I rolled out of bed around 8:20 this morning, not really rarin’ to go, but enough to get moving. I finished packing up some odds and ends, woke up the wife and said goodbyes.
I had forgotten about the trailer tailgate. I had taken it off when my helper was helping me unload (remember why I came down?). It’s kind of a bear to install by self as the hinge pins must enter their holders at the same time. The gate is bulky for one, and I figured a way to use a milk crate to support it while lining up the hinge pins.
However, I was not to install the gate for the trip back as even though the gate is full of holes, it still has considerable drag.
I just laid it in the trailer, and used the tie downs to hold it in place. It actually trails nicely. I made the 287 mile trip in 4 1/2 hours, stopping once for gas.
When I left McAllen, it was foggy, and I drove through fog all the way to the Border Patrol checkpoint. It was still cloudy, and stayed that way until I got to the ranch.
The yard guy expressed interest in buying the trailer when I was ready to sell. He also suggested strongly that I lock it up. Way ahead of him. I use a hardened lock for the ball lock, another one to lock up the safety chains around the elevator handle, and a heavy cable that I run through the wheel and around the leaf spring.
So now I plan for the next load. I dread doing the sofa sleeper, but the wife insists on it. Dang! I paid 4 guys to load and unload that damn thing, and now I’ll have to do it again. Damn thing is costing a fortune. Now the wife hinted that she wants to put it in my TV room. NFW.
Whatever I do bring down, it’ll have to be something I can do without for the remainder of my time here.
I’m going to try something drastic; I’m seriously considering telling the wife I ain’t coming back until the cat is gone for good. I know it’s risky, but I kinda have her over a barrel. If the cat was here, it would just disappear one day, and the buzzards would have a change of menu.
the wife texted me saying she is not feeling well…she ran out of Zanex. Prescription is not due until Thursday.
It’ll be a long week for her.