing ATGATT.









video




I'm not one to care too much what others think but it was fun to watch everyone else scatter as the waves came in. I sure love my SIDI waterproof boots!



The dock isn't as big as the news made it out to be, I know it is heavy at 165 tons but I was expecting it to be much, much larger. I imagine if it was parked in the middle of the street at 66 feet long, the size of two semi-trucks and trailers, it would seem bigger, but not so much just sitting there on a wide open beach. I guess it is the significance that it came all the way from Japan and what it represents that is drawing the crowds.




We snapped a few pictures then stumbled through the sand back to the bikes and headed for home and the warmth of the valley.


- UPDATE:


Tsunami dock that washed ashore on Oregon beach will be dismantled instead of moved




23 comments:

  1. Troubadour:

    what were you two thinking ? ditch the boots, then walk around in the sand. That's what I would have done. You have waterproof skin, underneath the waterproof boots

    also, I like the new Troubadour header


    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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    1. We weren't planning on being there long and we didn't want to bother with wet feet and sand in our boots.

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  2. MAn...I thought it would of sunk! Dont worry about Bob if he had his way we would all be walking around naked.

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  3. Concrete is actually a pretty good material for boats and is a common foundation for floating houses. IMHO, someone should pull it into a dock and start building.

    Nice pictures of you two!

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    1. Thanks Richard.
      I think they should tug it out of there at high tide, tow it into Newport and use it for something. The question would be who owns it?

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  4. Thats an awful lot of radioactive concrete on your beach!

    Richard is right that pic of you 2 is great.

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    1. Thanks.
      We all need more radioactivity in our lives. I'm sure the parents weren't thinking of that while they hoisted their kids up on it to play.

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  5. Love the pics! I'd only seen brief mention of the dock and didn't think much of it. So thanks for enlightening me. I chuckled at the thought of seeing y'all ATGATT-clad and playing in the surf. People probably thought, now there's two folks who take sun protection to a whole new extreme. I like the new look of the blog, too.

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    1. Thank you, the blog needed a new look for summer.
      The dock was major news around here last week and I was interested to see how big it really was to cause such a commotion.

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  6. Such a long journey. Once again a reminder of the power of the ocean.

    Love the new header photo. Great picture of the two of you. And, I can tell you really love your waterproof boots!
    ~Keith

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    1. It is amazing to think how far the dock traveled not to mention how far up the beach it landed.
      Thank you for the kind words.

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  7. And now I know why ship's maintain a watch 24x7 when at sea...I thought it was to make sure they didn't hit another ship but apparently also to look for floating debris that could sink them!

    thanks

    dom


    Redleg's Rides

    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

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    1. I can imagine that dock would do significant damage to a container ship, barge or fishing vessel. I don't know how easy it would be to see in the water as it definitely wasn't very tall.

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  8. Cool! Yep. That made our news over here. I don't blame you, I would have wanted to visit too. Especially of dismantling will be occurring so rapidly. Great pictures of you both!

    No one can say that you weren't safe wandering around in the waves. :)

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    1. It would be a shame living so close and then to miss seeing it. I don't know what they are going to do with it, I imagine it won't be easy to sink so I hope they can use it and re-purpose it.

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  9. This chunk of concrete even made it into the German news. I wonder what else we have to expect to arrive at our coasts (including radiation?).
    I love the pic where you play in the water. I guess I am not the only one testing the waterproof label that way ;-)

    And touristy or not, I would have wanted to see it too, and bonus: you got a ride and Brancy a break from her allergies out of it.

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    1. Sorry for the typo, I mean Brandy of course.

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    2. It was a good ride despite the cool overcast weather. We ignored the crowds and played in the water. I didn't expect the video, I thought she was snapping pictures so I was just biding my time being me.
      We're almost out of allergy season, another 2 weeks.

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  10. Troubadour:

    you two look like movie stars, with your matching shades

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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    1. It wasn't sunny but it was just bright enough we kept our shades on. One kid asked me if I was a policeman, I should have asked him if he was doing anything illegal.

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  11. People are probably visiting it because it almost seemed surreal at the time, but then to see some of the flotsam up close makes you awed at the power of nature to bring this across the Pacific. I makes me sad to think there we will be seeing more everyday things washing up on our shores. We had a shipping container with a Harley in it wash up here.

    How are the boots with the salt water?

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