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Z Crew: Update before we hit the road

headshot2Limon, CO: Saturday afternoon around 3pm the Z Crew officially finished harvest in Colorado. The rest of the afternoon was spent doing miscellaneous chores and then we had an evening of company with the farmer and his family.

We all dreaded Sunday morning. Jamie, Curt and Eli left the trailer about 10am to head back to Nebraska. They arrived safely home on Sunday night. And Sunday morning/afternoon/evening was spent cleaning the combine and header, greasing trucks, adjusting breaks and prepping for the long trip to Montana. We got the job finished right before the rain started to fall.

Now I sit here on Monday in a trailer house half way “tore down” and ready to hit the road. Mom and Dad drove out to the farm early this morning to settle up with the farmer and drive the trucks back to town. Once they’re in town we’ll finish packing up the trailer, hook it up and be on the road.

This trip to Montana will be a little bit different than any other trip we’ve ever made. To save a few days and a whole lot of miles, we’ve recruited the help of the farmer’s nephew to move equipment north. We’ll have a full caravan on the road!

Jim: Peterbilt, combine trailer, tractor trailer
Tracy: Freightliner, car trailer hauling the service pickup
Taylor: Dually pulling the trailer house
Callie: minivan
Chanse: farmer’s pickup hauling the header trailer

We’ve got a long three days ahead of us. As long as “nothing blows up” we should make it to Jordan, Montana in good time on Wednesday. Wish us luck on the road!

Z Crew: Garage nights
Some of my fondest memories from this summer were made in this garage. We are very blessed to work with such great people.

Z Crew: Basketball Game
After a filling dinner I don’t know how the guys can even pick up a basketball.

Z Crew: Cheerleaders
Me, Charley (farmer’s granddaughter), Callie and Riley (farmer’s granddaughter) are just fine cheering from the sidelines.

Z Crew: Mini Truck Driver
Eli loved to pretend to drive the “go-go’s.” This is the closest thing to a smile I could get. He was too busy making noises and driving like a madman.

Z Crew: Funky clouds
Sunday, long before it started to rain, the clouds began to move in.

Z Crew: Helpin' Cal
Callie’s small enough that she crawled into the back of the combine to help Dad with a little project.

Z Crew: Loading the Combine
Rushed by rain, we got the combine loaded in record time.

Z Crew: Rain moving in
As Dad backed up to hook up the tractor trailer, the rain lingered to the northwest.

Z Crew: Miss Riley
Miss Riley points to Limon on the Lincoln County map in the shop office.

Z Crew: Batman
Very involved in 4-H and the Elbert County fair, the kids had their steers out to get ready for the upcoming week. This is Batman.

Z Crew: Russel
And here’s Russel.

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  • dan
    Posted at 07:38h, 29 July

    Back in prehistoric times, I had Callie’s job, climbing inside the machine to handle repairs.
    Only differences
    I was much younger and smaller than Callie when I started going into the depths of that 1924 IH threshing machine with a 24″ throat.
    The next ten years, replaced hundreds of rock maple rocker panel bushings, straightened as many bent sheet metal points on the shaker pans.
    Fair warning to Papa Zorian — In case you haven’t noticed, Callie is growing into a beautiful young woman.
    Yeah, what happens — First, you are wiping baby noses, then suddenly you have these young gentlemen volunteering to help with chores around your home and farm and equipment — Because your baby girl is there.
    The real blessing, she has grown during her lifetime with a real family, with summers on the harvest trail in the real world.
    No endless summers of swimming pools, tennis courts and sleeping in every morning.
    Eventually, some blessed young man will discover the exterior beauty is excelled by an inner strength and real abilities possessed by few young women.
    Congratulations to the Zorian parents for success in being parents.