The bearded wheat I showed on this blog a few days ago ripened and I found Earl York, Jr. and his son Rodney hard at work combining it. The Yorks run a fertilizer and seed business as well as producing corn, soybeans and small grains. This year they have several hundred acres in wheat, and so far the harvest looks pretty good. Thank goodness for air conditioned combines, because when I stopped by where they were working, the mercury was near 100 degrees. Although, with all farm equipment, you have to get out of the cab and work on things once in a while.
Watching the 24 Hours of Le Mans this afternoon, and it's putting me in the mood for sportscar racing. Guess I'll have to wait till later on in the year and maybe I can catch a glimpse of something like this vintage Maserati 450S running at Virginia International Raceway.
For those of you who have wondered what happens when you have a flat tire on a tractor, fyi, you don't take the tire and rim to a tire shop, the shop comes to you. Curtis Hildreth from Thomas Tire in Asheboro, North Carolina came to the farm to fix a leak on my old International. Before he could remove the tire from the rim and replace the tube, he had to pump out about 55 gallons of fluid. The "water" is in the tires to add weight and help provide traction. Air powered pumps and jacks helped, but pure muscle did most of the work.
Misc images from this year's Tour de Lions, the annual fund raiser for the Grays Chapel Lions Club. Proceeds from the race/ride fund the club's work with the blind and visually impaired. This year brought a gorgeous day and a record number of riders.