Thursday, March 20, 2008

Washed Out

Nice shot of the creek, huh? Unfortunately, it's our road back to civilization.

The weather finally cleared Wednesday afternoon. Jo and I (and the dogs) walked up our road out to check out its condition. Most of the road is in pretty good shape. However, they say that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Likewise, when you need to drive off our place, the road out is only as good as it's worst section.

This is the worst section. You can see the blocked water cutout on the right of this photo, and get an idea of the depth of the rut by looking at the wall height on the left. If I'm careful, I think I can get our van out by straddling the deepest part of the wash out. It will be a bumpy ride, but I think I can do it. At least I won't have to worry about getting stuck with all those rocks to drive over. Getting our Nissan pickup out is another story. With it's lower ground clearance, I don't think the Nissan will be able to make a trip out until the road is graded -- and that may be a while. Every road in the county no doubt has sections that look like this. A road serving only one household won't have a very high priority, I'm afraid. (Obviously, there's no way I can drive around the washed out sections.)

Jo is inspecting a rough section down near the house. If not careful, I could bet stuck in this flatter area. It is topped with clay and hasn't washed away all the way down to the rocks.



Lisa at Greenbow said...

OMG Marvin, now that is a washout. I won't complain about our standing water. It isn't anything more than an aggravation.

pineyflatwoodsgirl said...

hey marvin I just found your blog from nina's. I used to live in Arkansas and hope to return someday. What county are you in? I may be at the MV folk festival this year but I have missed a lot of years.....lots of friends still all over the state. cheers

smilnsigh said...

I don't know what else to say but "Wow!" And a couple of sighs...

Tom said...

Hi Marvin
I spend time looking for just such roads to ride down.. Then again I do if for fun and not to get out and about. I hope you can sort this out. I must post some pictures tonight of my land rover out and about.