As y'all have probably figured out, the reason we had stopped in Hamburg, NY was to pick up some 'goodies' that Brian had for Jerome.
We stayed overnight, and after a bit of PM and Phone tag we got all of that arranged, and bright and early in the morning Brian showed with with said 'goodies'.
Didn't get to talk to Brian all that much as it was a bit on the 'cool' side and we were busy getting everything loaded up. He's a nice YOUNG man, (well at my age danged near everyone is 'young' ) and I'd like to visit with him at length some time.
As 'no good deed goes unpunished', loading up Jerome's stuff posed a problem, as there wasn't any room left over for Rick's 2-stage caster
That made a change of plans necessary, so we decided to head directly for home, off load at least Jerome's dump bed, and the transporter body, then double back to pick up the caster.
Pretty soon that looked like even that wasn't going to happen as we ran into this.
Which didn't seem to faze the State Road Crews, as they were busy MOWING in the middle of it!
Of course, snowflakes tend to bring out the 'stupid' in some folks, as this Mustang driver proved.
You can bet that the State Trooper was NOT happy to having to slog through all that mud, and I'm guessing that the Mustang driver got an earful along with a ticket or two and a nice big tow bill
Pretty soon it got a bit heavier and we saw that the snow plows were out.
After that, it tapered off to nothing, so we breathed a sigh of relief, and figured that we would be home in plenty of time to get unloaded and go get the caster.
Well, that proved to be a bit premature, as just as we were coming into the East side of Cleveland we ran into THIS!
I told the wife, that I danged sure wasn't going to be off loading anything in that stuff, and that I guess we'd have to call the fella with the caster and postpone the pickup.
However, it turned out that it was just a narrow band that was blowing off of the lake, and just as we got a bit West, everything cleared up, and when we got home it was sunny and dry
So I fired up the Forklift, off loaded the dump bed and transporter, and off we went to get the caster.
It was pretty much perfect timing, as the fella with the caster didn't get home until 4:30, and we got there at around 4:45.
Loading the caster was pretty easy as he had it strapped to a pallet, and used his Cub Cadet Compact with a backhoe to just swing it over the side, after I dropped the tailgate.
Now, I know that folks have said that the 2-stage caster is big, but DANG, I didn't think that they were THAT big. Those puppies aren't big...they are HUGE! Even IF I wouldn't have had Jerome's stuff, even with just the 1886 and transporter body on the trailer it wouldn't have fit, so in the end, the good deed for Jerome ended up being a good thing.
Anyway, since I have my camera now, the other pics are ones that the wife took, here's a few pics of the 1886, Jerome's reel mowers, and Rick's caster.
Jerome PMed me and he may be coming down this weekend to get his goodies. I hope so, as I'll put him to work helping to off load all of this stuff, and maybe loading up some other stuff for my trip to St. Louis which we will be starting on Monday. Shucks, I'll even let him run the Forklift and the HDT1000 a bit
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