Suzassippi’s hauling transport: State of the Art equipment

Have I got some dirt for you!

After the completion of the water treatment installation, there was a bit of dirt left over, and the destination was behind the retaining wall to fill in the space between the yard and the wall. The dirt pile is at the top of the incline from the driveway…and had to be moved from there across the driveway and up the incline on the other side. Just in case you have forgotten (after all, the partially completed retaining wall has been sitting there unfinished for the last 3 months) here is how it looked a few days ago.

I moved the Gorilla Cart and my three trusty Homer buckets, located the shovel, and got to work.

Three hours and 6, 956 steps (3.2) miles of hauling buckets of dirt uphill, lifting out said buckets to dump into the trenches, shoveling dirt back into the buckets, and repeating the process over and over, this is what it looked like.

I still had the remaining 2/3 of the east wall to finish, but I was “finished”. Rain was due in last night, and I knew it would settle the back-fill significantly and I would have more work to do. I was jolted awake at 2 AM with a thunderclap so loud it rattled the windows.

After the rain:

At least someone is happy about the rain…

Frog camo

I should probably rename this Sisyphus Hill instead of Taylor Hill. And in a side note of learning something new, while we all likely know the Greek myth of Sisyphus, did you know about Albert Camus, the French author who added his analysis? I did not, but it sounds like exactly my kind of story.

Camus uses the Greek legend of Sisyphus, who is condemned by the gods for eternity to repeatedly roll a boulder up a hill only to have it roll down again once he got it to the top, as a metaphor for the individual’s persistent struggle against the essential absurdity of life. According to Camus, the first step an individual must take is to accept the fact of this absurdity. …the only alternative is to rebel by rejoicing in the act of rolling the boulder up the hill (emphasis mine). Camus further argues that with the joyful acceptance of the struggle against defeat, the individual gains definition and identity.

Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia (Retrieved May 1, 2022). The Myth of Sisyphus. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Myth-of-Sisyphus

Let the rejoicing continue!

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16 Responses to Suzassippi’s hauling transport: State of the Art equipment

  1. Cathy says:

    Oh, your aching back! Looks good! Retaining wall is doing its job, too!

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  3. Backbreaking work! I’m applauding.

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  4. Betty says:

    You are very ambitious! Try not to think of Sisyphus too much while you are moving the dirt. Just try to have faith the size of a mustard seed. That should work! Good luck!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      I am sometimes a little slow on the uptake, but like a dog with a bone, I tend not to let go until I get it. Maybe that mountain will get moved eventually, but currently, it is a pile of mud. Boo hoo!

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  5. Kudos to you! That was a major undertaking.

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  6. Quoting Camus? He is a bit hard to read. But his novel, The Plague (La Peste), is quite interesting. It has echos of how we mismanaged the virus here in USA. I think I will reread it, but not in French. Regardless, good for you in moving dirt.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thanks, be sure to let me know if there are any tips about managing–it floors me that folks are still walking around like there is no virus and no risk. But hey, I can just go move some more dirt. 🙂

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  7. Julia says:

    Wow! Just reading this made me tired and sweaty! I hope you have enough dirt to fit behind your retaining wall.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      When it dries out enough for me to get back over to the pile without sinking up to my ankles, I will see how it goes. I was hoping to get it done before that nice soft dirt hardened to clay. It is always something, so I might as well roll a boulder up the hill, too. 🙂

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  8. Good for you, even if the rain did do a number on all that dirt you hauled. I have always thought those step counters should have a place to enter what you were pulling, pushing, rolling, carrying, or dragging when you did those steps.

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