October 2017 - HDD Inspection Part 2 then Brutally Sick till Halloween

The first half of October I was still on site working away as an HDD inspector.  Got the hell out of there after 42 days total and saw Canadian Legend Matt Minglewood in GP on my way home.  Back in Calgary to recover, but not really as I contracted a brutal fever for most of the last 2 weeks of the month. Brutal!

The Life of Brad "near death" flu...

HDD Inspection Part 2 as the project did not finish until mid October.  In all we were about 6 days over on the schedule and a second HDD rig had to be added to the Exit in order to help the Entry rig get the bit to surface.  Which meant that I had to leave my Entry side 1.5 hours before shift start in order to permit the Exit Rig. Long dark nights with over 300 km driving in my now 14 hour shift.

All that pipe should be in the ground!

Full moon fever

Love these mornings going to town
every 2 weeks for groceries

Taylor Gas Plant in the distance

Oh shit, do I have winter tyres?






































Near the end of the HDD job I had to do 3 hour round trips to the Exit side well into the bush. This consisted of gravel and cattle filled roads in the dark.  And longer shifts because of the drive.  

Sunset Road

220 Rig on the Exit side

Poor planning Bodyjob with Pup.
Driver drove in thinking there was a
turn around spot, but no.

So...the hoe had to drag the back end of the Pup around
the rig.  Tight site!

I got my eyes on you!

This deer stayed in my highlights for 2 km!

Sunset Road


Check out the Flare Stack going off in the middle of the night at Septimus Plant.  What a sight.

Septimus Plant


View from Sunset Road

Incredible Sunrises

Septimus Valley

And the bit finally made it 1700+ m later

A sweet sunrise knowing the end
was near.

Final night on the Exit side as we pulled the product pipe

On Entry side.  Done!
Ready for the pipeline crew.



I'm done, this video truly demonstrates my joy that the job was done and I was heading home.  Uncontainable happiness!

What views, I'll miss them.



One night stop in Grande Prairie to have a beer and good meal and by chance watch a Canadian Legend - Matt Minglewood who was great.  Blues / country I suppose.  I almost didn't see the show as the cover was $26! for a guy I never heard of.  In the end it was well worth it.

Oh Yeah, 42 days without is
long enough my love.

Better than Fred's bar in downtown GP

Matt Minglewood
Sick as a dog until Halloween...

Another Garth and Jenny Halloween Party.  As always great costumes, food, and this year a Magic Show. Plus I hung out in the Crawler Camper most of the night at the back of the yard which is so cool and cosy. 
Family pumpkin carve.
Mine, Derek's, Kate/Bonny's

Awesome! Brain salsa too!
Magic!

Yay, 18 C on Halloween weekend, wtf.  Very warm.

Pete the Cornel and Pablo Escobar

Other Stuff

Tireless vehicles look so broken

Do it yourself tire balancing.

Matt likes Turbo.  If you take him off
he cries. Took me a few tries to leave.

Yet another sign of victimisation. Buying a coke with money
you don't even have.  It's up to us to
STOP THEM BLEEDING US DRY!