Ok, so I made it! I was able to go and see, and photograph, the massive transport that is transporting a 340 ton (yes, TON) rock 105 miles, from Riverside to Los Angeles, where it will be displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of Michael Heizer's artwork Levitated Mass. (More on the artwork can be found on the web.... we're a trucking web site after all, not an art blog.... however a brief description of the art work can be found here: http://lacma.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/michael-heizer%e2%80%99s-levitated-mass-is-coming-to-lacma/ )
Anyway. For any truck enthusiast, this was a beautiful site. I snapped pictures like nobody's business. Unfortunately I was racing the sunlight, so I'm sorry about the variety in light on these pictures. Some are a little dark, but it's what I was able to get :)
Now, I said 105 miles is the traveling distance, but that is if you can take the freeway. With this load, there is no way to travel freeways with overpasses and weak spots. After several months of collaboration between several cities, counties and engineering specialists, a route was planned out that is longer, but will be safer to travel.
The rock moves at 5mph and it only moves at night, from around 10pm and night until 5-6am in the morning. It is said to possibly be the largest megalithic stone moves since ancient times.
The transport measures 260 feet long and 32 feet wide and if everythign goes according to schedule, the rock should be at LACMA on March 10th.
CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW THE ROCK MOVE!
Ok, enough talk! Let's see some PICTURES!!!! Enjoy!
I'll have the entire picture collection uploaded on Facebook, just join the 18wheeler FB group, although all I can say is that it's pretty much more of the same :)
You can read more detailed information about the rock and the progress of the transportation HERE.