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Old 07-06-2015, 09:15 PM   #151
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haha.. thanks folks! That disco ball is the first step to us opening that '70s club we've always dreamed of
I'm still looking for the pine cone that resembles Morgan Freeman
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:30 PM   #152
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I thought that was a pineapple that resembled Morgan. Darn, now I'm more confused.
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:45 PM   #153
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I thought that was a pineapple that resembled Morgan. Darn, now I'm more confused.
you're thinking Johnny Depp!
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:21 AM   #154
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Not much has been done to the bus for the past couple months, but we sure have been using it a lot!

In July we did a trip down around Harbor Springs, Michigan for Blissfest (which was awesome!), then toured down to Lansing to visit some family and pick up a load of roofing metal and a trailer that's been down there waiting for us. It was much heavier than I had expected, but the bus pulled it just dandy!
1000km (621 miles) without any problems; half of that with several thousand pounds of steel following behind. The whole trip only cost about $50 in diesel to top it off. I had a bunch of fuel from my Grandmother's old oil burning furnace which cut down the fuel bill significantly. WVO is still in the works, but I've got bigger fish to fry right now...

Like building a bridge!


We scored some free "shelving" from a farm we're working with. It was given to them by a marine that used to store boats for the winter. I've seen operations use it around here. They use big fork lifts to put boats on these shelves; typically up to 3 tall. Here are some of the pieces tagging along behind Armageddon. We did it in two loads because we didn't want it to be so high that our poor ratchet straps wouldn't be able to hold it in place.


And here is the future location of our bridge:



We're making 2 girders by bolting 6 of them together and welding the butts. Here's a picture of one of the assembled girders. They will be hung upright for maximum strength.




Got one across using creative winching and the help of the neighbour and a friend! Thanks Tyler and Devin (Tyler not seen in photo)!


We'll be back at it next week. This week is for computer work (boring).
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Old 08-05-2015, 07:05 AM   #155
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:04 PM   #156
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Sweet man, your living the dream in the woods.

Any fish in that stream?

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Old 08-05-2015, 12:39 PM   #157
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Looks like you're setting up a Bailey Bridge
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Old 08-07-2015, 03:59 PM   #158
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Sweet man, your living the dream in the woods.

Any fish in that stream?

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No, just minnows. The stream is too volatile. Normally it's a nice 1 foot deep flow. Right now it's down to a couple inches, thanks to the beaver dam upstream, which I haven't got around to pulling yet. At least 3 times a year it goes up to 6 feet deep. Actually, if I wait long enough the water will eventually wash that dam away.

There are many lakes within a 15-20 minute dirt bike ride that provide fantastic fishing, though. Lots of lake trout and pickerel. Good eatin'!

Speaking of wildlife, we've had two visitors lately. One is a fat and pesky black bear that has been attempting to get into everything and anything. He's been showing up in the very early mornings; 3am today. I've got to give this fella credit where it's due: he's smart. The other day we came home and everything that LOOKED like a cooler was turned upside down. We didn't have any food out, but he knocked over a rubber maid container with shoes and boots; one with clean pots and pans..

This morning at 7am I woke up to the dogs barking out the bus door. To my surprise there was a young bull moose (1 foot long antlers or so) standing in the driveway staring us down! I have been seeing his scat all through the property, but this was our first face-to-face. I woke Erin up to take a look, since she has never seen a moose, but by then he was wandering down the road. We ran out to the road and watched him trot out of site.
I didn't even think to grab my camera... wish I would have.

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Looks like you're setting up a Bailey Bridge
Actually, we're building more of a glorified deck. The decking will all go on top of the girders, instead of having the girders on the side like a bailey bridge. This way we can have the girders directly under the tires as we go across. Also, we don't have enough free steel to build the lower cross members for a bailey bridge That would require some hefty I-beams and they ain't cheap!
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Old 08-08-2015, 02:38 PM   #159
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I'm so going to come visit you one day.

Sound like your living my dream with the fishing, bears, and living in the woods.

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