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Old 09-07-10, 05:34 PM   #1
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Previously unknown water stop

On Sunday my riding partner and I started in Ventura and went up Hwy 33 toward Rose Valley. Due entirely to my being a wimp we didn't make it. I bonked about a mile before the first tunnel from the heat, lack of fuel, and no fitness.

On the way back we stopped at the Friends Ranch packing house to soak my jersey to cool me off. There's a spigot, as you face the building, on the right corner near the Orange trees. Water was cool and drinkable.
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Old 09-07-10, 08:55 PM   #2
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Is it the blue spigot seen here in the google street view?

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Friend...,110.94,,1,4.8
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Old 09-08-10, 07:06 AM   #3
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Is it the blue spigot seen here in the google street view?

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Friend...,110.94,,1,4.8
You said blue spigot. Light purple pipe is used for irrigation . It's colored that way to define it as NOT potable
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You said blue spigot. Light purple pipe is used for irrigation . It's colored that way to define it as NOT potable
Can't say I've ever drank from a light purple spigot, but I sure as hell won't now. I didn't know there was a color code for spigots in the wild. Is there a color that specifically denotes potable?
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You said blue spigot. Light purple pipe is used for irrigation . It's colored that way to define it as NOT potable
Hmmm, no response yet from the OP. Maybe he did use the wrong spigot...
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Can't say I've ever drank from a light purple spigot, but I sure as hell won't now. I didn't know there was a color code for spigots in the wild. Is there a color that specifically denotes potable?
You see purple a lot in the city where they use re-claimed water to irrigate public areas like parks ,golf courses etc. I would be real surprized if they use drinking water to irrigate those orange groves but it could come from a well that is probably safe. I don't think anything plastic is used for permanent potable water. There used to be water at the campground at wheeler but they disconnected it a few years ago. Same thing all over the remote mountains in So cal. when the old orriginal pipes put in place years ago deterioate they cap them and don't instal new ones. Too expensive and risky for the litigious society we live in today

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Old 09-12-10, 09:32 PM   #7
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Hmmm, no response yet from the OP. Maybe he did use the wrong spigot...
Sorry, I'm away on weekends sometimes and don't have internet access when that's the case. You know, that work thing...

The pic is too fuzzy for me to see which spigot you're talking about. However, if it's the one right at the corner of the building - that's it. IIRC, the spigot was just an ordinary colored one (steel/bronze and white PVC pipe). It's literally within a foot of the corner of the building and not in the small orange orchard area.

Other than the creek or the waterfall at Bellyache Springs (Use a filter for this water. NOT idodine, a FILTER - sheep fluke is NO FUN!) I don't know of any other water available on Hwy 33 after this point. Pine Mtn Inn is not open so there is no water there. There is no water any more at Wheeler canyon camp & the bar at wheeler springs is closed now.
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You said blue spigot. Light purple pipe is used for irrigation . It's colored that way to define it as NOT potable
Uhhhhhh.... I could never figure out why there was a purple one at Griffith Park. Thanks!
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I passed by here today and took a quick look but didn't stop. I had refilled at Casitas and had 3 nearly full bottles on the way up so I didn't need more. If you need water and are concerned about the potability, you could probably get water at Bodee's which is just about a mile lower on the 33.
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Actually the caretaker at the Visitor Center at Wheeler used to sell water and snacks. I stopped there once and he gave me some water from his Sparkletts dispenser in his private residence but he expected an donation. I think I gave him a buck.
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