Ruts and more ruts
Posted by Roger V on July 09, 1998 at 00:35:31:
In response to Wagons, written by Ken on July 07, 1998 at 07:55:56
] ] And of course you are right.... a road with two ruts and grass in between would be made by motor vehicles. Horses and other animals would not leave that strip between the ruts.
] No, but wagons and carriages would. It would depend on how heavily the road was used & by what traffic mostly.
OK, so the word "rut" was perhaps not the best term to use, but what I was talking about was a lane with two relatively wide strips of bare ground separated by a strip of grass or other vegetation. This is the pattern most often associated with motor vehicles.
As for the Oregon Trail (and believe me, I know what I'm talking about here, as I grew up practically surrounded by it), there definitely are ruts still to be seen, but one of the reasons they remain is that they were made in very dry regions where there is little rainfall to erode them away. A wet climate like most of England would certainly contribute to the creation of ruts, but it would also help smooth them out....
- Expectations Ken 07:52:57 7/09/98 (6)
- A possible explanation? Carolyn B 21:59:43 7/09/98 (5)
- That's It Ken 07:58:19 7/10/98 (4)
- What about.... Carolyn B 08:42:11 7/10/98 (3)
- Wagons etc Earlene 05:30:02 7/12/98 (0)
- Roads, ruts, horses, wagons.... Roger V 12:39:53 7/10/98 (1)
- Now if we could just get an NSF grant to study this ; -) *nfm* Carolyn B 20:12:55 7/10/98 (0)
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