I had to take a break from the compost piles yesterday as I was not feeling good so I did not get to turn them on their regular schedule. Since this is the end of the cycle for the main pile skipping a day does not make a difference anyway. I am not trying to heat the main pile up anymore I am just waiting for it to drop out of the Active temperature range to start its slow decomposition cycle.
I did check the temperatures on the piles each day, and on both Monday and Tuesday, the main pile was running 126 degrees . . .
The second pile with all of the wood shavings continued to run at 165 degrees for both days . . .
Today the main pile had dropped to 118 degrees, so it is slowly coming out of the thermophilic decomposition phase.
The second pile was still cooking away at 161 degrees.