Posted by Ken on July 08, 1998 at 08:19:04:
In response to a stupid question..., written by P. Bingham on July 07, 1998 at 23:50:02
] I'm not sure what it is exactly what you and Roger are talking about so please forgive me. Are you talking about a carriage road and the ruts being made by the wheels? If that is the case, I would think that the horse's hoofs would make it difficult for the grass to grow in the center if the road was well trafficked. You don't think so? But then perhaps all the manure which inevitably falls might give the grass that extra edge it needs! Also, the Oregon Trail's ruts by now must have had plenty of time to grow back the center grass and weeds, wouldn't you think? You can also see the wagon trails from the Simi Valley Freeway just North of L.A. in southern California if you are ever in the area. They are very well preserved. This is an oddly interesting subject. If you're gonna write it right I think that sort of information could come in handy.
I think I wrote too hastily--I actually wasn't concerned with the grass part of it, but the ruts. Horses wouldn't leave ruts, but carts, wagons, and carriages would. As for the grass, all I have to go on is hiking trails. You can tell where many booted feet have been, but the grass seems to stick it out regardless. As for the Oregon Trail, I suppose it depends on the section; some it didn't have a whole lot of grass to begin with!
While you're at it, try getting the geology right as well (-; I've just been re-reading McPhee's Annals of the Former World (the 4 volume thingie just out as one hdbk now, w/ a 5th section). Geology rules!
- Did you say Geology? P. Bingham 03:53:09 7/09/98 (6)
- Hot Topics Ken 07:59:23 7/09/98 (5)
- Of course....... Caroline 15:05:30 7/09/98 (4)
- Mea Maxima Culpa Ken 08:18:04 7/10/98 (3)
- whew Earlene 05:48:34 7/12/98 (0)
- Okay , Okay, enough already!;-) Caroline 23:14:42 7/10/98 (0)
- Sorry, Forgot to Add Plentiful (-:s to Previous Note! (nfm) Ken 12:13:57 7/10/98 (0)
- What are men to rocks and mountains? Caroline 10:09:53 7/08/98 (5)
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