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Rocks in my Head

Rockhounding the Pacific Northwest the hard way.
By Don Martin
#737 - posted Sunday September 25, 2016 by Neil Gunton

"First a bit of background. For tens of millions of years, Oregon has been re-invented by volcanoes - everything from little cinder cones a few yards high to Mt. Mazama, which blew up resulting in Crater Lake. Much of this volcanic rock and ash are periodically buried and soaked in hot groundwater. This turns out to be an ideal environment for producing gemstones.

Oregon is a rockhound's paradise, if you know what to look for, you literally can't go far without stumbling across semi-precious rocks. When you buy driveway gravel here, it will have some agates in it. Just last week a respectable piece of petrified wood emerged from my back yard.

To get the good stuff though, ya gotta go out to the tule bushes ("two-lee" - for those west of the Coast Range or east of the Sierra or Wallowas, this means the sticks). The traditional way to do this is load up the four-by pickup, go stomping around for a weekend, and come home with a bunch of rock. Being a cyclist (and one-time geologist) I've come up with a more interesting approach...
" - read this journal

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Latest journal updates:
Journal Author Updated Status
This trip is not a trip, it's an adventure. *   Tim Wimborne  06:20 
121 of ??? days
Somewhere in Asia: Japan, China & The South-East *   Nick Kennedy  06:02 
27 of ??? days
Shikoku Pilgrimage 2016 *   Bruce Nelson, Axel Kunzmann and Sylvie Kimche  05:40 
15 days until start
Fall Foliage Tour - Vermont *   Marion Campbell  05:22 
6 of 21 days
The ups and downs along the Cascades and Sierra mountains. *   Bryan Jacobson  04:38 
56 of 57 days
Rosie's Big Adventure - from retirement to Nepal & Tibet *   Rosemary Kelly  04:37 
31 of 85 days
A Fuji in Formosa and a Trek in Taiwan *   Frank Denman and Sandra Lawn  04:35 
27 of 36 days
Sierra's to Salt Lake City via Kettle Valley Rail Trail, Jasper & Yellowstone *   Joel Emonson  04:27 
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Tandem Cycle Tour LEJOG *   Christian Bratina  04:07 
30 of 31 days
Fall Colours *   Margaret Kavanagh*  03:30 
9 of 20 days
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Backroad cycling in northern NSW *   Heather Nonhebel  Thu 29 
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Cycle Tourists I Have Meet on the Road *   Frank Denman  Wed 28 
Completed Oct 2013
Making a charge regulator *   Tim Hathaway  Tue 27 
Completed Sep 2016
Day Trips & Training Rides *   Bill Stone  Mon 26 
Completed Jun 2015
Patagonian Back Routes *   Alec Ford  Sun 25 
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Website  Last page button on My Bookmarks   Joel Emonson  20:01   4   02:51
Photography  Only use Smartphone for taking photos   Joel Emonson  Mon 26   23   01:04
Hazards & Safety  New bike helmet anyone?   GJ Coop  21:39   1   22:48
Regional: North America  AMTRAK EXPANDS BICYCLE PROGRAM FOR TRAVEL ON NATIONAL ROUTES   Brian Huntley  12:29   3   19:50
Diet & Cooking  A caution to the UK   Dale Oswald  Tue 27   9   18:15
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Charging systems  Igaro D1 Titanium Dynamo USB Charger / Adapter   *****  1   Robert Maxwell*  Sat 24   2   Tue 27
Cassettes  Sunrace CS-M66 Cassette, 8 Speed, 12-34T   *****  1   Erin Coye  Jun 13   1   Mon 26
Brake systems  Avid Mechanical Brakes BB7   *****  ****_  5   isaac mizrahi  May 2010   19   Sat 24
Touring bikes (regular)  Salsa Marrakesh 2017 Review   ****_  1   Evan Plish  Sep 22   0   Sep 22
Wheels  Sugar Wheel Works   *****  *****  2   Robert Ewing  Sep 11   2   Sep 11
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For Sale  Co-Motion Pangea S&S Coupled Co-Pilot S/XS Size Touring Bicycle* $1880  open  Brian Wasson 2016-03-11 
For Sale  FS: NOS Beckman Modular Tandem Panniers and Gordon Racks front and rear* $750  open  Brian Wasson 2016-09-07 
Companions  Late Oct - Early Nov 2016 California Desert Meander*   open  Richard Stolzberg 2016-09-28 
For Sale  Shimano RD-M972 SGS* $125.00  open  Michael Witter 2016-09-26 
For Sale  BOB bag, original black style.* $30.  open  Kelly Iniguez 2016-09-23 
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Trips & Thoughts on two wheels* viaggibici.altervista.org/English... Route, Travelogue 2016-09-30 
Bike Across Canada Facebook Group www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=grou... Community, Route, Travel resources, Website 2016-09-18 
OpenFietsMap is a free routable cycling map for Garmin ® GPS units www.openfietsmap.nl Tools, Maps 2016-09-18 
Good Bike Co., LLC - TranAm bike shop in Prineville, Oregon www.goodbikeco.com Shopping (general) 2016-09-10 
Cycling Cairns to Darwin along the Savannah Way www.pedals44.com/cairns-to-darwin... Travelogue 2016-09-09 
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Snow, Peter* (pmuss) 29 Sep 2016  29 Sep 2016 
Reamer, Neil (colnei) 29 Sep 2016  30 Mar 2016 
Stolzberg, Richard (arcticcamper) 29 Sep 2016  5 Aug 2013 
Veitch, James (jveitch) 28 Sep 2016  30 Jun 2012 
baird, wendy (wendybaird) 28 Sep 2016  30 Aug 2009 
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Image on journal page: What am I doing here? in journal Heading for a (Colourful) Fall by Stephanie Powell (18 of 43 days)

 2016-09-30 4:04 
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IMG_20151213_112626127_HDR.jpg Me holding a random Chinese baby while trying (and failing miserably!) not to look too uncomfortable!

Image on journal page: Days 341-343 - Staying on my Feet: Lanzhou to Tianshui in journal Round the World AttemptFeatured Journal #664 by William Bennett (634 of ??? days)

 2016-09-30 2:33 
Journal page Back in England: I was in shock from The Really Long Way RoundFeatured Journal #591 by Chris Pountney (1173 of ??? days)  2016-09-30 1:04 
Journal page "You're a passenger?!": A trans-Atlantic voyage aboard a luxury liner from The Really Long Way RoundFeatured Journal #591 by Chris Pountney (1173 of ??? days)  2016-09-30 1:04 
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Image on journal page: Seattle, WA: The backpack has arrived in journal Living Life like it's Your Last Day: Sasquatch Rides the Himalayas (2016) by Harvey Surrena (4 of ??? days)

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