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Old 11-30-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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Fast Food coming to Carrizzo?

I read this today...

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/11...izo-plain.html

This would be going in near the old motel at the North end of the monument, in California Valley area. I'm not quite sure just what to think about this.. good or bad?
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:24 PM   #2
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And the problem would be??? They want to re-model the motel and add food. Why not?
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:58 PM   #3
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. Why not?
Well.. for one thing it just seems like it would detract from the ruralness and make it seem a little more civilized, I guess. I'm not really condemning the idea, just wonderind what the actual impact would be. I suppose it won't amount to any more traffic than is already out there due to the work crews.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:31 PM   #4
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You realize that there was already more than that with former gas station across the street and all...right?
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:03 PM   #5
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You realize that there was already more than that with former gas station across the street and all...right?
and a fire station, motel, community center, air strip (which I've landed on) and a partridge in a pear tree. Yeah, knew that. But by the time I began working on the website, most of all that, though outside the NM, was defunct. The store has been open/closed several times over the years.

I just kind of hate to see any commercial build up out there.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:06 PM   #6
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I was down there a year ago in April and it was the desolate place I love to visit. Just how badly have these solar panel jokers marred up the area in a years time???
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:26 PM   #7
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I was down there a year ago in April and it was the desolate place I love to visit. Just how badly have these solar panel jokers marred up the area in a years time???
Scott.. the solar activity is mostly on the other side of 58, but some aworkers are apparently staying in the old motel. There's definitely more traffic on 58 out that way these days. I don't think the project has impacted the area inside the NM other than traffic to and from.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:47 PM   #8
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I was down there a year ago in April and it was the desolate place I love to visit. Just how badly have these solar panel jokers marred up the area in a years time???
Hi scottmac,

My wife and I just rode through there last weekend and I was shocked at how much the part you see from Rt 58 and Bitterwater Road had changed since I was last there, about a year ago ...

Big solar farms south of 58 and at the end of Bitterwater Road ... what dyvking says about the NM is true, we didn't really see the farms from Hurricane Ridge or Elkhorne Road ...

The area isn't ruined for me, still big vistas, and the solar farms are not that big [yet], but man ... progress marches on ... pretty quickly, too ...

The strange watch-tower thing at the north end of Bitterwater has started to collapse, also ... near the collapsed old county store ...

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:53 PM   #9
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"and the solar farms are not that big [yet], but man ... progress marches on ..."

I don't call that progress !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 11-30-2012, 07:27 PM   #10
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and a fire station, motel, community center, air strip (which I've landed on) and a partridge in a pear tree. Yeah, knew that. But by the time I began working on the website, most of all that, though outside the NM, was defunct. The store has been open/closed several times over the years.

I just kind of hate to see any commercial build up out there.
Copy that, I didn't know how much you knew about the area.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:36 PM   #11
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Copy that, I didn't know how much you knew about the area.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:40 PM   #12
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Hi scottmac,

My wife and I just rode through there last weekend and I was shocked at how much the part you see from Rt 58 and Bitterwater Road had changed since I was last there, about a year ago ...

Big solar farms south of 58 and at the end of Bitterwater Road ... what dyvking says about the NM is true, we didn't really see the farms from Hurricane Ridge or Elkhorne Road ...

The area isn't ruined for me, still big vistas, and the solar farms are not that big [yet], but man ... progress marches on ... pretty quickly, too ...

The strange watch-tower thing at the north end of Bitterwater has started to collapse, also ... near the collapsed old county store ...


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That really sucks.


Riding down there from the north on Bitterwater is part of the whole experience IMO.
Nothing to see but empty rolling hills,cows and the sporadic ranch buildings.

That's what makes Carrizo feel so remote. Pulling up to Soda Lake road and seeing a
Mcdonalds is just plain wrong.
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:45 AM   #13
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Once the Solar boom is over (built out) all this building for support will dry up and go away. Even the largest solar farms only have a few people on site. The motel has been shuttered for YEARS so I'm glad to see the owner recoup SOME of his money, even if it's only for a while.

Unless some sustainable employment in numbers comes to the Carrizzo, it'll all quiet down in a couple years.

I need to get out there and see what's going on! Since I retired I haven't been on 58 out that way on over a year!!!

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Old 12-01-2012, 07:52 AM   #14
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Home to the indians... oil... ranching...hunting... now solar
Someone just tryin make a buck off the land
Good thing our tax money is making the park better
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:12 AM   #15
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Cary and I rode through the Carrizo Plain last week on our way home from Baja, and snapped this pic of the new solar farm at the intersection of Bitterwater Rd and Rt 58 ... looking east, it goes for three or four miles, with a large electrical sub-station in the middle ...

It was Friday, and we passed a hundred big-rigs headed east on Rt 58 ...

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