Hi there. Cool idea, good luck! We live on the edge of the same desert (http://andistyr.github.io/wu-map/#castel-gandolfo), and we were planning to make a canal from there: andistyr.github.io/wu-map/#2723_924. When I saw your post, I thought that maybe we could help you with your project and then make another canal that would start here: andistyr.github.io/wu-map/#2995_1333, its end would be somewhere around our village. Would you like us to help you? There are two of us, we started playing two months ago.
We planned to make an underground tunnel. Then we saw your post and started to think that maybe we could make a surface canal. Seems like a lot of work though. What do you think? Does this sound possible?
Surface canal is possible, will definitely take some time. My deedmates and I just carved out a decent area on our deed (digging and surface mining.)
It's definitely ambitious, but doable. The most important thing is 1) getting permission to demolish a highway section but 2) immediately replace it with a bridge. There's at least 5 points of roadway that will be affected as such.
I'm totally down for it, I believe some of my deedmates will be. I'd like to finish the existing unfinished canal to the lake, then do the yellow connection you've drawn in, and finally northward through the desert.
Would like to suggest doing boat tunnels instead of canals. Looks like the areas you are planning to work in are current hunting grounds for many people. I know I personally don't stay on roads while hunting and would hate to be blocked off by a deep canal
2-16-2019 [22:15:40] Digging increased by 0.000008 to 100.000000