“So what do we do now?” she was breathing hard, leaning against the wall of rock on one side of the path wide enough for one – staying as far as she could from the opposite side, the side that dropped almost straight down seventy feet.
“What do you mean? We keep going,” pushing her helped keep me going. I wanted to crumple in place and cry but this wasn’t about me. “Just a little farther; there’s a place where we can rest a bit,” I said, to encourage her as much as myself. She gave me a quick look that held no affection and started trudging along the path, brushing the rocks on our right – never looking to the left. I followed, watching her, seeing nothing else. The place of refuge was too distant to think about, as spent as we were, now was not the time to think of anything but our next step. She started to cry, not loud, but her breathing changed and her back trembled like she was trying to hold the tears back, I heard her sniff and put one hand lightly on her back, it made me feel stronger, somehow it gave me hope – being able to comfort her.
Sandwich eaten! Start up the motor that runs the wench and raise the bucket up just enough to clear the top of the drilling table. Be careful when it gets above the table because it will swing like a pendulum – keep those fingers out of the way! Put one hand on the top edge of the bucket and line it up with the hole in the drilling table. Lower it into the drilling table about a foot and let it hang. We need a way to transport this thing! Drill or cut two inch-and-a-half holes about half way up each opposite side of the bucket – straight across from each other. Now find a piece of one inch round steel about five feet long. (There should be one lying around somewhere, an old digging bar would work and might prove useful on a jobsite someday.) Slide the bar through both holes so it sticks out about a foot on each side of the bucket. Lower the drilling bucket until it is sitting on the round bar and the bar on the table. Make the connection from bucket to the Kelly bar connection loose, this may take a little juggling of the wench lever but when the time is right the bolt that connects the bucket to the Kelly bar will slip out easily. Now there should be a holder for the Kelly bar on the mast of the drill you bought. If there is place the bottom of the Kelly bar into that bracket and lower the mast. (If there is no holder you will need to provide one, a steel cup to hold the end of the Kelly bar with a hole drilled through the sides to run our bolt through should suffice.) That done it’s time to drive our drill rig to a job site and see what it can do!