|Drove this tractor, pulling the orange grain cart, shown 3 pics down, for a bit.|
|rebuilt a concrete block wall that someone had run into with a tractor many years ago...|
|Jacked up, then replaced, a lot of rotted support posts that hold up the roof in the red mechanical shed|
|The orange grain cart is used to haul soybeans/corn/grain from the field, where it's harvested by the combine, back to the farm. Then it's transferred to a larger truck to take it to the grain elevator in town.|
|next trip up there I'm going to work on winterizing the old farmhouse. I'll stay there while I work. Wood stove, running water, electricity, a basic toilet - don't need much more!|
Update: I went back up and did a lot more work. Really enjoyed myself.
About the only pictures I have of the work I did are of the new electrical service (the wires that go from a main panel up the side of the house to connect to the wires coming from the pole) and a new main electrical panel. This took the place of the old wires and fuses which seemed really fragile and frayed.
|The old wire, with it's service cap hanging down, is on the left. The new cable is on the right.|
|My dad did almost all of the combining.|
|I'd drive the truck the 15 miles, back and forth, to the elevator where the grain was stored until a decision is made to sell it.|
|The elevator had long lines as everyone was bringing in grain at the same time. I'd usually have to wait an hour or two to unload.|
|The truck holds about 600 bushels, or roughly 30,000 lbs of either corn or soybeans.|
|Spent a lot of time driving this old truck. It had a hard time making it up the hills when loaded. We finished at about 4am the last night. Had to get the corn off the field and into the elevator before a big snow storm hit.|
The whole thing felt like being in the middle of a science fiction movie. A lot of natural beauty punctuated by giant industrial machines and facilities. There's a kind of crazy logic behind everything.