Day 6 – Drive Home

Black Friday, November 29, 2019

We had a quick breakfast in the morning and drove to the job site to continue building the deck of the bridge    By 11:30 am, we had used up all of the wood we had for the decking so we took a picture on the deck.

From left to right; myself, Billy Frye, Erv Willms and Wieland Hamm.

Before we left, we wrote our names on one of the steel beams under the deck.

At 12:30 pm we left the job site one last time and headed back to the campsite, where we had some lunch, cleaned up and loaded our things into the car.

We left shortly after 1 pm and arrived at home by 9 pm.

We had a wonderful time in Clendenin and enjoyed working with Billy Frye, Caleb and Scotty.   The weather was cool, but very good for working and everyone was very friendly.

Day 5 – Clendenin

Thursday, November 28, 2019  ” American Thanksgiving ”

It was cool in the morning and the temperature remained slightly above freezing.   Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the stores were closed and the traffic was extremely light.  We were fortunate that Billy sacrificed his Thanksgiving celebrations with his family to help us work on the bridge.

On the way to the job site, I stopped to take a picture of the concrete bridge myself and some youth had helped build in 2017.

When we arrived at the job site, we continued bolting the I-beams, inserted rubber pads under them and welded the ‘ transverse bracing ‘ on the road side of the bridge.

Billy welded a piece of angle iron on the road side of the bridge to hold the wood decking in place and then we attached a roll of felt on the beams for moisture protection, before starting to nail the 2″ x 4″ x 12′ boards on edge, to form the deck.

By the end of the day we had completed a quarter of the deck.

When we arrived back at the campsite, we took showers and then the four of us had supper together .   During the evening, we discussed various topics while Esther knitted a blanket.