Joe Riding the Bull Dozer to Charge the Battery

Saturday May 28, 2016 Guerneville CA.

Dozer battery needs charged up

Our bulldozer sits up in the hills parked and slowly the battery goes dead, so it needs charging once in awhile. Now I could bring it home and put it on the charger, but that’s no fun.

So instead, I go up and run the dozer around our roads a bit, mostly pushing downed trees off the roads, so that’s what was planned for the day.

Getting things together

I sat around this morning planning and getting what I needed to do the job onto the quad runner I was going to ride up on. I needed a grease gun, so I got that and a rag and I needed a hammer and nails to put a water line higher in a tree that’s been sagging a bit.

When I thought I had everything I needed I headed on up that way along this road. Some foxgloves are blooming.roadup

 

Greased her up but no earplugs

When I got to where the dozer was parked I greased it up and was looking for my ear plugs as the dozer is a bit noisy, especially the squeaking tracks. But I had forgotten them and remembered they were on my computer desk. I was about to ride home to get them when I decided to be resourceful. I checked for my pocket knife, but I didn’t’ have it, so what to do.

Make some

I thought some little sticks might do the job, I needed to make them big enough so they wouldn’t get pushed into my ears and short too, or I figured I’ve have other problems.

So I looked around for a little stick about the right size and found a small hole in the metal on the tractor to push the stick in to break it off short.

It took a few tries, but eventually I got these which worked out ok and knocked out the worst squeaks at least.

These are my improvised ear plugs.earplugs

 

Start up the dozer

The dozer started right up so I headed down the hill to the water tanks pushing trees off the road when I ran into them.

I made it to the water tanks and stopped for a drink of water at the tanks overfill pipe.tanks

 

Drink at the water tanks

I got a drink here at the tanks overfill pipe.water

 

I continued on down and across the creek and started up the hill again and cleared off these little trees.trees

 

Further up the road I ran into this bigger tree mess which the dozer made short work of.tree

 

I continued on up the road until I was at a level near where I’d parked the quad runner.road

 

A little walk

I parked the dozer and walked about a half a mile to the quad runner and hopped on that and rode on down the hill.

Boy was I pooped out

Once home I realized I was pretty pooped out, so I napped for a bit, but that didn’t help much as far as being pooped.

I moved some of the brush from the tree I fell yesterday in the yard and did some planning on more yard projects.

Which means I mostly just sat around the yard the rest of the day, doing what I call chair hopping.

That was my day.

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Beans, a Dozer, A Tractor and Another Video of the Biologists and the Cows

Friday May 27, 2016 Guerneville CA.

Some shopping first

I needed to go do some shopping today, so I did that first thing. I stopped at my friend Joe’s on the way home and chatted with him for a bit. He was doing some fence work in his garden.

I went on home from there and had a nap as I was having trouble getting it going today.

Jumped on the quad runner

Later I got on the quad runner and went over to see what my brother Tom was doing in his garden. I found him and my other brother Barry picking fava beans in the garden.beans

 

I chatted with them a bit then drove on up to our water tanks and turned the other springs into our tanks, so now we have about twelve gallons of water a minute.

I continued on up the road which looked like this.road

 

Checked the oil

I was headed to where our bulldozer is parked as I wanted to check the transmission oil level.dozer

 

The oil level was good which is interesting as we had a slow leak, but it seems to have stopped. I plan to start the dozer this weekend and run it to charge the battery up, so that looks good to go.

More naps.

Moved some rock

Later I noticed my brother’s tractor parked in the yard so it seemed like a good time to move some of the rock they got when they drilled our well a year ago.

I scooped up the rock here by the well.wellrock

 

And put it here in a low spot in the driveway.roadrock

 

A little shovel and rake work and it looked like this.rockfill

 

After that, I moped around a bit thinking I should go down for an evening kayak, but just couldn’t get that together.

Another video of the biologists and the cows

So instead I worked on another video of the biologists and the cows from the other day.

Here’s the video on YouTube.

Biologists and the Cows

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That’s it for me today.

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