An hour further down the road, I encountered quite an obstacle - a cattle guard across the highway with only a marginal go around gate on the left hand side. The problem with the go-around gate was that was a fairly large ditch on the far side which I had to drive the wagon through.
I drove through the gate, then carefully surveyed the situation before trying the ditch at an angle. Everything worked as plan as I maneuvered the wagon through the ditch until I went to drive the front wheels out on the road. Then ........ I broke the wagon!
The force of the wagon coming out of the ditch sheared a couple of bolts that held the front of the wagon to the chassis. The bolster spring assemblies collapsed sideways and we were stuck. My first though was, ‘Without several large jacks and come-alongs, how was I ever going to get out of this mess and get rolling again.
Not to worry. Within seconds, help arrived by the van loads. All the machinery and tools in the world pale to insignificance next the brawn that is supplied by a field trip from the Colorado School of Mines. The Oil and Gas Exploration Field Trip from this University provided all of the brawn necessary to pickup the wagon while I re-seated the bolster springs in the correct position. Before I knew it. the team was rehitched and rolling down the road once again.