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Ryding Free...
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Building a Wilderness Homestead in the PNW.

Previously, from WR:

http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=354630

Well, it’s that time of the year again and it was with a buzzy heart I boarded the great plane west for the Americas! :)

On the flight there were no dramas, on the ground at Chicago it was business as usual. The Customs folks read my declarations, checked my lithium batteries and all was well. Apart from my hand-baggage the main bulk of my gear was not searched. Nearby my position a Lebanese dude was having the full search done as multiple food packages were inspected. I think they were ok with him in the end though.

As I passed through the airport into the main area with my bags I thought it was going well, until the weather turned…

Great thunderous rain and clouds drenched mid-west America. Nearly all American Airlines flights were grounded and mine was no exception, 'cancelled' read the flight to Denver, as were nearly every other airline flight to the mid-west.

After taking my turn to queue at the 'rebookings' telephone quad I got talking to a woman about what to do next. I ended being routed onto a Miami-Denver flight the following morning, there was nothing to do but wait it out and people-watch until sleep claimed me for a few hours. As I drifted into sleep I wondered how my little Cabin Shed from last year fared over the hostile-winter.

I woke up at midnight and wandered around, in the main area lots of people had been given cots and blankets, but not the Ryder. They’d all be handed out already!

As I was about to head back to the fringes an older woman saw my wanderings and let me share hers instead so it wasn’t all bad. :) We slept tail to tail on a four seat bench against the wall so it wasn’t exactly side by side action for those that wonder. :eek:

In the morning she had gone and a New Jersey Jew-dude was sat nearby instead. As I roused myself from sleep and bundled up the blanket he was talking on his phone loudly about business back east and the delays, he mentioned about how some people had been stuck at the airport for a WEEK!
I hoped I would not be there that long and headed over to my departure gate before it was too late.

The good news was I was now booked onto a direct Denver flight. Apart from some frizzy-attitude from the growling check-in woman (she was a bit over-worked) all was well.

The bad news soon became apparent on landing. I was fine with the lack of altitude sickness, but the delayed baggage had me a bit on-edge. No trace was showing up and it was a case of wait-and-see.
I had no spare clothing nor my Ram Pump project gear and of course my scout unit.

I headed to the base to the north hoping the White Baron and the other expensive gear was unmolested.
Mountain Mike was there at city-base and we set up the usual tent for me to crash out in. Mike let me borrow a tent and some old sleeping bags for mattressing. My other Canadian sleeping bag was swiftly washed and dried.

0600hrs next morning I heard an apparition tapping on my tent. It was MM Mike.

“Emergency sorta,” he said and I got dressed to see what the fuss was about.

To my relief the baggage had arrived, but it had been dumped on the doorstep of Mike’s house without even the courtesy of a doorbell or knock at the door. No phone-call had been made either. Still nothing had been taken, although a TSA card inside my backpack said that ‘for the security of America’ my bag had been searched.

That drama over with it was time to get prepared for the expedition. This time I have to scout out a niche in the PNW and do some work on my land in Wyoming! It’ll be a buzzy busy time but should be fruitful!

First stop was mundane things like insurance and tags for the number plates. Then came the big project work – My Ram Pump! This would really get things going on the Hold, I could move water uphill with it! Then there's the build itself!

More to follow, watch this space...
 

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Welcome back...
Come on now - it just wouldn't feel right getting back to Denver if everything went perfectly. Those litttle hairs would stand up on the back of your neck...whats going on here, somethings up?!?!?!?!?!?
 

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Guess I will post some now.

I am not sure about the Paradise WR is writing about in the title of this thread though? Colorado, maybe some parts still paradise-like, if any are not over-developed yet. Wyoming, Idaho and Montana paradise, definitely yes But only some parts.

And I won't go into much about what I would like to tell about. Just say that most of my internet enemies would be glad to know IF I was not able to go up to my mountain paradise / retreat / Hold this summer. I Hope to get up there just before the 4th of July. I hate to not be up there then since Greeley, CO where I am stuck in far too often, even right now is very crowded with the "World's largest 4th of July rodeo" as they say.

Mainly I must still help my old mom and dad here in Greeley. They were ok last summer and my Dad even mowed the lawn then. But I don't want to go on and on about all of that.

WR did escape Colorado and this stinkin city which he calls the Greeley Grotto. He left for the mountain paradise and Encampment, Wyoming around 10 a.m. today so he should be up there by now. I guess he won't be up there too long and from there will go to Montana and look around more of the Redoubt States. I like to just call the still most free states. Although no state is perfect, especially since the WY county my land is in and the people there sent me a letter saying that I still owed some property taxes and that they would put the land up for a tax sale in August!! I am going to send them the proof that they are wrong with the receipt which says "Fully Paid"

Anyway, I Hope someday soon I can live permanently on my mtn place and Never go back to Colorado, even though I was born in Greeley, CO. Once on my mtn place alone or hopefully with one or more good people around ( a survival group ) then it will be a very small hermit kingdom. Sorta but if I can build most of what I wish to, such as a 10 or 12 foot high log fence with barbed wire etc. etc. and a great deal more then I can start living a much much more Hardcore true survivalist life....

Later and WR will likely be posting many pics, videos and interesting stories so hope quite a few will be following this thread until at least November....
 

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the people there sent me a letter saying that I still owed some property taxes and that they would put the land up for a tax sale in August!! I am going to send them the proof that they are wrong with the receipt which says "Fully Paid"
Hey Mike!

Just send a notarized copy. Never let go of your original receipt. It's too apt to get lost in transit and there you'll be. No receipt.

Take care! :)
 

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I saw this thread and had to go back and read the other two to catch up. I will be watching this one with interest this summer. Hope you get back where you belong soon, Mike!
Nice and even amazing that you went back and read the previous two adventure threads of WR's. His threads can be found in his statistics on his profile or even begin at the link at the beginning of this thread, for anyone else who has missed his pic and video packed threads.

Hey Mike!

Just send a notarized copy. Never let go of your original receipt. It's too apt to get lost in transit and there you'll be. No receipt.

Take care! :)
Thanks and I am here at the Greeley library and made 5 copies of all the pages and proof and receipts and the money order receipts also with the date etc. I don't think I will notarize them for they Surely can see that the receipts and hand writing is theirs.

They accused me once before over 20 years ago of not paying property taxes and I had to drive to Rawlins, WY the county seat. I Should be able to have it taken care of through mail. Maybe a phone call if necessary. I should add a note about that mountain land being Very valuable to me since 1987. No thing is more important to me than that land etc.
I could also threaten them with my lawyer getting involved and more but threats would likely make it worse.

That land, not including the buildings, sheds, half cabin, bunker etc., is supposed to be worth at least $50,000. Vacant land with No utilities such as no electricity except for my generator and solar panels. No running water except two springs and no sewer etc. And the land is covered in snow from October to late June, sometimes July.
And IF I did not take care of it or send them the "$177 payment including interest" they would sell it for taxes and in my mind, would be stealing it! Not too unlike many peoples around the world getting their land stolen from them in the past.

All I will write about that. Although by mid July I will tell what happens with those property taxes.

WR should be updating if he stops by the Encampment library someday soon.
 

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It takes YEARS before property around here is sold because of back taxes. I know because a house that was just used for parties was finally sold for...$25. My neighbor who bought it didn't even have to pay any of the fines or back taxes due. He's probably spent a small fortune cleaning it up and repairing the damages though.
 

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Wow, some brisk traffic on the thread!

Ok, at the databurst library now, still go this nightmare flu but the worst of it has past.

The Hold is fine. Mike's new Cabin is fine, no damage.

My Cabin Shed is fine, roof held up well, it held up so well that a small family of mice took up residence!

Got all the boxes out of it, let the place air out. Apart from an old airbed and fleece hat I had to trash the contents were unscathed from the winter blasts!

The old Ram-Pipes at the spring had snapped thanks to the force of wintery snowpack.
However, this year I have big plans to fix the water once and for all!

The Great Gates of Rohan still stand true BUT one side has sagged ever so slightly. Hopefully it won't get any worse (a third hinge may be needed). I'll have to redrill and align the locking bolt lugs for that.

I've completed the work there and the place is ready for work again. I've taken pictures but like a dolt forgot my camera so it's just text this time alas.

I've finally sold the Wolverine! I was sad in some ways to see it go, but at least it will be going to a local guy who wants it as a project to work on. Better that than it be scrapped.

I picked up the super-duper grip-hoist from the Trading Post, I think the owner was a bit peeved at the time my Wolverine was in storage, but should cheer up now someone is going to collect it.

I can't stay too long at the Hold, as the water filters are locked in secure storage so I have to rely on water brought up, boiled or manually filtered. That's no-ones fault though, just the way things panned out.

I have a lot to do this time. Hopefully it will mean a firm foundation for the future, but only time will tell.

In the meantime here's recap of last years doings:

 

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Mike, don't mess around with that tax bill. It's more than worth the trip to Rawlins to get it straightened out. These bureaucracies can be a nightmare. Whether it is their mistake or yours doesn't matter at this point. Get it fixed ASAP. Otherwise you might be defending your homestead sooner than you'd like. Sometimes it's originally only an oversight of a dollar or two and then with penalties and interest it grows absurdly.
 

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Well, all is well. The flu is almost gone and the sun is blazing on down!

I managed to set up the trusty Big Berkeley with filters. I cleaned out the cases thoroughly with spring water and dishwasher fluid. One of the gaskets popped out and dingled down a gap in MMM's garden. After moving plant-pots I got it sorted. The water filter is strapped in to a tree and on a table so no danger of it falling or being knocked etc.

I cleaned out the cabin shed of nearly all the mice poop and binned a bunch of trash.

If I was feeling at my best I'd let the White Baron take to the skies, but as it is I can't risk it.

Ram Pump continues, managed to get fifty feet of pipe installed direct from the spring. This pipe is 1 1/2 inch in diameter and is pouring about 10 - 15 gallons a minute! However this will drop off as the summer progresses onward.

Installed a small 35 gallon water tank too. This will hopefully be fed from the Ram Pump.

Pictures to follow...
 

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This is part of a trailer project. MMM suggested i get one to help with hauling stuf around.

It weights in at about 200 lbs and only cost me $270.

The downside? I have to build it!







 

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Looking down from the Ryder's Redoubt...



There's not much snow now, just a few patches in the shady areas, all clear on the Golden Hill though.

I partially remove some stuff from the Cabin Shed. It stood up great to the snow! I wonder how it will fare when the heavy snow years come?

 

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These two posts haven't moved at all either!



MMM's Cabin stands strong, it would take an Ice Age to crush this thing!



Patchy snow but it's hard to see:



My view of the world outside...

 

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Looks like you knew what you were doing on the trailer assembly.

Tomjracer is right on the wheel bearings. The chinese bearings are noted for failure. You might want to try to get some replacements early on. I built my chinese trailer and replaced the axle with an American made one when one burned out on the original.
 
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