Ron & Elena's 2011 Travels travel blog

Here is the tire that failed on the drive to Hastings, NE...

... considering how badly it was damaged those last few miles of...

Downtown Phillipsburg has wide streets. Cars park on both sides and in...

The red oval shows where the weld on the hitch head is...

Close-up of that weld.

There's a grove of trees beside our campsite. Yesterday a big hawk...

Here's the wheat my cousin gave us. Easy to see there's still...

But our improvised winnowing technique removed the chaff quite easily.

We milled a couple cups of wheat ...

... in the Vita-Mix just to make sure it would work.

In just a few seconds we had nice fine flour.


(Ron Writing) We had planned to leave Phillipsburg yesterday morning but we’ve been delayed. When I inspected the hitch equipment just prior to hooking up the trailer I noticed cracks in some of the welds on the hitch head. After some on-line shopping I ordered a new replacement hitch. That was shipped today and is expected to get here early next week. Until then we will just be relaxing in our very nice campground in Phillipsburg.

After the rainy weekend, the past couple days have been just about perfect. Both yesterday and today it was in the low 70’s. We’ve been doing a little work at home, going for walks, reading and relaxing.

Elena has been looking for some hard red wheat berries so she could try to grind it her self, as she needs it. One of my cousins raises a lot of wheat and on Monday he brought several pounds from the farm and gave it to Elena. He said it was a pre-Christmas gift. That wheat came directly from the combine, which does an excellent job of threshing and winnowing the wheat as it is harvested in the field. But the combine doesn’t remove all the chaff so today we winnowed the wheat much like it was done for centuries before people had machinery for this job. Elena held an electric fan while I poured the wheat from a cup through the air stream and caught it on a cookie sheet. That method removed almost all the remaining chaff but we still removed a little by hand when we examined it spread out on the cookie sheet. Then we tried milling a little of the wheat in Elena’s Vita Mix. It reduced the wheat berries to flour in just a few seconds.

I can’t wait to see and taste what she bakes with that first batch of flour.



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