Of course, like many manual labor jobs this job has its particular hazards, and strict procedures for reducing, if not eliminating those hazards. Periodically we will have to assist in the movement of the largest power cord any of us will every handle.....a 4 phase 440/480 volt power cord that supplies electrical current to the piling station equipment we will be working around. Based on the clothing and safety equipment we saw being worn in the video at more than one worksite, we will look like a couple of ragamuffins. Everyone looked quite bundled up against the cold.
Our assigned worksite will be Sugar Valley about 12 miles from our campsite, and is actually located just over, and I mean just barely over, the border of North Dakota. Our shift will be from 6 am to 6 pm daily for as long as the harvest takes.....typically not longer than 3 weeks. Below is a satellite view of the piling station.....just across the border from Fairview, MT (see the little red marker with an "A" in it).
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Much like a lot of small towns in this part of the country on a Sunday, a lot of stores were closed. The only hardware store open was at the CENEX gas station just up the street. I've never seen a hardware store as part of a gas station, but it was a very nice hardware store, and they have a wonderful selection of work gloves, which is why we were there. We didn't buy any gloves on this visit, but once we get a better idea on Thursday what type of gloves are recommended for our job we will return.
We stopped at the local IGA (Independent Grocers Association) where TLE stocked up on a few more staples, and I bought a couple of small six packs of Snap-E Tom's Tomato & Chile Cocktail. It's hard to find, but the IGA's always seem to have it.
We arrived back "home" around 2:30 and I spent the rest of the afternoon/evening watching football, and getting my beauty rest.....in about a week we will be getting up at 4, or 4:30 and going to work by 6.
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