Friday, September 3, 2021

Spreading gravel once again.....

 7:57 am - Friday - September 3rd - Seal Rock, OR - 45° F, 100% humidity, wind - CALM.....clear, blue, sunny skies today with a forecast high of 63° F.  On this date in 2014 we were in Cape Blanco, OR (lighthouse) getting ready to open a bottle of wine, and watch the sun set.....↴

For the first time in a couple of months I returned to spreading gravel.....this time in sites 9, and 23.  Site 9 was blocked for a couple of days, but site 23 had an incoming customer on Thursday, so I started there.  In all I spent four hours hauling bucket load after bucket load of gravel to each site, and then raking it all smooth.  Site #9 was already pretty level, so the gravel I spread there was more of a cosmetic touch.  I had barely finished my work on site 23 when the expected customer arrived...whew, that was close!  I hauled my tools (shovel, rock rake, 8 foot 2 x 4 and level) back to the landscape shed in the Massey-Ferguson bucket, and then drove the loader back up NW Cross Street to the barn.  I was home a tad after 2 pm.

After a brief respite I headed out to the 'garage' to reassemble our hitch.  It didn't take long as there were only those two, large grade 8 bolts to tie the two pieces of heavy iron back together.....

She's ready to do the heavy lifting again....

.....assembled the hitch weighs in at 40 lbs., and is quite a load to carry around.  I decided not to reinsert it into the receiver hitch until a day, or two before we depart Seal Rock.  I've still got work to do on the tongue of the trailer (repaint with black Rustoleum), and the safety chains which have a year's worth of surface rust accumulation on them.

As I wrote previously, I ordered the 4 Dexter electric brake assemblies through Amazon (free shipping), and they should be here before the 8th.  Once they are installed, and I'm finished with the trailer tongue, and chains the 2007 American trailer will be read to roll again for the first time in a year.

Around mid afternoon the fog unexpectedly rolled inland, and SRRVC was enveloped in a cloud of moisture, and mist for the rest of the day, and into the evening.  We're expecting/hoping for sun again on Friday.....hope, hope, hope!

We've got a lot more to do in the next 4 weeks, so we better get to it!  Thanks for stopping by!

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