Out along Interstate 80 - about 61 km (38 mi.) east of San Francisco - the highway climbs a steep grade past Sulpher Mountain and then snakes along for several miles before dropping onto the flat marshlands that lead to the California Central Valley.
Along this stretch - just east of the American Canyon Road exit - stands a fleet of beat-up old farm equipment - sitting among the grasses and star thistle year after year - fading in the sun and rusting in the fog and rain. You can only access the old road where they sit from this one exit. By the time I see them at 70 mph (110 kph) - I'm long past the turn-off. The next exit is more than 8 km (5mi.) away - so I never have stopped. Until this past Monday. The weather was beautiful and I thought of these aging relics before I reached the exit.
These are really old and unfamiliar pieces of machinery. The one on today's post has cement disks inside the forward wheel rims - my guess is for added weight to the front wheels. I was also drawn to the dry grasses enveloping all of them.
So - for the next four days: "Farming Rust"
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