WHAT THE KING DID TODAY
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KING TODAY DIAL UP PAGE -- MAY 30 2016
WINTER ROAD -- AXLE REMOVAL -- FEB 01 2016
CURSE of REVERSE UPDATES -- JAN 30 2016
WINTER ROAD -- WHEEL HUB REPAIRS -- JAN 30 2016
PLOWING ANOTHER CAT TRAIN TRAIL -- JAN 15 2016
BUILDING MY WINTER ROAD - - DEC 31 2015
PART 2 OF BUILDING MY WINTER ROAD -- JAN 03 2016
FLOODING MY WINTER ROAD -- JAN 05 2016
FLOOD TESTING MY WINTER ROAD -- JAN 07 2016
NEW PRICES BECAUSE OF SHIPPING COSTS ON THE BOOKS
SICKLE LAKE LODGE ELEVEN YEARS LATER -- MAY 01 2014
CAT TRAIN NEWSLETTERS BOOK for sale here on the website
LIFE IN THE KINGDOM BOOK for sale here on the website
MAY 30 2016
IT WAS A NICE ENJOYABLE DAY IN THE DRIZZLE OF RAIN TO WORK ON THE NEW EXHAUST SYSTEM FOR THE "SCREAMING FORD". I SHOULD HAVE UP GRADED THE EXHAUST 5 YEARS AGO BUT I'M GETTING IT DONE THIS WEEK.
MAY 29 2016
WITH MY DAUGHTER BACK FROM THE SOUTH IT WAS NOW TIME TO GET BACK TO WORK NOW THAT I HAVE STAFF. TODAY IN THE RAIN WE TOOK THE BOAT OUT AND HAD FUN LAUNCHING THE BOAT DUE TO LACK OF WATER. ONCE IN THE WATER WE DID A FEW TEST RUNS WITH THE SECRET INSTRUMENT. MORE ON THIS LATER BECAUSE OF THE "HOLLYWOOD GODS".
MAY 28 2016
A FEW WEEKS AGO I GAVE XENA'S DOG A RIDE TO THE "KINGDOM" TO HAVE A FUN DAY WITH MY GUARD DOGS. WELL THE DOG WAS SO HAPPY TO ARRIVE FOR A FUN DAY SHE JUMPED OUT THE WINDOW AND BROKE THE MIRROR. THIS IS NO PROBLEM BECAUSE THE DOG DID NOT GET HURT WITH THE BROKEN GLASS AND IT IS ONLY A MIRROR. THEN I FIND OUT THE MIRROR IS $559.95 PLUS TAXES AND ONLY AT THE DEALER WITH 14 DAYS SHIPPING BECAUSE IT HAS A TURN SIGNAL LIGHT IN THE MIRROR. I CAN'T EVEN GET A REPLACMENT MIRROR CUT BECAUSE OF THE CURVE AND HAD A FEW PLACES TRY. NEXT I ORDERED FROM THE USA AND THE MIRROR WAS $194.67 PLUS TAXES, EXCHANGE, SHIPPING AND DUTY. THEN MIRROR WAS IN THE "KINGDOM" IN LESS THEN 7 DAYS AND THANSK TO GOOGLE I HAD IT INSTALLED IN UNDER AN HOUR. ONCE AGAIN THE INTERNET SAVED ME A LOT OF MONEY.
MAY 26-27 2016
I GOT A CALL AND WITHIN 22 MINUTES I WAS OUT THE DOOR FOR A 20 HOUR NON STOP ROUND TRIP TO THE SOUTH AND BACK. I GOT VERY LUCKLY WITH HAVING A FLAT TIRE ONLY 100KMS AWAY FROM THE "KINGDOM" ON THE WAY BACK AT 5:12AM IN THE MORNING. IT WAS TRYING TO SNOW AS WE CHANGED THE TIRE WHICH WAS A LOT BETTER THEN HOT HEAT AND LOTS OF BUGS, LOL.
MAY 25 2016
I WAS WORKING IN THE YARD AND DID NOTHING EXCITING BUT HERE IS A PICTURE OF THE "SCREAMING FORD" ON THE FUN CAMERAS, LOL.
MAY 24 2016
I BOUGHT THIS TRAILER A FEW YEARS AGO TO RE-DESIGN IT TO HAUL MY SLEIGHS. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THE RE-DESIGN IS TAKING A LOT LONGER THEN I THOUGHT BUT IT IS BEING DONE CORRECTLY. YESTERDAY I RIPPED OUT ALL THE AIR HOSES AND VALVES TO REPLACE THEM WITH WINTER RATED HOSES AND COMMON VALVES. THIS UP GRADE IS ONLY A $1500.00 TOUCH BUT IT WILL SAVE ME TIME IN THE FUTURE AT -40C TRYING TO GET THE BRAKES TO RELEASE.
MAY 23 2016
THIS IS THE FIRST MAY LONG WEEKEND IN YEARS THAT WE DID NOT GET 6" OF WET SNOW BUT WE GOT 2 DAYS OF RAIN. I SENT THOSE DAYS INSIDE MY LITTLE SHOP GETTING ORGANIZED. MY YEARLY SUPPLY ORDER FROM THE SOUTH ARRIVED WITH MY YELLOW BINS. IN THE COURSE OF 4 YEARS I HAVE GOTTEN THE SHOP ORGANIZED WHERE I CAN FIND THINGS RIGHT AWAY.
MAY 22 2016
AFTER 25 YEARS OF OWNING MY 922 LOADER, I DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO FIX THE FROG ON THE BUCKET.
IT WAS GREAT FUN TORCHING OFF THE OLD FROG BECAUSE SOME ONE DECIDED TO DO THE WELDING ON THE BUCKET WITH STAINLESS STEEL RODS. YOU CAN'T GRIND OR TORCH THE "SS" RODS OFF ONLY MELT IT AWAY.
MAY 21 2016
LAST NIGHT IT WAS FRESH FISH IN THE "KINGDOM" FOR SUPPER. ALSO NOTE THAT IS NOT MY BEER IN THE PICTURE BECAUSE IT WILL BE 5 YEARS THIS JUNE SINCE I HAVE TOUCHED BOOZE. AFTER THE INCIDENT I HAD TO GIVE UP DRINKING PROFFESSIONALY, BUT I STILL WELD FOR BEER, LOL.
MAY 20 2016
I NEED WORK SHIRTS BUT WAS NOT GOING TO PAY TOP DOLLAR AT THE STORES. I FIGURED I WOULD ORDER SOME IN WITH THE KoO ON THEM TO SEE HOW THEY TURNED OUT. WELL THEY TURNED OUT REALLY GOOD AND I NOW HAVE ENOUGH SHIRTS TO LAST MORE THEN A WEEK, LOL.
MY FIRST SELFIE IN THE BATHROOM, LOL.
MAY 19 2016
YESTERDAY I SPENT MY BIRTHDAY ON A ROAD TRIP THAT WAS A SURPRISE. I GOT THE CALL THE NIGHT BEFORE TO DELIVER THE WELDED UP BUCKET BACK TO RUTTAN MINE. THEN HAUL A ROCK TRUCK TIRE TO THOMPSON FOR A QUICK REPAIR. MY DAY STARTED AT 4:30AM TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING GOT COMPLETED. THE GUYS AT THE TIRE SHOP WORKED THROUGH COFFEE TO GET THE TIRE FIXED SO I COULD DELIVER BACK IN TIME FOR DAY SHIFT TO PUT THE TIRE BACK ON FOR THE ROCK TRUCK TO BE USED ON NIGHT SHIFT. IT WAS A RUSH AND RUSH DAY BUT I ALSO GOT $3500.00 IN MY SUPPLIES PICKED UP TOO. WHEN I ARRIVED BACK IN THE "KINGDOM" AT 8:30PM, I STILL HAD AN HOUR TO UNLOAD AND PUT THINGS AWAY. TO MAKE THINGS EVEN MORE FUN, THE TEMPERATURE ROSE TO +29C WHICH IS A HOT DAY FOR US. I WAS DRAGGING MY ASS IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY FOR SOME REASON BECAUSE I'M NOT USED TO THE HOT WEATHER, LOL.
MAY 18 2016
I HAD THE FIRST SHED FILLED AFTER LUNCH THEN IT WAS MOVE EVERYTHING TO THE SECOND SHED AND START FILLING IT. OH THE FUN FIREWOOD IS, LOL.
MAY 17 2016
IT TOOK 2 DAYS BUT I GOT THE FIREWOOD PILE ALL CLEANED UP AND LOOKING BETTER.
AFTER WORKING LATE I WAS ABLE TO ENJOY A NICE FISH FRY WHICH WAS VERY TASTEY.
MAY 16 2016
I HAD A NICE RELAXING SUNDAY CUTTING UP FIRE WOOD THAT I DID NOT BURN LAST WINTER BECAUSE IT WAS A WARM WINTER. IT WAS A GOOD DAY WITH ONLY DESTORYING 2 SKILL SAW BLADES BY HITTING HIDDEN NAILS IN THE PALLETS, LOL.
MAY 15 2016
IT WAS A NICE DAY TO HIDE IN MY LITTLE SHOP AND BURN RODS TO FINISH THE BUCKET BECAUSE OF THE COLD WET WEATHER.
IT ONLY TOOK 75LBS OF HARD SURFACING RODS WHICH IS JUST UNDER $2500.00 INCLUDING FEES, TAXES AND SHIPPING BUT THE BUCKET WILL LAST A LITTLE LONGER IN THE ROCKS.
MAY 14 2016
YESTERDAY WAS FRIDAY THE 13th AND I JUST SKIPPED A DAY IN UPDATING THE WEBSITE. THERE IS NO 13th CHAPTER IN MY BOOKS SO THERE IS NO FRIDAY THE 13th. I HAD TO WORK YESTERDAY BECAUSE I TOOK THE DAY BEFORE OFF BECAUSE IT WAS A SNOW DAY. SO ON FRIDAY THE 13th I DID NOT DO MUCH INCASE THINGS WENT WRONG BUT I DID WELD THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BUCKET. I WAS ABLE TO GET MY LINES TO LOOK GOOD AND MATCH THE OTHER SIDE THANSK TO PRINTING A PICTURE, LOL.
MAY 12 2016
IT WAS A SNOW DAY YESTERDAY WHICH IS NORMAL IN THE GREAT "WHITE" NORTH FOR THE MONTH OF MAY. I DID NOT DO MUCH EXCEPT FOR A LOT OF SLEEPING. HERE IS ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE POOR CHEVY TRUCK GETTING DRAGGED BACK UP ON THE ROAD LAST MONDAY NIGHT.
MAY 11 2016
A SIGN OF A TRUE CRAFTSMAN IS WHEN THE LINES ON THE HARD SURFACING WELDS ALL LINE UP LIKE A HARDWOOD FLOORING.
WHILE I WAS IN THE SHOP WELDING AWAY IT WAS SNOWING OUTSIDE WHICH IS NORMAL FOR MAY, LOL.
MAY 10 2016
YESTERDAY WAS A LITTLE TOO CHILLY FOR STANDING AROUND HARD SURFACE WELDING ON THE BIG BUCKET. AFTER LUNCH I PUT THE BUCKET IN MY LITTLE SHOP SO I COULD BE WARM WHILE WELDING.
MAY 09 2016
I GOT THE CALL AT 3PM TO DO A LITTLE WINCH RECOVERY. BY 4PM I HAD THE WEIGHT BOX ON THE BACK OF THE "SCREAMING FORD" TO MAKE THE TRUCK A HEAVY RECOVERY UNIT.
I THEN TRAVEL AN HOUR TO WHERE THE VEHICLE IS OVER THE STEEP ENBANKMENT. NO WONDER THEY WERE CALLING ME.
THE 100 FEET OF WINCH CABLE WAS JUST ENOUGH TO HOOK UP AND START DRAGGING THE DAMAGE VEHICLE BACK UP TO THE ROAD. THE 8v71 DETROIT GAVE A COUPLE OF GRUNTS WHEN THE VEHICLE HOOKED A BIG ROCK WHICH SHOWED LITTLE RESISTANCE FOR SOME REASON.
FOR SOME REASON THE VEHICLE WAS DAMGAED ENOUGH THAT IS WAS JUST BEING DRAGGED INSTEAD OF ROLLING. OH WELL, THE WICKED WINCH HANDLED IT NO PROBLEM.
NEXT I HAD TO SHOVEL THE RUTS SMOOTH UNTIL THE SHOVEL OVER HEATED AND NEEDED TO BE COOLED DOWN.
MAY 08 2016
i worked late saturday night to finish welding the big bucket and the welds turned out really nice. i then took sunday off and relaxed which was nice too. thansk
MAY 06 2016
YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW BIG THE BUCKET IS UNTILL YOU TRY MOVING IT AROUND WITH MY OBSOLETE EQUIPMENT BUT I GOT IT DONE.
MAY 05 2016
TODAY I HAD TO GO AND PICK UP A BACK HOE BUCKET THAT NEEDS TO BE WELDED BUT I HAD TO UNLOAD THE LITTLE CAR FROM SATURDAY'S RECOVERY. IT DID NOT TAKE LONG TO UNLOAD THE LITTLE CAR WHEN YOU HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT.
MAY 04 2016
IT WAS ANOTHER DAY ON THE QUADS HAVING FUN. IT WILL NOT BE LONG AND ALL THE ICE WILL BE GONE ON THE SMALL LAKES. THIS WHERE A FELLOW FROM AUSTRALIA MADE THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO ON THE D6 9U KNOWN AS "THE HOOD" WHEN WE HAD A WINTER ROAD ACROSS THIS LAKE.
MAY 03 2016
WE USED THE QUADS TO RECOVER 2 BROKEN SKI-DOOS DOWN A STEEP BANK ON THE TRACK BED. THE QUADS HAD NO PROBLEM WINCHING THE MACHINES UP AND ON TO THE TRAILER. IT WAS ONLY AN 8KM RIDE TO DELIVER THE MACHINES TO THE FRONT YARD OF THE OWNERS HOUSE. THIS KEPT US BUSY FOR THE AFTERNOON.
MAY 02 2016
IT WAS AN EASY DAY YESTERDAY DRIVING THE LOADER FIXING A FEW BAD SPOTS ON THE TRACK BED. THIS POT HOLE TOOK A COUPLE OF BUCKETS OF GRAVEL TO FIX, LOL.
MAY 01 2016
I HAD A RELAXING DAY IN THE HEAT OF +16C TO WASH THE QUADS. PLUS THAT IS ABOUT ALL I GOT DONE, LOL.
APRIL 30 2016
I GOT THE CALL TO RECOVER A STOLEN CAR THAT ENDED IN A ROLL OVER ACCIDENT. OF COURSE THIS IS THE GREAT WHITE NORTH AND THE CAR IS DOWN AN ENBANKMENT. FOR SOME REASON THESE CARS NEVER ROLL ON FLAT GROUND FOR AN EASY RECOVERY.
I HAD NO PROBLEMS DRAGGING THIS LITTLE CAR UP AND ON TO THE ROAD WITH THE 13,000LBS ELECTRIC WINCH ON THE NEW TANDEM TRAILER. FOR SOME REASON THE LITTLE CAR DID NOT LIKE GETTING DRAGGED OVER THE BIG ROCKS SO MORE DAMAGE WAS DONE BUT THE CAR IS A RIGHT OFF BEFORE I TOUCHED IT.
IT WAS NICE TO SEE MY FIRST BOOK INSIDE THE CAR WHICH IS READING MATERIAL FOR WHEN THE CAR BREAKS DOWN ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD I GUESS, LOL.
APRIL 29 2016
new front springs for the Screaming Ford, these are rated 1000lbs more then the orginal springs that i have been puting in the truck for the last 25 years. thansk
APRIL 28 2016
i ordered in the new exhaust system and front spring for the Screaming Ford which took almost a month to get due to the parts being obsolete for some reason. we traveled over the so-called road to pick up other supplies and the shippment of parts. this is the first time i have stopped to see the plane on a stick in thompson. thansk
APRIL 27 2016
the other day we went to load up the tire drag and i got my "staff" to bring the quad along to assist in the loading. i'm glad i did because on the last tow call i did not pay attention to how the winch cable was winding up on the spool. the cable got all jammed up and we had to use the quad to pull out the cable. everything worked out good due to a little planning. the tire drag was easy to load without any dramas. thansk
APRIL 26 2016
we did a little road trip yesterday to leaf rapids and back. it is hard to believe that the steel bridge runs north and south because when you drive over it you think you are traveling east to west. next we came across a truck that slid off the road in the last big snow fall we had. it will be great fun dragging this truck back up to the road and the rocks will do lots of damage. thansk
APRIL 24 2016
today it was a work day on the quads which means getting paid to have fun. the bush still has lots of snow but the quads could just make it through. then we were on the track bed checking things out and the local river is too low for this time of year with spring run off. if it gets any lower the fish will be walking, lol. thansk
APRIL 23 2016
IT WAS A FUNDAY YESTERDAY WITH AN AIRPLANE FLYING IN WITH THE DRIVER FOR THE BOMBARDIER.
NEXT I GET TO DELIVER THE DRIVER AND THE MACHINE 30 MILES FROM THE "KINGDOM" TO THE START OF THE BUSH TRAIL TO THE LODGE. THE AIRPLANE WILL ASSIST THE BOMBARDIER ON GETTING TO THE LODGE SINCE THE DRIVER HAS NEVER BEEN UP HERE AT ALL.
APRIL 22 2016
I GOT A PHONE CALL IN THE MORNING TO RUN TO THOMPAON TO PICK UP A BOMBADIER THAT WAS BEING HAULED TO NORTH. THE WHEEL FELL OFF THE TRAILER BECAUSE OF THE ROUGH ROADS AND OF COURSE THE DAMAGE WAS BEYOUND REPAIR. IT WAS A 12 HOUR ROUND TRIP AND THE SO-CALLED ROAD WAS IN GOOD SHAPE SO NO DRAMA FOR US.
APRIL 21 2016
here is an excellent picture of the Screaming Ford as we head home from the 1100kms in 3 days road trip. oh the fun we had and to think back on how crazy we were to do things for money, lol. thansk
APRIL 20 2016
THE SIGN SAY 245KM FROM THE "KINOOSAO RALLY ROAD" WHICH MEAN WE WERE 303 KMS FROM THE "KINGDOM" PLUS WE HAD 100KM TO GO TO GET TO TADOULE LAKE. THAT IS WHEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE AT THE END OF THE WORLD AND NOBODY IS COMING TO GET YOU IF YOU FAIL. THE 1100KMS IN 3DAYS WE TRAVELLED WAS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST THINGS WE HAVE EVER DONE BACK IN APRIL 2014.
APRIL 19 2016
2 years ago we did one of the toughest adventures i have every done. we left the Kingdom to run the last of the loads in to the remote communities and the rates were triple so it was worth the risk. we could not get a film crew or any one to join us because it was too dangerous. we just thought is was a normal road trip to get lots of photos and have fun. from april 19-21 2014 we did 1100kms from lynn lake to tadoule lake then over to lac brochet and back to the Kingdom. we made it look so smooth because we were prepared, the fellow writting the big cheque had tears rolling down his cheeks because he thought we would fail then he would pay nothing. my daughter was smiling big time because she drove the pink crew cab as a support vehicle and for the 3 days she got $1500.00. thansk
APRIL 18 2016
WE WENT FROM 8" OF SNOW ON FRIDAY TO +16C ON MONDAYWHICH MEANS WE HAD TO TAKE THE QUADS OUT FOR FUN. OF COURSE I SLIDE OFF THE TRACK BED AND HAD TO USE THE WINCH TO GET THE MACHINE BACK ON THE TRACK BED. THE CAMERA DOES NOT SHOW HOW STEEP IT REALLY IS.
APRIL 17 2016
WE HAD OUR FIRST WARM DAY YESTERDAY WITH A DAY TIME HIGH OF +12C AND A LOT OF SNOW MELTED. THE "SCREAMING FORD" LOOKS OUT OF PLACE WITH THE TIRE CHAINS STILL ON FROM WHEN WE HAD LOT OF SNOW. I PUT THE TIRE CHAINS ON IN OCTOBER AND TAKE THEM OFF IN APRIL BECAUSE WE HAVE SNOW FOR THAT LONG.
APRIL 15 2016
IT WAS GREAT FUN YESTERDAY PLOWING 8" OF WET SNOW WITH THE "KOMMUNIST KAT". IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THE CAT IS 68 YEARS OLD AND WORKING HARD.
THE HARD PART WAS TRYING TO FIND THE ROAD TO PLOW DUE TO BEING SNOW BLIND.
APRIL 14 2016
it was a fun day yesterday, i got to travel 200kms round trip through 8"of wet snow. once arriving i got to work on a semi trailer which i'm glad i took my $1200.00 torque wrench to make sure the wheels are tight, lol. thansk
APRIL 13 2016
ONCE AGAIN WE ARE GETING MORE SNOW AND MORE SNOW.
APRIL 12 2016
it was a quick trip to thompson to pick up my books from the publisher and of course i loaded up on pallets and barrels for the Kingdom. thansk
JAN 28 2016
a year ago today my co-star and coffee shop buddy past away. i don't go to the coffee shop any more because there is no one to chat with anymore. i thank his brother roy for the picture of gerry on the td-18 cat when we were filming. roy has more computer skills then me because i would have just taken a picture of the TV. thansk
NOV 11 2015
WE DID A LITTLE TANDEM PUSH PULL WITH THE 2 CATS TO MOVE THE BIG BOAT FROM THE SHORE LINE.
MARCH 16 2015
IT WAS A BUSY DAY IN THE "KINGDOM" WITH WINTER ROAD REPAIRS PLUS AN AIRPLANE ARRIVING.
THE CARGO NETTING IS SO THE PLANE DOES NOT TRY AND FLY WHEN THE HELICOPTER IS CARRYING. I HAD THE EASY JOB OF UNHOOKING THE CABLE TO RELEASE THE PLANE, LOL.
JAN 19 2015
I WAS VERY SURPRISED WHEN I RECIEVED A PACKAGE IN THE MAIL FROM NORTHERN IRELAND LAST WEEK. ALL I COULD SAY WAS WOW EH!!
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