I know you didn't Robert. That was a late comment back to KTK.
FWIW, I managed to have the bike fall off the west end of the bridge. The deck on that end is about 30" off the ground and it flipped. I was sure something bent, moved, broke, etc.... Nada! I was happy and at the same time impressed that it's sturdy.
They are an option. There are a couple solutions that work but the tandem idea was using things on hand and cost me nothing, which is rare on this property I don't intend to ever move these jon boats out so my work is done.
Sandy Creek bridge is 99% complete with ramps on both ends!
The 1% left is an edge rail, probably just 2X4s screwed to both of the outer edges.
The east end ramp was easy to make by pushing a little dirt around. It's done with some fine tuning left to do by hand.
I found a local company that had "seconds" of stamped aluminum in various lengths and widths. I picked up 4 sections that were 9' long and 7" wide and 1 section that was 12' long and 19" wide. All of these pieces were edge bent 2"X2. I cut the big piece to 9', drilled and bolted them together with two 7" wide pieces on each side. The end result is pretty stable and should last a long time with foot travel and an occasional eBike on it..
Slapped the ramp on the crawler cart and hauled it to the bridge this morning. Yes, it's partially painted black in this picture. It eventually took 3 cans to get all the surfaces covered.
A 9' ramp seems to have the right angle to it. It's securely screwed to the bridge decking.
I dug a small ditch at ground level for the foot end of the ramp so it was flush. Used some 1/2" re-bar pieces and made 18" stakes to drive in and secure the foot of the ramp.
The east / west trail is now a virtual eBike super highway. Carting corn around to fill feeders just got a little easier and rain events are less of an issue.
You all are way too nice. I do enjoy the prep., doing things a little different and the challenge of it all "most" of the time. The landowner was not too keen to my idea for this ramp so I made an agreement with him that if he didn't think it was safe I'd take it out. I sent him the pictures of it today and I think he's a believer now.
With the creek bridge functional and the Guppy at Sandy I now need to venture into the NW section and do some prep up there. I've got two corn feeders and a protein feeder that are empty or close to empty. More early morning workouts Tom. I could use some help with the 50 lb corn bags. Getting six of them out of the boat, up the bank and 200 yards to the feeder is a workout. I'm usually toast after 3 trips. Where's that SIL when I need him?
The clover got cut today for the 3rd time. I suspect that the hotter temps and dryer Aug. and Sept. will slow it's growth down and I may loose some of it to the heat. Fall rains will bring it back so there will be clover during deer season.
I've had a tough time this summer with weeds and I suspect my spot tilling and soil fertilization brought to life some dormant weeds. Today the Toro got to them which should put the hurt to their re-growth as well.
Here is the "Before" shot and you can see significant weed growth at the far side of the plot.
And here's the "After" shot with the same characters at the feeder.
The WhiteTail Institute Imperial Whitetail Clover has been a good grower this year. Hopefully next year with the help of Mother Nature and timely irrigation, it will be even better.
Feeders are full, cameras are out and I'll try to stay away from this place for the next 60 days. I need a distraction.....
Looks like this fall I'll start another chapter in my life giving deer hunting in town a try. A friend has killed deer for the past 3 years in town hunting very small woodlots and he's having a fit for me to try it out. This year he's scored a hollow behind several houses between two city...
Well, Xbow Hog hunt has been pushed back to April 2021. So Colorado is on for pronghorn again. Going west with my boys for hopeful repeat to last years successful hunt.
It's been very dry where we hunt so I'd expect ground blinds will be high priority over water.
To be continued.
So, just dropped $5000 on shoulder reconstructions surgery. Going to invest in a cranking crossbow and seems Wicked Ridge fits my budget right now. They offer 360, 370, and 400 fps. I prefer the heavy hitting Pile Drivers with a 125 grain broadhead. Will the extra 30-40 fps really make a...
Been looking at a WickedRidge 370 crossbow ,shooting a Excaubur axion now looking for a back up bow like how lite an compact it is an doesn't break the bank an body have recommendations good or bad
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