Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Helper Dude earned his pay yesterday. He drove up on his big tractor and started work on the downed tree again. The tractor was necessary to haul branches the size of small trees to the burn pile, trip after trip up the hill. I needn't have worried about the wheels digging ruts, as dragging the branches behind smoothed the tracks and swept away the snow at the same time. It was a live oak that had dropped so there were plenty of leaves to act like a broom. There will be plenty of work in the future with the rest of the tree, but for now the drive is clear and the broken fence pieces are out of the way. I now have a very impressive burn pile, another job for another day.
I'd previously talked to HD about splitting some of the large rounds into usable firewood. As he had the time and inclination, he tackled that next and I've now got another third of a cord stacked and plenty more rounds in the stack. We're due for maybe five days of sunshine, so I'll let it air dry before putting it under a tarp. Good job, Helper Dude.
The day before, when the tree went down and there was so much snow on the drive, I'd taken the truck down as far as I could on my side and HD had brought his Jeep up on his so we could go to Mt. Aukum to get feed. I'd had to put the truck in four-wheel drive to keep from sliding down and to get enough traction to back up on the hill. Yesterday was trash day, but I couldn't get the truck out of 4WD-Lo. Aarrgh. Bess and I crept down the road, me pushing buttons as we went. Finally the danged truck shifted, but it continued to steer like a tank. What now? Had I been leaking steering fluid or what? I put in a call to the little auto shop in Mt. Aukum and the nice man explained the mechanism and how to fix the problem. FYI, you can shift into 4WD-Hi on the fly (while driving), but you must be stopped to put it into 4WD-Lo, which I had not done. Tomorrow, I need to put the truck in neutral and then push the button. Note to self: file this information in the memory bank for future use.