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UER Forum > Archived US: South > Surprising Suburban Drain, part 1 (Viewed 331 times)
RobertB 


Location: Skeeterville, TX
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Surprising Suburban Drain, part 1
< on 10/30/2007 1:12 PM >
Posted on Forum: UER Forum
 
I got a new camera, thanks to a long-forgotten point-collection bonus on a credit card. So this weekend, I put it to its highest and best use: going underground. I'd spotted a drain from the Interstate that looked interesting -- but I had no idea of all the cool features I'd find.

The drain entrance itself is right by a residential area -- in fact, the house nearest it is for sale. Wish I were in a position to buy it! UER party every weekend. But I didn't want to park in front of someone's house, especially since there's a better alternative -- park by a skating rink and walk down the creek. That's where the first cool surprise came in, as the creek flows into what turns out to be a massive drain complex!

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Looking downstream, you can see five large bores.

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Sorry, there's nobody here to take your call.

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Pano of the drain. The three big ones are huge, and the two small ones are still just big enough to walk through. But where do they go, and why are they elevated like that?

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Unsurprisingly, the taggers have been hard at work on the small side.

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On the big side, we can check off Martinez. Also note the date.

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The big side curves around to the left, then turns back to the right.

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A chunk of rebar near the top of the big side is covered in spider webs...

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... and in fact, the walls are covered with webs, covering every protrusion. Whatever sort of flood it was designed for, this drain hasn't been at capacity for a while.

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In another of the big-side tunnels, the Satin Worshippers have been hard at work. Ah, the smooth, sleek slide of satin sheets.

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A bit more effort went into this one. My daughter is quite an artist herself -- would it be wrong to let her use a drain as a canvas?

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Another of those holes in the ceiling. I'm seeing them all over, so I don't guess it's anything unusual.

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40 degrees looks about right.

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Out the other end and looking back upstream. Wait, how did we get five tunnels again? It turns out the small bores went straight from one end to the other, while the giant ones went around in a question-mark shape. The small ones would stay completely dry unless the water backs up several feet deep.

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This aerial view shows how the drains are arranged. What I can't figure out is why they didn't just build the whole thing straight across. I wonder if the small drains were added later to divert water backed up by the curves in the big drains?

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Looking downstream, our adventure has only just begun. I think I'll put those pictures in a separate thread... partly to avoid overloading this one, and partly because if I don't get to work, I'll find myself with a little bit *too* much free draining time. And while the idea of turning the overflow drain into an impromptu underground mansion is appealing, I'm not sure what address I'd use when registering the kids for school.


J'ai toujours fait une prière à Dieu, qui est fort courte.
La voici: "Mon Dieu, rendez nos ennemis bien ridicules!"
Dieu m'a exaucé.
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Re: Surprising Suburban Drain, part 1
<Reply # 1 on 10/30/2007 5:52 PM >
Posted on Forum: UER Forum
 
I would say its Ok for artists to paint drains, not like it ruins anything of beauty or esthetic value, it actually improves the appearance of most drains unless youre into plain tan concrete!

(go ahead and flame me ethics Nazis)

I would also tell those satin worshippers that nylon or something like Gore Tex is a much better fabric choice for draining apparel, youll never get algae stains out of your satin!

(and remember, now that the weathers cooling down, cotton kills)

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Re: Surprising Suburban Drain, part 1
<Reply # 2 on 10/30/2007 7:25 PM >
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Posted by 2Xplorations

I would also tell those satin worshippers that nylon or something like Gore Tex is a much better fabric choice for draining apparel, youll never get algae stains out of your satin!

(and remember, now that the weathers cooling down, cotton kills)


haha, thats awesome.


Thats a fun little drain area you found there. I use to live about 1/2 mile from that drain and I would take my dirt bike down there all the time. The first time I rode it into the drain alone I was getting kinda bugged out... I had a shit load of picture, but F-ing lost them ALL cuz they werent backed up


If you hit those sloping walls in 2nd gear and blip the throttle right at the top you catch some pretty good air.

Dallas has some pretty freakin good drains if thats your kick...just gotta search them out.

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Re: Surprising Suburban Drain, part 1
<Reply # 3 on 10/31/2007 3:47 AM >
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those tires cant get much bite on drain slime man

and yes Dallas has some excellent drains dont it
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RobertB 


Location: Skeeterville, TX
Gender: Male


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Re: Surprising Suburban Drain, part 1
<Reply # 4 on 11/2/2007 5:47 AM >
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... the story continues in Part 2!

J'ai toujours fait une prière à Dieu, qui est fort courte.
La voici: "Mon Dieu, rendez nos ennemis bien ridicules!"
Dieu m'a exaucé.
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