|Yeah.......we've got a lot of gravel roads here.|
In the end, the roads in Iowa were "paved" with native quarried limestone or "glacial drift" that could be found local to wherever in Iowa roads were to be platted out. Obviously there were geological, political, and practical influences which informed the end result, a matrix of well over 70,000 miles of gravel and dirt roads across "The Beautiful Land".
Saturday I received a t-shirt depicting all the unpaved roadways across the great state of Iowa. All 72.000 plus miles of them. To me this is incredible on several levels.
- That there are THAT many miles of gravel and unpaved roads.
- That these roads were imposed upon a bleak, unmapped prairie which was criss-crossed by a meager amount of Native American trails.
- That by printing out ONLY the unpaved roads, a recognizable image of the State Of Iowa can be discerned.
In other words, get out and grind some gravel folks!
Interested in one of these shirts? Keep a close eye on www.bikeiowa.com for a very limited amount of these to be offered soon. UPDATE: Here is the link to get a pre-order in. Hurry! http://bikeiowa.myshopify.com/products/iowa-gravel-roads