Day 141

This place blows

August 14th, 2010


  1. Candice in Alabama says:

    Which came first – the wind or the wind turbines?

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      Great video Matt – It’s lovely to see the wind turbines in action. They appear to be turning in slow motion.

  2. Vickie from Michigan says:

    For all that blowing noise, they do seem to be moving pretty slowly. (For a split second I had the notion that was YOU zipping down the hill, riding your cart!)

  3. Sancho Panza says:

    If that guy went any slower he’d probably fall off his bike, with the cross-winds and all. When riding on two wheels there’s a certain speed you need to maintain to remain erected; i.e. an erection will only last as long as the air speed velocity, when laden, is greater than the momentum of the forces pressing down upon a given mass, it’s a law of physics, proven fact, I’m afraid.

    But furthermore, implying that you need a GE turbofan to power the school bus, just because it has to go up a steep incline, is not allowed, on neither side of the border, alright?

    • Norwood says:

      You have GOT to be the smartest mexican in the world. That is really deep. I have read that like 10 times and still don’t know what all that means. Can you dumb it down for me?

      • Christopher says:

        Sancho was actually a Spaniard and not a “Mexican.” Don’t mind him; he’s just jousting at windmills. Ha!

      • katzien in austin says:

        First the cheegros and now the mexicans…what is it with you??? Please leave all negative snarkiness at the door when you enter.

    • Stephen says:

      @Sancho. Yeah, I have a ‘friend’ who is having the same problem maintaining an erection. I’ll tell him that a Mexican said that it has something to do with air speed velocity and the momentum of the forces pressing down upon a given mass. Go figure!

  4. Lori says:

    I drove down the Columbia Gorge about three days before Matt shot this video. There is strong wind here most of the time, so it’s the perfect location for the wind turbines. Zillions (well… ok, maybe hundreds) have been erected in the past several years. They are on every hill for miles and every time I drive down the gorge there are many more being trucked in piece by piece. You should see these blades being transported by semi-truck. HUGE!!!

  5. Don in Tennessee says:

    What a MOOING experience. This was a great video with the gasing (I mean grazing) cattle and the wind turbines. Wind turbines are not something you see much of in our part of the country.

    i hope to see the Columbia and Snake Rivers someday!

  6. deb says:

    Hmmm… Do you all remember several posts ago when Matt shared a video of a semi zooming past him that was hauling a weird, long, white “thing”? I wonder if it might have been the white blade of a wind turbine. Now that I think about it, it looked a little like the same shape. But…I could be nuts too!

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      Thats a Roger Deb! it was a Gillete blade for one of those turbines. Hope they have some of that sensitive gel shave creme to go with it.

      Over and Out – from Don in TN- blowng his 18 wheeler horn!

  7. Roe says:

    I’ll take just a bit for savings on electricity!

  8. katzien in austin says:

    Very cool to see them all in action. I drove to El Paso once across the desert of west Texas, and there’s a stretch of highway where you can see them on the cliffs of the mountains for miles and miles. Then it rained and the desert bloomed the next day with so many tiny yellow flowers it looked like yellow snow. It was amazing!

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