Friday, December 4, 2020

Rising to the occasion.......

 8:24 am - Friday - December 4th - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 71% humidity, wind 15 mph ut of the east....clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 56° F.  On this date in 2012 we had set up our first Christmas tree as nomads in Campbellsville, KY at Amazon......↴


.....a video view from this morning......↴

Thursday was 'burn pile' day.  Greg wanted to get an early start on it so I met him at 9 am to drive up the hill in the golf cart.  We were hoping after 5 days of virtually no rain that it would not be too hard to get the pile burning, but we were wrong.  It took the better part of an hour to get her burning steadily.....




....I actually stayed on until 11:30 am when Blake replaced me as Greg's assistant (there needs to be at least two people there at all times) as it takes several hours to burn, and then you have to be sure it is completely extinguished before you leave.  

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After changing clothes I decided to attach the bike rack using the new, modified riser I wrote about a couple of days previously......


.....with this new setup I gain three advantages.....1) the rack is now 4" higher off the ground than it was previously when I plugged it directly into the 1.25" receiver on the VW....2) I can insert more of the bike rack shaft into the 2" receiver than I was with the 1.25" receiver, and 3) the rack sets back from the rear bumper a few more inches making it possible to open the hatch without removing the bikes......


.....the bike rack (1 Up USA) comes from the factory setup for the 1.25" receiver, so an adapter, which they provide, must be attached to the 1.25" shaft to adapt it to the 2" receiver.  Some might inquire as to why I didn't buy a 1.25" adapter with a 1.25" receiver......well, I was not able to find one online.  Maybe there is one, I don't know....


Now the bike rack is a few inches further from the bumper

Much better ground clearance with the 4" riser

......all that remains is to put the bikes on the rack and see how the modified adapter performs....I'll worry about that another day!  I also took time to repair the male plug connection on one of my strings of LED lights, and got them working again....have I told you how hard this salt air climate is on electrical things?

The daylight portion of the days here are quite short this time of year, and they will continue to get shorter for a couple more weeks, so by the time I was finished putting away the bike rack, and my tools we only had an hour of 'light' left in our dreary, overcast day.  There was no sunset due to the heavy, late afternoon overcast.

TLE and I spent the evening watching two more Hallmark Christmas movies, and shedding a few more tears....man, those movies are really cathartic, right?

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