Thursday, October 14, 2021

One last task......

7:10 am - Thursday - October 14th - Coupeville, WA - 50° F, 74% humidity, wind 11 mph out of the southeast.....overcast and drizzly this morning with a forecast high today of 55° F.  Today is departure day so we will not be experiencing that high....we'll be somewhere near Yakima, WA by late this afternoon.  On this date in 2017 TLE and I arrived at Downata Hot Springs in Idaho to soak in their hot pools for a few days.....↴


Since we had postponed our departure from Wednesday to Thursday I decided to, at Bob's request, do some work with the JD 830B on the gravel road which we use to enter Bob's property, but before I did that I spent about an hour organizing the trailer for VW insertion.

From organizing the trailer I poured 10 gallons of diesel into the JD 830B to top off her tank, then made my way over to the corner of the gravel road to shave a few feet off the corner making it easier for us to extract the trailer from her current position.....


....the picture above is a kind of 'before' picture of the corner where the rocks are in the right foreground.  We needed to round off that corner to make it easier to take the trailer out.....


.....the picture below shows the trailer, and how it must be pulled around that corner to the left and then up the hill....the rounded corner will make that easier than in the past.....




.....I first had to move all those rocks you see in the picture above (the picture above is of the finished product) to the opposite side of the road, then shave a few feet off the corner, grade it, then move the rocks back.....

The video

.....TLE was kind enough to take some video of me moving the rocks back to the corner after I finished grading the slope, and spreading some gravel on the fresh dirt.  In all it took me several hours to do the work, but I think it turned out well, plus I became more familiar with the operation of the backhoe.  It is actually more intuitive than the backhoe attachment on the Massey-Ferguson.  By the time I finished putting the JD 830B away, and the tools I used to grade the slope I was beat.  I took quite a long hot shower, then took a nap.  

We spent a couple of hours down at the house saying our 'until next times' to Bob, Karen, and their adult daughter Lori, and were back home by 9 pm thinking about our departure on Thursday, and what still needed to be done  We laughed a lot as we always do.  We will return, God willing the the river don't rise, late spring 2022.....next summer will be  blast!

Thursday we will haul anchor and begin our week long trek back to SoCal and a much warmer climate....thanks for stopping by!

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