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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 6/10/2017

Well okay, that's a bit overly dramatic.  But it turns out I started looking at the gravel road situation (noted briefly last post) pretty much at the last minute.

Since I didn't have my pickup truck anymore and I hadn't tried to borrow one, so I figured I'd just fill 5-gallon buckets and basically do "spot work" as needed along the wrong.  I knew I couldn't do everything but I could at least work on the worst spots, and over time (so I figured) I'd be able shore up/mitigate several of the worst spots.  

So I rounded up 8 buckets from around the garage and stopped by the gravel place.  One of the reasons I really love these guys is that they let me do "hand loads"....basically I don't need to have them dump a ton of gravel anywhere, I can load them by hand.  Of course that's a bit more work but it's straightforward enough, and other than being careful about lifting heavy stuff (I may or may not have strayed from my doc's orders a little bit there) it's easy enough to do.   When I got into the counter to pay they were very happy to see me and had many questions about why I was out of pocket for the first half of the year--and then I got the bad news.  Turns out the yard was going 100% commercial right after the Fourth of July, and that meant I wouldn't be able to get gravel there any more

Well dang!  That put a kink into things a bit.  Not only would I have to locate a different gravel yard (which would definitely a longer drive), but I'd gotten a good rapport with these guys that was all going to go away!  Smeg.

Ah well, not much to be done about it I guess.  All I can do between now and July is to get gravel any time I can and focus on the worst sections of the road.  Hopefully I'll find a different gravel site later on....

So anyway, addressed one section this afternoon at rid of a bad dip in the road.  There's more to be done, but at least it's a start.

Sucks about the gravel yard though.  I liked that place.

Steven in Colorado

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