In non-Jeep related news:
Completed my first Triathon!!!!!
It was just a sprint triathlon (300M swim, 14mi bike, 3mi run) but I've been training for a while (it was my distraction from wanting to spend on the Jeep while we saved up for the house) and did *really* well. Like....shattered my personal bests on all 3 legs of the race.
So very happy about that.
My parents were down in Texas this weekend to cheer me on for the triathlon, so I got a chance to show them around camp and the new house.
I really take for granted *just* how much the Islander gets used as a true Jeep. It's definitely not a street queen. The whole back area of camp was pretty badly flooded and we had to check on some of the hog traps and check some of the back roads and the road to the shooting range was near impassible. And because some idiot decided to buy a 2WD truck as the camp vehicle, there are often times where the Islander is the *only* vehicle that can make it to the outskirts of camp. Add that to pulling trailers and the log splitter around to where needed and pushing stalled trucks of the way and it *really* ends up being a workhorse.
Did I mention that *everything* in that above paragraph happened *yesterday*!?
Meanwhile my poor YJ has been feeling pretty neglected, just sitting in the parking lot lately, but that's about to change....
New YJ build philosophy: Wannabe Tractor
Hell, it's already a green and yellow build, might as well make it a John Deere, ha ha.
I kind of stupidly passed up the opportunity to buy the current homeowner's tractor for $2,000, which was a great deal, but more upfront cash than I can throw around right now.
I figure I'll need to find some old mud terrains or tractor tires (there's lots of used tire shops near us) and throw those on there. I'll have to use a riding mower/zero turn for the front 2 acres of lawn, but the back three acres are a previously cleared/now overgrown underbrush.
This normally wouldn't be so bad, except that a lot of it is poison oak mixed amongst scrub oak and provides *really* good cover for copperheads like the one that gave me a heart attack yesterday when I almost stepped on it.
I'll have to pick up (or fab) a chain harrow:
That'll clear up most of the underbrush and do the light grading on the driveway and I've got the HF Utility trailer I got when I moved that'll work well around the property, especially once I start moving dirt to put in the patio and range backstop.
For the planned garden, I'd love a small 4' disc harrow, but I'll probably just settle for renting a roto-tiller once a year.
I'm still doing lots of research, though. Anyone out there know more about homesteading and can give me some advice?