Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hauling Hay with the Hubs

Last year hauling hay only included prairie hay and alfalfa, maybe a bit of brohme.  This year--since we're chopping anything down--it includes corn stubble and Milo stubble.  So we're loading up some Milo stubble the other night, with the Gobob trailer, and I came up with a list of "rules in hauling hay with the hubs."  PS a gobob trailer is this long skinny trailer that the bales are loaded on horizontal and pushed forward.  Here's a pic of J loading:

In no particular order:
-make sure the tractor that's loading the truck has brakes...or that you know about it before you get whiplash when the tractor hits the trailer and you go flying in the drivers seat of the truck

-don't wear flip-flops...even if the hubs says you won't be getting out of the truck.  Who knows when the tractor will spring a leak and you will get called out of the truck to hold a flashlight or something.

-always bring a book or something to entertain you.  Problems happen, and you might get stuck in the truck waiting for a while; and being that some of these locations are not cell-phone friendly, talking to friends or playing on facebook isn't a reliable source of entertainment.

-wear a supportive bra, or sports bra.  The ground is hard and getting bounced around with 10,000 pounds on the back-end of a truck is not enjoyable in an everyday bra, take my word on it. 

-take a drink...does that really need an explanation?

-take a moment to enjoy the countryside and God's handiwork, it really is pretty!

-be ready for the trip to take longer than expected...or translate it to farmer time.  An hour to everyday people is about 2 1/2 hours in farmer time. 

I think that about covers it, unless some of my readers have others, feel free to share  :-)

1 comment:

  1. I agree totally with something to read, enjoying God's handiwork, and the sportsbra. As for the "time" thing. I would add not to wear fuzzy clothes. Twigs, hay stubble, everything in the country can stick to fuzzy clothes. Also, be prepared for potty stops in the wild. A roll of toilet paper or tissue for emergencies can come in handy. Be prepared for a cool breeze where you don't usually feel one!