It must not have rained that day!
Can you decipher the words at the bottom?
11038? Auto roads near McMinnville Ore
The roads of a thousand wonders
Can you imagine how those people felt? Such a wonderful, smooth, wide road. That nice little bridge up ahead. Only a few years before that, any road there would likely have been nothing more than a wagon and horse trail. The bridge? Maybe a few felled trees with dirt thrown on top to even it out.
I want to just climb into that photo and walk for hours.
I'd rather climb into that photo and drive that car for hours!
I wonder what that stretch of road looks like now ? Four lanes ? Take out all the curves ?
Good roads are nice, but I long for the past. Just in the last 10-20 years, some of the loveliest drives on old 2-lane roads, scenic, and interesting have succumbed to "improvement".
I guess we're a little conflicted ? We worship at the shrine of the initial moving force that has brought us acres of asphalt, ridiculous highway speeds, incredible ugliness and . . . vinyl siding. I guess we all wish things would have just stopped as they were in this picture ?
Not me, Rich. I had my first malignant melanoma at age 28, and my fifth a year ago. I'm now 80. If I'd been 28 when that picture was taken and had had a melanoma, I wouldn't have made it to 29.
I've never been there, but I think this is it. I looked around google earth, and checked out the spots where roads crossed creeks. Chris Landry, what do you think?
Ed, I bet you're pretty durn close to the spot, if not right on. Pretty country, but I like the dirt road better.
Gil, I overlooked the benefits of medical technology in the intervening 90 years or so . . . I'd like to have that, and an unchanged landscape . . . I'm grateful you're with us !!
Sure, dirt roads are nice- unless it rains or snows or a lot of heavy trucks drive on them, or they need to be graded, or a passing vehicle kicks up a rock onto your windshield or your face when your on a bike...
They are the best though if you want to turn around a dozer on them, load off-road construction equipment or cross over them with a steel wheeled tractor with lugs!
Dale, I bet the majority of us here would take the risk of driving this wonderful road without hesitation...Just saying.
I like driving on the local country roads around here in the T, many of them are very similar to the one that Herb posted. On a down side though, I got caught on a country dirt road just after the frost went out once with one of my daughters and my grandson. It was a tough fight, leaving six inch deep ruts fighting up and down hill for about a half mile to get out of there. The old '25 coupe got us home though, thanks to the Kevlar bands and a flat tube radiator. That made a believer out of me for the toughness of a T. Dave
Thankfully I have plenty of dirt roads near me to drive my Ts on.
John, I got nothing against them either, I live on a "seasonal" dirt road (I Maintain it for myself and the neighbors in the winter with a beat up old Allis Chalmers "D" grader) and love driving the dirt back roads and two-track truck trails on an off day.
Its just my observation that a freshly formed dirt road such as the one pictured here can go to hell in a matter of minutes in inclement weather and when that happens it is always a relief to pull out onto the nice, smooth, paved main road, especially when underpowered and heavily loaded!
Ed, I think you got it!
Still have plenty of roads like that in our part of the world
Not quite wide enough for a T . . . Dang it !