I always take grass growing in the middle of a single track road to be a good omen. It is a promise of quiet, traffic free riding, and perhaps, something a bit out of the ordinary compared to the usual road ride. This morning, I thought I had learnt a new fact. Listening to the radio, the DJ had commented on the number of roads, encountered while on recent travels, with grass growing down their middle (BBC 6Music for you I suppose). A short time later, a listener sent a message saying the grass in the middle of the road is called a “Long Acre”. Interesting, I thought, perhaps I’ll blog my new knowledge later.
So here I am. Except, my new knowledge, initially accepted at face value, is not quite true. Before writing I googled “Long Acre” only to find the it refers to the grassy strip on each side of the road, i.e. it is another term for a grass verge.
Back to google and more searches, but no success. So I changed tack and tried variations on single track roads and ruts. Surely there is a name for the bit in between two ruts? Well if there is, it has defeated my brief Sunday afternoon research.
You are probably bored and I am still no wiser what the name for grass growing in the middle of the road is. However, if you do happen to know, please share and satisfy my curiosity!