Thursday, May 9, 2013

Adventures in Bus Driving

It rained. It finally rained and we got 1 1/2 inches on the farm. That will really help when John plants corn this weekend.

However....

RAIN + PARTIALLY FINISHED DRIVEWAY = AN ADVENTURE!
At 7:00 a.m., the bus pulled into the drive as usual.  The bus got stuck before it even made it to our brand-new sidewalk.

John got out the "big guns"... the 9320 John Deere Tractor (pulling a sweep, used for tillage - it would have taken too long to unhook the sweep so he just brought both).
I'm just glad John stayed home a little later than usual this morning.  Can you imagine what would have happened if he hadn't?  Can you picture me doing this?  I think not.

John and Joe, the bus driver, hooked the bus to the back of the sweep with a chain and John started to pull the bus out of the muck.

The bus, moving along nicely.  Look at the dirt it's pushing in front of the wheel.

Rounding the corner of what will be the circular drive (you can see the big pile of dirt to the left of the bus - it was excavated from the drive so they could lay gravel or some other road-creating material).

Rounding the corner... and the bus got stuck.  For a minute there I was worried the bus would tip over with my children inside.

John got out and decided to try to dig away some of the mountain of dirt.

He thought better of it and hooked up the tractor again so they could pull straight east, into the field.

Going over the mountain of dirt again, and again my heart was in my throat, afraid the bus would tip over.

John and Joe hooked the tractor back up again so they could head north back toward the road.

It worked and they made it to the road.

Thirty minutes later and the bus is on its way again.

Never a dull moment, for sure!

5 comments:

Jennilee said...

that is really funny!! glad it only took 30mins and all is well!!

Katie said...

So crazy! Good thing you have someone with expertise and equipment around!

ajwhet10 said...

Oh MY! John is Glen's kinda guy for sure! Glad you have him. (Was it a new bus-driver?) You place is going to be fantastic, by the way!

Christine said...

Aunt Amy, the bus driver is very experienced. He's had an adventuresome week - yesterday, on a field trip, he saved a run away truck filled with bird seed. He is a great bus driver.

Diana W. Windley said...

Wow...that's something you don't see every day!