Sunday, June 8, 2014
Sunday Reading - A Trip North
I had to take a drive North yesterday through what I call big Ag country. Most of the Southern half of Missouri is made up of small fields and woods (Not counting cotton land in the Bootheel) but just North of the River things begin to flatten out and the first thing you notice are the fields begin getting much larger. As you travel even further North you may want to stop gawking at the fields and pay attention to all the horse drawn carriages you begin passing.
It's been several years since I was up in that part of the world and to be honest things seemed pretty much the way I remembered them. Traffic was much lighter than I thought it would be but most of the trip was spent driving through a rain storm so heavy they were announcing road closures and a couple of mini-flash floods over the bridges. Trees were down all over the place.
I did notice that the Amish carriages were now equipped with four lights on the back. Last time I had to deal with em on the road in Missouri and Iowa they only had one light and a reflective triangle. They have also widened the shoulders on the roads considerably which made the entire thing much less dangerous than the last time I was up that way.
I say Amish but in truth I have no clue what they are. I know there are different sects but have never been particularly clear on which can use motor vehicles and which can't. Down in my neck of the woods they are all motor vehicle users so we don't have to dodge horse carriages on the road just large vans full of bonnets and big hats.
Really I thought I was going to see some clues into how the decline was effecting a new part of the country but in that regard the entire trip was a complete waste. I honestly saw nothing that would make me think the area went through either massive new growth or is suffering a decline. It really just looked the same as I remember it.
Sure a few of the roads were larger and wider. I saw some new homes, a few new gas stations and motels. Here and there an old business was closed but by and large no real change. I am sure there are reasons for this if I had the time and contacts to dig it up but all I had this trip were my eyes and memory.
Perhaps knowing there are spots in the country that are relatively immune to the boom and bust cycle is reassuring in and of itself. My guess is that short of nuclear war things would go on pretty much the same as always up there even if the rest of the country turned into a Mad Max zone. I guess the carriage drivers wouldn't notice even an EMP scenario very quickly either.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!