Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Holy Road


Well...that rain yesterday finally chipped a little too much of my road away.  The only way to get by now is to shave about a foot off the bank across from the trench to make the road wide enough for my truck.  That is a lot easier than trying to fill in where the road has disappeared - the trench is now 5' wide and 4' deep.  If the rains miss me tonight, that is on my list for tomorrow morning.

I kind of expected a few more tries at the trivia contest.  Funny thing is, the numbers Billy Bob came up with were the same ones I had - at first.  I was about to concede the victory to him, then Barbara Brostowicz chimed in.  After triple checking the numbers (I missed the "no post" on November 30, 2008), Barbara is the winner.  Send me an email with your mailing address and I will send the mug out to you.  73,92,73, .06",B

12 comments:

Patricia said...

That's a mess...I see that in the Cedar Springs area where I have a place not far from Ron and Dons place, good luck and be careful...if there is a will there is a way!

Ocotillo,

Margery Bills said...

Omg. Well, that is one way to keep people from bothering you - so dangerous.

Todd said...

Rough country out there!

Billy ray said...

I came up with the same numbers Billy Bob had so didn't enter, congratulations Barbara. Your road looks like it has about a 2 foot embankment you would have to cut into.if that's what you're going to do to be able to pass that's mucho work,good luck.

mike said...

bout time you put a culvert in

Jon P said...

Be sure and check for big fossils in the wash.

Margery Bills said...

Actually, it seems that part of the road should be re-routed up to higher ground. Ultimately it will all be gone anyway, obviously.

WhyR said...

What would keep you from making your own bypass through the scrub on the left in the top picture- a property owner might object? It looks flat and smooth from the air, but I realize it may not be.

Ronald Mahan said...

Current road policy seems to be - just wait until the road become a dry creek bed and totally unusable & unrepairable. Then relocate the road on any available higher ground. It looks like the area south (or right) on John's road - used to be the first roadbed that has now become a wet weather creek. Now - it looks like the road John has to use - is being scrapped lower & lower again (i.e., see that two foot high bank to the left which used to the road elevation) - and will have to relocated again - when the scraping & erosion process has been completed!

POATRI has been extremely slow installing badly needed culverts. There is an unused culvert - waiting to be installed for 40 years - about 1/2 mile west of our Mahan Hunt Camp property. I cursed that piece of pipe - when I stuck my 1988 full size Bronco - in the road crossing where the culvert should have been installed. That culvert is no longer needed there - because the Mahan men and Mr Nowlin fixed that road crossing with large rocks on the downstream side. Now the water flowing across the road slows down & drops a load of sand & small rocks onto the road crossing - stopping all erosion. Good to go all the time!

Ronald Mahan said...

B.T.W. - that is S.T.O.P. for improvement of areas where the road is being washed away - for landowners who do not have access to a backhoe - to dig a trench for a culvert pipe - and then cover the trench and culvert pipe up with something - that will not wash away after the next rain. Our method is inexpensive, because large rocks can be found almost everywhere and there is no requirement for a costly culvert pipe - but this method is highly labor intensive - and difficult for elderly property owners.

Ronald Mahan said...

One disclaimer! Not possible to use this method on the John Wells road. Author is of the opinion that it would be impossible to slow water flow into that bottomless pit of eroded roadbed. Piling rocks up on unstable ground - would be a waste of time & effort! The water would simply go under and around the rocks - and wash away such an unstable piece of Bentonite wasteland. John's plan to widen the road by cutting down the adjacent bank will certainly work - but only as a short term fix - due to continued road scrapping and erosion.

Be careful when you drive on these scrapped out trails. Remember - they are not real roads!

John Wells said...

I have no problems with the current road crew. Since Dennis began working the grader a few years ago, my road has been in far better condition than it ever was in the past and it has been able to withstand much harder rains than it used too. My "short term fix" worked just fine and they will be out to fix the problem soon. Will it happen again?...probably. The years of just scraping the roads deeper has taken its toll but this particular spot is a problem due to earthwork a neighbor has done on his property - not due to bad road work. Will I be able to deal with it?...definitely.