Mule Speed Storm Drain Cover Observations

Traveling the land at 3 mph with my mules, I’m noticing things I’ve overlooked my whole life. Like how, west of Jasper, Indiana, many of the cast iron storm drain covers are humped up, not flat, like back East. They’re the same way here in Missouri.

I’m sure Cracker is thinking, “I can tell we’re in the mid-West now because the storm drains are bowed upward.” (outside Jasper, Indiana)

Have you noticed that humped-up thing about the storm drain covers too? What’s up with that? And just where does the dividing line between up-y and down-y run? Pop me an email with your thoughts right here. Or just leave a comment. Together, we’ll get to the bottom of this.

I’ll be sure to share your musings with Cracker and Brick.

Where we’re waiting out the rain

Speaking of storm drains, this weekend we’re camped out in a La Plata, Missouri, horse pasture waiting for the sun to run the rain away. It’s rained 5 inches in the last 24 hours. Hopefully tomorrow, Monday, we’ll be able to head toward Trenton, Missouri.

A soaking wet La Plata. We’re camped just outside of town in Greg and Laurie Love’s pasture.
Road closed due to flooding: Jalopy Lane, just over the fence from where we’re camped.
Brick takes a grazing break for a sip of pond water. The mules aren’t drinking much these days. The rain has made the grass so wet, they get most of their moisture from what they’re eating.

Thanks Greg and Laurie Love for letting us sit out this spell of rain in your pasture (and providing us with hamburgers and ground corn while we’re there). This sure beats sloshing up the highway from thunderstorm to thunderstorm. Good luck getting your soy beans planted!

Okay, now hit me with your storm drain thoughts.

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