...All for the want of a nail...
Yesterday I woke up feeling like I had been beaten by a band of Gorillas. I decided to wait on going to mow for a bit. I had to be at the train station at 8 to get Steph and Heath so there were no hurries.
When I finally felt more flexible I headed off to mow.
I got to Grady's shop and got started. I made two laps around the yard, and then mowed the culvert. I can mow straight over the end of the pipes with the deck, and then make a hard turn to keep the back wheel from slamming down in the hole. It works pretty good.
Well, this time I went over the pipe, made my hard turn, and came down in the ditch. Then the steering yoke was no longer turning the tire. I got off and found
The steering cable was broken. When I got Delilah I thought that would be a weak point. I was right.
It took me about 15 minutes to Delilah out of the ditch. I had to turn the tire, get on the mower, and drive forward till the tire needed to be turned again. The way the mower is set up it will no steer if someone is not on the seat. There isn't enough weight to make contact with the ground.
I still didn't have any tools. I took the one end of the cable I could get off, and I drove down to the guy I sell my batteries to. He had two wrenches I borrowed and I headed back.
Once I got the other side off I knew there was going to be no making a new one. I took the wrenches back, and called Graham to come help.
While I waited for him, I looked for a cable online. I found exactly 1. Exactly one for $80. Ouch. Well, cheaper than a new mower.
Once he (and his wife)was there I backed the trailer as close as I could get it to the mower, set up the ramps, and got things lined up. Graham got on the mower and I turned the tire.
He wasn't able to hear me telling him to slow down and drove the back tire off the ramp I use for it. There is no lifting the back of that thing, It weighs a ton. I went and sat on the deck and it picked the back end up and he drove it on the trailer the rest of the way.
On the way home we stopped at the RO BBQ truck and got dinner.
Back home we went to their house and ate. It was good.
After dinner, Graham and I went to my house. We fired up Gertie and moved a swing set I got for scrap. When we got down the hill with it Gertie started to stutter, I looked at the fuel gauge and immediately shut her down. She was empty.
We got the diesel can and a funnel and put a couple of gallons in her. She started, but was no happy. I left her to run for a while.
We charged the AC on his truck. It has a leaking high side pressure fitting. With the cap on it seemed to stop leaking. If it needs it, it is an easy fix.
Gertie smoothed out finally, and I shut her off.
When that was done I left for Charlotte.
I made one stop at Harbor Freight, and one at a gas station for more Gatorade. I had drank 2 gallons and was still thirsty.
On the interstate I found this genius idea.
I may have to install one of my truck.
The train was late. I sent Steph a text that I was in the parking lot, and to let me know when they got there.
Then it started to rain.
Eventually there was hail, and strong winds, and lots of lightening. I thought there was going to be a tornado.
It let up a bit just as the train got there. I collected them and we headed off.
Then the storm really got bad.
Just outside the station, the police, and the Transit Authority had the road blocked.We thought it was a tree down, and detoured around it.
We never got over 30 on the interstate. I finally pulled off at an exit. The only thing open was Hooters so we went in to wait out the storm and eat. I am sure they enjoyed the 300 pound man who had been outside in the sun for hours.
The storm finally relented and we headed for home.
The dogs nearly came out of their skin when Steph got out of the truck.
I got online for a little while and found out why the storm was so bad. Two storm cells had collided and formed a super storm.
The road block in Charlotte was not for a downed tree. The road was under 4 feet of water. Two cars were trapped in it, but the occupants were all rescued.
I woke up this morning more sore than I was yesterday.