For the arrival of the cosmic storm, I was tracking the routing that the airlines and the FAA were sending the transcon flight.. and on thursday night, I was outside around midnight, getting a truck with a load of coal moved out of the mud. So I seached the sky,
The sky was clear, and I searched , not a plane in sight, all the routes were many hundreds of miles further south that night. The solar energy can start to disrupt the communication and navigation radios and antenas in the planes. so the routes were planned to say well south of the majority of the solar storm's impact area.
But now that I think of it,, I've flown the northern route to europe many times where the 'northern light's , the aurora borealis was directly over and around the plane.. HMM I wonder if that's why I had the 'early onset' cataracts? The doc's think its likely,, pilots have one of the highest incidences of early cataracts.
Anyway, about Preparing for whatever... I decided to get more coal before the mines get low on quantites or quality, and before diesel hits $8.99/gallon..
so I brought in another TT load. 23 more tons to put away for future burning.
The truck got stuck on level ground, this is very early for a TT delivery for me,, the ground was not yet 'summer' dry and hard.. so when the driver was negotiating around to line up with the coal building,, the truck spun it's drive tires.. and the show was over.. for awhile.
I had charged the batteries and fired up the big loader the day before, but the batteries were flat.
. I guess new batteries are on the to-do list.. Anyway, I put the chargers on the batteries, and got the batteries enough of a charge to get the loader started.. Then hooked to the front of the frame of the semi-tractor. With the big old loader in grandma-low, and in reverse, the chain lifting the front of the semi a little, there was no tire slippage with the loader.. and she pulled the 40ton truck and load forward with the help from the semi-tractor.
Later, after most of the coal was unloaded I used the loader alone to pull the truck ahead a few feet,, I never thought the loader could pull that TT rig without help.. amazing..
Sorry for the dark photos,, my little pocket digital doesn't have much of a flash.
With this load, I have probably 6+ years of fuel if I keep heating the shop and house with the remote boiler, if I decide to use a hand feed and heat only the house,, then I probably have 12+ years of coal in storage..