It’s been another quiet week up here on the mountain, my little slice of heaven.
Spring is once again making an appearance; warm temperatures and rain are once again upon us out here. While the east coast is getting pummeled by nor’easter after nor’easter, we are having spring-like weather. As a boy growing up in New England, I don’t recall quite so many storms in any given winter as they are having these past couple of years. We might get two in a season, but nothing like what has been happening back there this year. Then again, the winter which we have had here has been abnormal as well. I have never before been able to drive the truck right into my driveway on Thanksgiving Day, but I was able to this past November. Also, we were able to drive to within a mile of the cabin in February, something that hasn’t happened since I have lived here. I believe that by the end of this month I will be driving to within a mile of the cabin once again, maybe sooner. In the past, there have been some pretty nasty storms move through in March and April, making travel up and down difficult, but I don’t think we will get much more in the way of snow this year.
The primary clutch shattered on Tina’s machine earlier in the week. Fortunately, I was able to locate one locally and had it running again quickly. Her Phazer needs some fine-tuning this summer, and then I believe it will be a good machine for getting her to work and hauling in supplies next winter. It has an electric start, making it easy for Tina to operate. I won’t have to fight with it on cold mornings to get it running, nor will I have to ride down and get it running when she is ready to come home.
We spent this morning digging out the old wrecked Yamaha (the one where the throttle stuck full open and went over the bank to smash into a tree last year) so I could get the drive belt off of it. It seems Yamaha didn’t change belts for almost twenty years, so the belt will fit the Phazer. At least that’s what the shop in town told me, and having another belt is always a good idea up here, even if it’s a “limp home” belt. I have ordered a new belt for the Phazer, but it won’t be here for another week. The one that is on the Phazer now is getting a bit worn, so the one off the wrecked machine should be a good replacement.
It has been a slow week for me, since I pushed too hard the week before. My body told me to stop or it would shut down all together. Therefore, I have been doing the least amount of work possible around here to keep from ending up in the hospital. Tina, the strong gal that she is, has been picking up the slack without complaint; she wants me around a few more years.
I have put my Arctic Cat aside until summer, when I can take the time to restore it. Since it decided to breakdown, I haven’t wanted to try figuring out just what went wrong with it. Finding parts could prove impossible, or at the very least, damn hard. I really want to tear it down and rebuild it from the belly pan up, and you can’t do that when using it every day. This summer, I will be looking for a replacement machine and storing the Cat in the shed until I can find the time for it. It’s been a hard-working machine and deserves to be restored properly and enjoyed.
Well, that’s all the news for the week. Bye for now.