It isn't very often I get out, let alone drive for 10 hours. But, that is exactly what I did last weekend. I, like many here, follow Ryan Kuster on How Farms Work. I have followed about 3 or 4 years. His older brother Travis has his own channel, The Rest of the Story. Both channels are unique in their own way. Cotontop3 (Tim) and One Lonely Farmer (Wes) were there also !
I live in Newark, Ohio, so I started out early Friday morning , and rolled into Platteville, Wisconsin about 6 their time.
Saturday morning came..and I was ready.....Go-Pro on a selfie stick , video camera to get some good footage, and my phone to do Facebook Livestreams. I had everything all planned out what I was going to say...what I was going to film.....it went downhill from there....lol
I had trouble with the wheelchair...wet grass and hills do not mix....So, finally, I get up to the farm...and there is Ryan ! I get in line...there were not that many people in line when I got there so....charge on! I shook his hand and said I am so glad to meet you, I have been a fan of yours for a long time. Ryan said...pardon me? I was so flustered by the wheelchair...and to be honest, I was star struck and at a loss of ability to speak right. I flubbed it up, so the line is growing, I try to get my message across and went on my way. (weren't you going to film that?)
This area of Wisconsin, is very hilly, so I had to pick my path very careful. I get down to the equipment area...OMFSM, I was in heaven with all the tedders, rakes, tractors and a Terra-Gator....I scooted up to this guy on a 4-wheeler....Travis...and he and I have a great conversation...He knew my name from the comments sections and I guess that put me more at ease. Cameras are still on my lap.
So, I went off by myself, finally getting some camera work, did 2 livestreams. I got maybe 1/3 of what I had planned. I am trying to stitch something together, but, nothing is telling a story.... so , still working on it.
Now I am really pissed at myself, but glad I came...I was the thirteenth ticket sold...out of maybe 500. I was looking forward to it. Jumped in my car (lol ) turned right instead of left and ended up in Potosi Wi......now everything is looking familiar from their videos...oh yeah, that's where Ryan took his tractors to get washed (school car wash )...lol. So, GPS has me headed the right way...but still out in BFE.....wait...what is that....a Krone BigX with a forage header on it,
followed by 2 Case tractors with forage wagons on the back...hey!!! I've driven those!!!! sort of....kinda....maybe?
All in all...a great weekend for me...I met the most down-to-earth, friendliest people, you would ever want to meet. I met their Dad...I met Travis' new wife Brittany , their sister Alecia (sp?) and her great husband who got me out of the slippery valley, and helped me get my chair back in my car. It wore me out, and took me a few days to get back to normal....would I do it again? In a heartbeat !! There will be another Farm Day next year, if you get the chance....look me up, I will be the fat ugly dude rolling down that hill!!!