Off Grid...Chapter 118
Today's story is about the last of our paving job and an old lot we have.
As you know we started slowly paving the driveway for the past 2 years. We have done small sections at a time so we didn't have heart failure over the price Now we are finally to the last section
The fun begins. Today the paving crew is here to start working on our driveway. We are having it paved just until the pond/barn area. We aren't paving the rest because we don't want it torn up by the cow people when the bring in the big hay and cattle trucks.
We also got a call form Jimmy. our grader who has been occupied with a another big job this year. He is finally able to get equipment onto our lot to start working. Of course we have both different crews working at the same time so Mike and I will have to oversee 2 jobs in 2 different locations at the same time.
The graders start out by tearing up our old gravel and getting down to the base of our road. Mike asked them to make sure "this" time that our drive is slightly sloped towards one side of the road so the water run off will go into the spouts and not wash out the end of our drive.
They are here for the day just prepping the drive. The drive is marked and ready for asphalt which will happen tomorrow.
The paving crew is here and waiting for the asphalt truck. Mike and I go to the lot to check on the progress. The lot is lower than the road so we are having Randy cut into the back hill and make the front part the same height as the road. Unfortunately we have to take down a lot of trees....more firewood for others. We have plenty
Randy pushing a tree down with the track hoe. The power of these machines amazes me.
Moving a tree down the hill.
Lot is getting cleared.
OK..time to get back home. I see the asphalt truck
First truck of asphalt is down.
They go back to get another truck load.
Back at the farm the guys are ready. The asphalt is unloaded from the truck and onto the paver.
The father is on the paver and steering while the 2 guys on the back of the paver control the depth and width of the asphalt being dumped out.
Moving right along and almost done with laying out the asphalt.
Then one of the guys tamp down the edges.
They make it to the end with an extra 40 feet of paving...we'll take any extra Once they are at the end they have to hand roll that part of the drive.
While they were finishing up the cows came down to cool off, lol.
They let the pavement cool down a bit and then roll out the rest of it.
The paving is done
Now we just have to wait for them to come back to do the curbs.
The lot is taking much longer to do but it is almost cleared.
The big logs being loaded up.
We also got some cool boulders to bring back home..unfortunatley one of them fell in the middle of the driveway. The good thing is it wasn't on the fresh pavement
Mike's new boulders in place. He is very happy about them.
The lot is done being graded.
Mike and I put down 150 pounds of grass seed and we installed some gates.
That's all for now. We now have some smaller jobs to accomplish for the rest of the Summer and Fall. Then it's time to hibernate I hope you enjoyed our story.