Friday, November 5, 2021

Wrap Up

Where Are We Today
The Ridge, Priceville Ontario

Our journey south for the winter of 2021/22 is about to begin, after having to spend a winter here in Ontario, we are excited and so looking forward to getting back to Arizona.

Walls going up

I finally stopped working on Oct. 29th, a whole month later than originally planned. We had started building a new shed, 30 ft x 50 ft back in September. A structure with 14 ft. high walls and then the 6/12 pitch roof. The walls were built in sections and then raised with a fork lift into position. The roof was built on the ground in two sections and then lifted into place by a crane. Next the roof was covered with steel and then the same for the walls and finally the gable ends.

All the walls up and braced

First half of roof built in on the cement floor.

Second half built outside on the ground

First half being lifted up in place

Second half being lifted into place

An hour and a half later

Steel going on. That's me in the lift.

As “Chillin with Patsy “has reported that we have been putting away and closing up “The Ridge” for a couple of weeks now with just a few items to take care of this week. The closing up of my “Hangar” and cargo trailer after getting two planes ready to take south with us, covering a plant, taking down the flag pole and putting away the recycle bins. Finally, today, Friday, November 5, 2021, we packed the last of the items in the storage compartment of the trailer and the items that ride in the back of the truck.

Roof steel all on.

Although these tasks went smoothly, the week wasn’t without some anxiety and concern over our Black Beauty. I took her into our mechanic for an oil change on Monday, they gave the truck a going over knowing that we were about to head out on our trip south. They found that the front brake pads although still safe were getting to the point that they may have to be changed before coming home. I wasn’t surprised knowing the kms. on them, so said to go ahead and change them.  They also found oil leaking from behind the vacuum pump so we had that changed as they have to tear so much apart to get at and also replace the original drive belt as it was getting worn and covered in oil from the leak. All that done and had her back home on Tuesday. Wednesday morning went out, started her up and the check engine light came on, back to the shop where they found that heater in the tank for the DEF fluid wasn’t working, of course this is the first cold morning of the season. Being swamped they said to leave it and they would have it ready for the end of the week, keeping their promise, we had it back by 11 this morning, a heavy sigh of relieve and smiles all around.

Windows are in and the wall steel going on.

Getting our last propane tank refill in town, giving Black Beauty a much needed wash and fill up with fuel we are ready to hook up in the morning and leave “The Ridge”. The first stretch of our journey will be short, just about a 45-minute drive down to the town of Alma, Ontario to the Alma Community Centre where my daughter Krystal and soon to be son-in-law Matt will be having their wedding reception. We have permission to stay in the parking lot overnight and leave from there Sunday morning. From there we will travel to CanAm RV in London to park in their lot overnight Sunday and leave early Monday morning to cross the border at Sarnia.

That’s the plan anyways, you know how Jello jiggles, stay tune to see how it all turns out. Of course, you will probably read all about it first in Patsy's post.

Gable steel on the south end

Thanks for stopping by, until the next time, take care and stay safe.


The north end gable steel and it's all done.


  1. That is one beautiful shed/barn . If I had the room for one I would have you swing by and build me one on the way south . Have a safe trip and glad they opened things up for you snowbirds . ( I always read both of your blogs ) Vern in Boise Id

    1. Thanks Vern, I enjoyed being part of the crew who built it. WE too are happy that the border has opened and looking forward to our winter south.

  2. Love that barn/shed! See you soon I'm hoping!!

    1. Thanks, we are definitely looking to see you also. We will feel a whole lot better when we get across the border.

  3. Sounds like all is a go. Glad BB got fixed quickly and the shed is finished.

  4. Hi Bill, Pat, 'Gibbs": So nice to read your blog and we're amazed you did such a wonderful job in your building skills. Lots of room for your planes.
    We're happy for you that things are working out for your travels; best of luck. It was unfortunate that you had truck problems prior to leaving. Hope you enjoy the wedding reception tonight. Have a great trip! Love, Jeffrey, Joan, 'Aurora'

  5. Things fell into place nicely and the timing was perfect, too. You guys have a safe trip south-west and enjoy your time down there. The construction work projects you worked on during the last year were all great. Something to be proud of!

  6. Hope one of those planes you packed away is the long awaited Corsair.

    1. Sorry the Corsair is on the back burner. I have the Timber and the Giles 202.

  7. Looks like a job well done.
    The problem with travels is even though you think you are ready something always pops up unexpectedly.
    Safe Travels and Enjoy your time south.
    My friend Wayne is already in Quartzsite. Stop in and say Hello.

    It's about time.

    1. Thanks Rick,I will be sure to say hi to Wayne when we get to Quartzsite in January.