The latest project of the day completed. Due to the weight of the diesel engine, adding a snow plow to the front of the truck requires you to add some ballast as far back as you can. The round "plug" in the bed is the gooseneck hitch and is two inches in front of the rear axle. The frame is built from all-weather wood and it is to keep the bags of gravel from sliding around the bed when braking and is braced against the front of the bed, the tailgate, fender wells and the bottom of the bed rail. The recommendation is for 600# of ballast. Right now, I have seven sixty pound bags in place so I need to pick up a several more bags. Last year, I had stacks of bags in each rear corner of the bed tied in with rope.
The mornings have been getting consistently colder but still above freezing. I still have been riding everyday still preferring the Ural to the BMW. Maybe it's time to remove the sidecar. After all, there's still some two wheel weather left.