Ok, let’s wrap this up. So it’s Friday afternoon. I’m stuck in the middle of my new landlord’s access road and blocking her comings and goings. With Sparta’s hindquarters dragging in heavy gravel, there was no going forward. Reversing my path, while an option, would be like threading a needle in the dark while looking in a mirror – at least to this novice driver. This called for quick thinking and resolute decision-making. I had to figure out a way to get Sparta’s tail-end up off the ground so that I could drag her – still limping and minus a wheel – the remaining 75 yards up a hill. I came up with a plan. Lower the nose and raise the tail with an 8″ drop hitch and lift her rear end with a forklift to help clear the transition zone from flat to slope. I ordered the necessary equipment from the rental place for delivery early the next day and then did the only thing I could. I left Sparta floundering on the rocks and tried to relax by the pool to let go of my angst.
My plan required an assist and this was provided by Pedro, a heavy equipment operator and, on this day, my forklift guy. With Sparta’s nose lowered thanks to the new drop hitch, Pedro was able to slip the forks in under her rear, adjusting their tilt carefully so as not to pierce her soft underbelly. As he lifted and pushed I pulled and, together, we were able to free Sparta from her imprisonment.