20 Oct Whirlwind
Thursday the 18th of September starts like any other with a long list of items that I, would need / like to take care of, but while traveling north on Hwy. 550 the water pump pulley wheel on “Sunshine” (the name for our new truck) breaks.
The rest of the calendar for the next 17 days looks like this:
Entertain my mom and aunt who are visiting.
4 Scheduled cooking days.
Community Foundation Event at Blue Lake Ranch
Fall Blaze bicycle ride
Ute Mountain Ute, Farm & Ranch community lunch with ribbon cutting for new facility.
Pick up corn.
CO-USDA Filming at Nature’s Oasis
Back Country Experience Chili Cook Off
I have the truck towed to Affordable Automotive and within the week I am told that the part we are looking for is no longer in stock and that I should start searching junkyards for a used part.
Here I sit, once again, feeling like one part is stopping the whole operation from moving forward.
Luckily, they had ordered a part that was very similar for the Turbo Version of the same vehicle and we were able to take it to Andrews Design Works, makers of King Cage water bottle cages, and they modified it to work.
With the Fall Blaze bike ride approaching and no way of getting my bike and trailer to the event short of borrowing someone’s vehicle again it was hard to get motivated. however, late on Friday I receive a call from the mechanic and “Sunshine” is up and running, sounding better than ever. I was now feeling better about participating in the Fall Blaze and by participating I mean promoting the brand.
Region 9, our local rural development lender called saying the the PR department from CO-USDA was going to come to town for the ribbon cutting at the new Ute Mountain Ute corn processing facility. Region 9 had told the USDA that we, Chip Peddler chips, were also part of the story as we used the corn in our tortilla chips and had them for sale at retail.
The ribbon cutting at the new plant coincided with the annual Ute Mountain Ute tribe yearly lunch that take place at the farm so I decided that I would drive the truck out and pick up a pallet of corn at the same time. The corn needed to make it back to Durango where it could be taken early the next morning to La Milpa, in Grand Junction, where the corn is made into raw tortillas. It was then that I was informed that they were in the process of switching out motors and and could I come back tomorrow. Again, one part is stopping the whole operation from moving forward. Usually when this happens I just hope for the best and sure enough things will work themselves out and by 3:00 the new motor was in and I was on the road home by 4:00 and by 6:00 I was transferring them myself bag by bag, all 2,500 lbs., into the truck going to Grand Junction the next morning.
|Starting at Needles Store the climb starts rough and finishes with ease.|
|Cabin on Little Elk trail|
By the time you get to the cabin on Little Elk you will have covered a lot of terrain where on could find themselves lost quite easily.
Climbing out of Kiffen Canyon this year we took a different route which pointed us directly into the wind for about 30 minutes but the new route gives the ride a new double track section. – 7 hrs. 20 min.
Every year SKA Brewing throws the best party in town and this year was no exception, Skatilites came to town during their 50th year anniversary tour and celebrated a great evening in Durango with some new friends.