FBAD: Life on the Blue Ridge

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Fast Ferris, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    :scratch The gravel section is the same in each direction, it's pretty level and not hard. I've led a bunch of streetbikes through there including a Gold Wing and no one complained. I've ridden it both ways, mostly on street bikes.

    North Carolina is a big state. Unless you have ridden this road, you are unlikely to figure it out and if you have ridden it then I haven't given anything away.
  2. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    This was taken about mid-day Friday. Not long after this the final load of blocks was delivered and the boyz cranked hard and got the rest of the "missing" courses in the back laid before they called it a day.

    Hopefully on Wednesday or Thursday the walls get filled with concrete, then there's one more 8" course of blocks to go down, called "L" blocks, which will bring the walls to final grade, and also act as the form when the floor is poured.
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  3. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    My beautiful wife and I took yet another buddies Harley for a ride this past weekend. She loved it, and I'm getting the itch.

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  4. RedUly

    RedUly Esse Quam Videri Supporter

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    It looks good.

    So when can you ride again? :)
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  5. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Great pic, thanks for sharing. You're a lucky man!

    Yeah, there's something about the way a Harley Big Twin goes about its business that is satisfyingly addictive.

    Itches eventually have to be scratched, amigo.......... :)
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  6. Fast Ferris

    Fast Ferris Shift Shaper

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    Thanks. Here's a pic from a few moments ago:

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    They dumped 20 yards of gravel inside it on Friday, and I think we've got another 30 yards coming once the blocks are filled with concrete and it has all had a chance to cure.

    Don't know. Between this, and all the remodeling going on inside, I'm fairly preoccupied at the moment. :)
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  7. RedUly

    RedUly Esse Quam Videri Supporter

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    At least you have a great reason:)

    It's looking good.
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  8. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    Things are going to be so nice when it's all finished.
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  9. Fast Ferris

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    Hope so! It's been a lot of w*rk to this point, what with both projects going on at once. The garage walls were poured today, and we'll give 'em about a week to cure before moving on to the next stage.

    Lowes delivered our new cabinets (and fridge and dishwasher) today; watching the delivery drivers doing their thing reminded me of watching baggage handlers at the airport. Sadly, of the first five cabinet boxes we opened (including the corner wall cabinet we needed to begin the install), two cabinets were cracked or outright broken. They had another corner cabinet in stock, however, and we finally got it - and several others - hung this afternoon.

    99% of the priming and painting is done, and most of the new LED "can" lights (15 of them spaced out between the living room, kitchen and dining room) are installed and functional. The lights in the living room will be on a dimmer, and we can easily add dimmers to the kitchen and dining room down the road if we feel the need.

    Denise will end up with about three times the counter space she had before, and gorgeous new cabinets and countertops; the old stuff was, well, old. We're also putting down some nice Pergo laminate flooring called "Antique Barnwood" - it's really pretty. We're adding a second window in the kitchen, and last week I ordered a Pella low-E/argon gas sliding glass door, which will open out onto the back deck from the dining room; we'll have a ton more natural light inside than ever before.

    D's been in Cali for the past month and has missed out on most of the construction crap and chaos, but will be home on Saturday to finally see all the progress first-hand. I hope she likes it. :)
  10. Fast Ferris

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    Taken a few moments ago:

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    Your basic war zone. :)
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  11. tireatr

    tireatr Let's go for a ride

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    Fast Ferris, would you PM it again. I think I know of this road, but always looking for new roads. Thanks
  12. Fast Ferris

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    We made some nice progress today:

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    There's still a wall cabinet missing (hopefully will arrive at my local Lowes on Sunday), and when we began unboxing the base cabinets this morning, the corner cabinet (the one you start with and build out from) was all caved in on the right side (a replacement is supposed to arrive on Sunday, as well).

    That makes three out of 11 cabinets that arrived damaged. These cabinets are boxed very poorly; shame on the manufacturer ("Diamond Now" is the brand name, for anyone keeping score), and the baggage handlers, er, I mean delivery drivers from Lowes, appeared to have run out of "give a f*cks" a long time ago (as I was going through the paperwork and confirming I'd gotten everything I ordered - which I didn't - one of the drivers encouraged me to hurry up, since they had other deliveries to attend to. Hey Lowes: WTF?!?)

    Anyway, we started getting flooring down today. This is a very satisfying step in what has seemed like a long, drawn-out affair - I mean, what the heck, Chip and Joanna get in and out in an hour...
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  13. Fast Ferris

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    You've got mail. :)
  14. RedUly

    RedUly Esse Quam Videri Supporter

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    That is a great looking floor.
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  15. Fast Ferris

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    Thanks. We're not trying to fool anyone down the road - there's no question this is a laminate floor - but it's amazing how realistic (and pretty) this stuff is.

    Here's a couple pix from last week. We finally got all our cabinets, and the kitchen is now, at long last, beginning to take shape:

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    In the above pic the new kitchen window has been installed, and both windows have been trimmed. It's remarkable how much more natural light we have, and the second window visually makes the space look larger and much more open and roomier. We gave up some cabinet space by putting in the second window, but Denise is majorly happy with our decision, and she'll still end up with about double the cabinet space she had before when we're all said and done.
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  16. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    You need to take a day off and ride a little, your gonna get burnt out man.
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  17. Fast Ferris

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    Here's a look from the kitchen into the new dining room (formerly our office/#3 bedroom):

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    The old fridge used to sit where the new kitchen window went in, the back door used to be where the new fridge sits, and we took out the wall that used to divide these two spaces. In the background on the left, partially hidden behind the fridge, is the rough opening for the new sliding glass door we're installing (which just came in this past Saturday). We're very much looking forward to even more natural light, and the accompanying sensation of roominess.

    Visible in the far background is the former closet for the former bedroom, which has been gutted and cosmetically refreshed, and which will now become a convenient pantry.

    Basking in all this Fixer Upper-ish ambience is our new cat, known by a bunch of different names, but I affectionately call her "Monster." We adopted her a week ago yesterday from our next-door neighbors; they opted to sell their mountain cabin and move to an apartment in Winston-Salem, as he's going blind and they wanted to be closer to robust medical infrastructure. We're sorry to see them go - they were fantastic neighbors, both salt of the earth - but we helped get them out of a tight spot (they can't have pets in their new apartment), and we're amped to have another cat (whom we've known for years) in our lives.

    Our plates are pretty full. Thank you, Lord.
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  18. Fast Ferris

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    No can do, my brudda (not yet, anyway) - as you well know, ya gotta make hay while the sun shines. :)
  19. Fast Ferris

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    The garage project continues to progress, as well. This is late last week (Friday, I think - it's all becoming a blur...), after the fifth truckload of crushed rock had been dumped and spread inside the foundation walls:

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    Two more loads came in after this, making seven total truckloads, at an average weight of about 19.5 tons per load (the last load was 20.5 tons).

    After this the boyz finished getting everything ready for pouring the slab (which happens early tomorrow morning), and the building inspector signed off on this phase late this morning. I'll try to grab a pic or two later this evening when the light is a little better.
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    Here's a look at the back of the garage foundation, a perspective which makes it a lot easier to appreciate how much work has gone into getting this project ready to pour the slab:

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    As memory serves, there are 17 courses of block (at 8" high each) at the tallest point of the foundation. The "notch" visible at the top of the foundation towards the left is where the man-door will go.

    Do you see our cat? :)