I figured today warranted a thread of it's own.
It has been a very interesting and eventful day
Once we got close to Grafton, we took a VERY scenic route to make the final 'push' to Grafton. It followed the Mississippi and was a nice drive.
We got to Grafton around 4:00 this afternoon (EDST), and following the seller's advice, we parked in front of the Grafton Winery, and unloaded the HDT. To do that however, we had to unload the hydro angle plow as well.
The seller had been down to St. Louis for an appointment, and pulled up just after we got the tractor off the trailer, so everyone's timing was just right.
When he told me that it was up a hill, and behind the house, I wasn't expecting the hill to be as steep as it was! Nor, was I expecting the other slope that I was going to have to navigate that went behind the house to where the Earthcavator was sitting. It was steeper that the street was, and was wet grass too boot. You will see how steep in the pics and vid I'll be posting.
When I saw the Earthcavator, I knew we had a problem! The seller wasn't real knowledgable about GTs, and he said it was a 3-pt. It isn't.
It mounts with pins and has a lift arm. I'm HOPING that it will fit the tube frames. If not I'll just list it on eBay. I really hope I don't have to do that as this one is in REALLY nice original condition.
Anyway, we now had the problem of how to get it down to the trailer as it wasn't just a matter of connecting it to the 3-pt. We managed to 'hang' it on the 3-pt lift arms with #2 son's helping to keep it from rubbing on the tires, I backed up the wet steep, grassy hill, and then proceeded to the street and then down the hill, where we dropped it, loaded it, the tractor, and the front blade and got it all tied down.
I gotta say, I'm DANGED glad that I had the Anclas, the Rim Guard, and the BIG wheel weights, or it would have never climbed that grassy hill. As it was, I just backed up with absolutely no wheel slippage at all. I had it in low range and that worked perfectly.
After all the 'excitement' of getting up and down the hill, we were ready to head out. We had decided to stay in an actual campground tonight, and the seller recommended a State Park that was just a couple of miles up the road. Off we went, only to find that it was a very nice place, but unfortunately, it didn't have pull through sites. So, we searched for an alternate, found one and plugged in it's location on the GPS and set off.
Now this GPS is designed for motorhomes and trucks, and it stores your length, width, height, weight, and even takes into consideration a trailer and it's length, and routes you accordingly. It won't send you to an over pass that you can't fit under, or over a bridge that has a load restriction, etc.
Much to our consternation, it was routing us to a FERRY! Well, we decided to trust it, and when we got there found that it had a 30 TON weight limit and we are nowhere near that heavy
So we drove on, and waited for them to collect the fare, and they didn't. Evidently that particular ferry is run by the State of Il. Anyway by the time we started crossing, it was almost dark and there was fog forming over the river. Really a neat trip.
Once we got to the other side, it turned out that we had to drive to ANOTHER ferry, which crossed the Mississippi. The drive to it was on narrow roads with no markings. Not to mention that it was full dark by this time, and misting rain. It was quite the adventure.
Now the problems happened. Somehow the GPS and MS Streets and trips could not find the campground. We eventually gave up, and we are now in, you guessed it, yet another Wal Mart parking lot in O'Fallon Mo.
One good thing though is that I just pumped 65 gallons of gas at... $2.83/Gal
Ok, now that I've bored you with the details here are a LOT of pics that the boys took while I was on the tractor. I'll post the vids after they get uploaded. I'll note that on the way up, I had it in low range and the hydro pedal to the floor. That's max speed in low range
Edited by OldBuzzard, October 31, 2013 - 12:24 AM.