Manual Labor

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I decided that I needed a change of scenery and my friend Vincent, in Arvada, Colorado, needed a fence built, so I loaded up the van, along with Trudi, Bill and Bromont and headed out to the mountains. I looked at the weather and it looked like it was going to be perfect fence building temperatures, 50’s, maybe even lower 60’s. I guess I missed the single digits and 4 inches of snow, which started last night and still continues, though it is tapering off.

The snow is going to put a damper on the time frame. The dig safe guy had already came out and marked, but now it is all covered with snow. So, I guess it is waiting game, or maybe a snow shoveling game, shovelling on grass and rock, which isn’t much fun. The lumber guy just called and is delivering the materials in an hour, so I have to scoot to go shovel the driveway at Vincent’s new house.

I brought my road bike and the temperatures still look good after today, so I’m sure the roads will melt pretty quickly and we’ll be able to ride up Lookout Mtn. etc. pretty soon.

It is only January and I “enjoyed” the digging in rock to put in one steel pole so much, I thought a little real manual labor would do me some good. I have a good set of blisters on my right hand already, so I’m going to have to be careful. Ripping calluses off is one of my least favorite things.

Sometimes working through construction allows your mind to mull over bigger issues and everything becomes more clear, even though you’re not specifically thinking about any one issue. I’m hoping that is the case here. I feel a little direction-less right now, but as I wrote above, it is only January. Alright, I need to get moving. My van sucks in the snow.

Just doing the blue sections.  Doesn't look so bad on paper, but it isn't as easy as it seems.

Just doing the blue sections. Doesn’t look so bad on paper, but it isn’t as easy as it seems.

Took me two hours to dig this one hole manually. It's barely 20 inches, but in rock.

Took me two hours to dig this one hole manually. It’s barely 20 inches, but in rock.

Not sure this is going to stop the dumping, but it's the best I've got right now.

Not sure this is going to stop the dumping, but it’s the best I’ve got right now.

Finished product.

Finished product.

My hands didn't like it much though.

My hands didn’t like it much though.

Woke to this morning.

Woke to this morning.

Pretty good after today.

Pretty good after today.

Nice views while working.

5 thoughts on “Manual Labor

  1. Terri Thater

    No comment about Cadel’s demolition of the field at Tour Down Under? We haven’t seen an attack like that since Lance’s glory days. PEDs and Och still go together like birds of a feather…

  2. Jon

    Once your finished in Arvada, you can head just south to Castle Rock, I need a fence as well. A few more feet in elevation, and tons of country roads to ride!!!


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