Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Over the River
I got to head off into a section of Missouri I rarely get to go to anymore these days. The land South of the Missouri river in between Jefferson City and Washington, Missouri that sits North of Hwy 50. It's some amazingly beautiful country. Rugged hills and impassable ridges full of small hay fields tucked in here and there and lots of cattle. Every so often as you get close to one of the small rivers or large creeks that meander through the area and the hills will push away and show you a large old flood plain filled with dried corn stalks or stubble this time of year. The small lettered highways all showed signs of spilled corn kernels scattered across them like pea gravel.
Like the rest of the Ozark Highlands South of this area those hills would prove impenetrable to refugees and foot traffic. While it would take someone with a courageous heart to head off walking down these back roads with no knowledge of where you will end up.
The small towns you come across have names like Frankenstein or Hermann attesting to the German stock that settled this area in the early 1800's.
While I am well acquainted with the land just across the river from this area it's been several years since I bothered to roam on the South side. Things have changed a bit on one hand but then not so much on the other.
Still as I eye the area from the viewpoint of a prepper I have to admit it would be a perfect place to ride out our never ending slow decline. Rugged country easily defended. Small towns with a lot of history and intermarriage with limited access along narrow roads. Certainly no shortage of wood for fuel and enough open land for agriculture as well. Wide streams and rivers for boat transportation and easy trade if it ever got re-established and a good supply of fish.
My Grandfather used to prospect for clay deposits through out this area when I was a child. He worked for a brick company back then and used to take me with him sometimes during his trips. Many of the little small ponds you see all over started out as clay deposits which were mined back then.
Of course it is downwind and downstream from a Nuke plant.
Otherwise it would be perfect.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!