We begin where we left off…the trailer merrily, yet slowly moving down the road. For some reason, Mr. Fifty Shades and I felt compelled to follow it down our country lane, despite the fact that it had left our driveway. Good-by, Trailer! The crew had arrived at 9:15 a.m. and now it was about 12:15 p.m. and all was well. Tra-la-la.
But, as the road narrowed (almost beyond our property line) the driver tried to avoid a rock wall on the south side of the road. We watched in horror as the long, long trailer’s wheels dropped over an embankment and the trailer settled on its axles and frame, teetering over the creek on the north side of the road.
At this point, the road is completely blocked. No vehicles can come past or leave. The crew assessed the situation and knew they had to leave to obtain materials and support. They immediately left and soon returned with the necessary reinforcements and a plan of action.
While one man got into the ditch and started erecting a support system to carry the weight of the trailer, another man began putting jacks and blocks under the trailer in order to lift the trailer so as to build the next layer of supports under the jacks and lift the trailer higher to get the right wheels level with the road. Of course, it rained – a real gullywasher for about 20 minutes. Progress was slow, but steady.
Father and Son working on the problem – using pulleys around a cedar tree to lift the trailer up from the ditch.
Upright now, but over a foot above the ditch – they need to move the trailer sideways to firmer ground.
The consultants, brought in from summer vacation, work out the details of the plan.
It was nerve wracking to watch but also amazing to witness the calm and patience of the man leading the effort. Even though this was one of the longest days of the year, darkness arrived too soon. When it was not safe to work anymore, the crew called it quits for the evening and left about 9:30 p.m. They had been at it over 12 hours and they had worked so hard.
This morning, the crew arrived back ready to tackle the challenge once again. Methodically they worked to lift the trailer, inch by slow inch. Of course, it rained – again! You won’t be surprised to learn that Mr. Fifty Shades worked right along with the crew. I have to say I was a bit tense as I watched him crawl under the trailer (he is there in the background in the picture below). You can also see the concrete blocks, logs and lumber put in place to construct the supports (we learned a new word the supports are called cribbing) to carry bridging back to the road. Once the support system and bridging was built, they raised both all six wheels of the trailer off the ground and used chain, cable, pulleys and a diesel truck to slide and vault the trailer over one to two inches at a time until the airborne tires safely reached terra firma.
Finally, all six wheels are solidly on the road.
But, the rock wall that caused the whole ordeal is lurking just beyond.
They continued to work at a breakneck slow pace – but this is how they had to do it. At about high noon, the trailer eased its way down the road onto the next part of its journey.
It is kind of hard to tell from the pictures, but these next three show where the support system was built to carry the weight of the trailer.
Scout in the foreground inspecting the support system.
Once again, the Trailer leaves. We wish it well. More importantly, we hope the hauling crew has a much easier time getting it to and putting it in place in its new home.
Until next time.
The Fifty Shades of Green Acres Crew