A big mountain bike THANK YOU goes out to Dave (ibisman) and Rich F. (lumber pickup & carrying tools) for coming out to help me today !
I couldn't have done it without you. Of course, the job turned out to be bigger and harder than anticipated. 5 plus hours of 3 riders labor.
After tearing the trim off the sides, the screws holding the planking down just broke off and spun, so we had to pry everyone of them off with
crowbars. Once we got those removed, the support on the southeast end had been badly eroded leaving no dirt under that side and that board was
rotten as well and had to be replaced. Much digging in rock hard clay needed to place the new cross member (you can see that step in the picture).
As we were doing this we spotted at least a half dozen frogs chillin' out on the banks of the creek & then a huge (3" in diameter) female Fishing spider
came up with a huge egg sack under her belly (much have disturbed her little nest?) Once we got the new 12 foot 4" x 6" pressure treated stringers in
place, the planking began and Dave and I got those screwed down rather quickly. Keep in mind that the sun was cooking the water out of our bodies.
Like Dave mentioned, we need to get the south eastern transition in place (just a temporary one for now) and I will come back to install the side trim.
But, I think the new bridge is better and stronger than it was (we pushed further into the eroded bank) and all the wood is treated this time, so it should
last longer than the original one. This was the very first bridge that I installed 6 years ago, but it's a very important one that connects the East loop.