AND DOWN

WITH THE FIRST TWO TUBES DOWN AND SECURED, WE CAN FINALLY GET STARTED.  TED LOWERS HIMSELF DOWN TO THE BOTTOM SIXTEEN FEET BELOW GROUND LEVEL.

SOMETIMES THERE IS NOT MUCH ROOM TO MANEUVER AROUND.  NOW IT IS ALL ABOUT MOVING DIRT. 

THE TUBES ARE NOT AS WIDE AS THIS HOLE WHICH MEASURES FIVE FEET IN DIAMETER.  TED HAS TO REACH OUT UNDER THE TUBE TO RAKE THE DIRT REMAINING AGAINST THE WALL SO HE CAN PUT IT IN THE BUCKET.

UP TOP TWO MEN WORK TIRELESSLY PULLING UP BUCKET AFTER BUCKET AFTER BUCKET. THERE IS NOT MUCH GLORY IN MOST OF IT - JUST PLAIN HARD WORK.

THE DEEPER WE DIG THE FARTHER IT IS TO PULL THE BUCKETS AND SO AS THE DAY GOES IT SLOWS DOWN.  WE ARE LUCKY TO MAKE A FOOT AN HOUR.

THERE IS NOT MUCH TIME TO REST.  MIKE GIVES ME A LOOK AS I TAKE THE PICTURES INDICATING HELP IS NEEDED.  WITH ONE MAN PULLING AND TWO MEN DUMPING IT GOES EASIER.

ON OCCASSION, A PASSERBY WOULD LOOK DOWN FROM ATOP THE RETAINING WALL WHICH RAN ALONG A SIDEWALK. THEY MUST HAVE WONDERED WHAT WAS GOING ON AND WHERE ALL THOSE BARRELS OF DIRT CAME FROM.

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