Summer 2017, Day 2: Batter Up

This morning we had some equine neighbors:

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Trish caught me chatting with the neighbors on her way back from shopping at “our” Walmart.  The horse trailer was being driven by a woman from Grants Pass, Oregon, and the fifth-wheel hitched to the red truck was a family from Dutchess County, New York, about an hour north of our house:

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We continued East and visited baseball bat manufacturer BWP Bats for a factory tour:

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Their office featured memorabilia from players who use (or used) their bats:

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The first step of the process uses a computerized CNC lathe to convert a cylinder of wood, called a billet, into a bat in about 3 minutes:

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We learned that baseball bats have a fixed relationship between length and weight (called bad drop) that is determined by whether the bat is used for professional, college, or little league play.  We also learned about “cupping”, which is drilling out the end of a bat to make it slightly lighter. The handle end of the bat can be terminated in a variety of shapes depending on the player’s preference:

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Once the bat is formed, it’s sanded and the ends are cut off:

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Next we went downstairs and saw the painting process which involves dipping the bats into paint one or more times depending on the color scheme.  After being hung to dry, the BWP sticker is applied and the bat is dipped multiple times into a clear polyurethane finish before it’s finished:

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This machine applies a narrow band of black paint over the seam between two colors added during the dipping process:

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We continued east to overnight at the Walmart of Van Wert, Ohio.  Getting gas is always a tricky affair when you’re 62 feet long and 13 feet, 6 inches tall: 

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There were plenty of trucks in the parking lot and it was another loud night as the trucks were running their APUs to power their air conditioners to keep the sleeper units in the trucks cool. It was 75 degrees and 99% humidity, so it was pretty uncomfortable. We decided to put out our generator so we could run the air conditioner overnight. It was no problem, since the trucks were making so much noise that generator just Blended right in:

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See the alternating light blue line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2017, Day 1
Summer 2017, Day 3: Shabbos in Wisconsin

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