Drink more Belikin, fight potholes: A cap-ital idea

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To you, this may seem like trash in the road butthse bottle caps my very well be the answer to arresting erosion and preventing potholes on San Pedro's unpaved streets.
To you, this may seem like trash in the road but these bottle caps my very well be the answer to arresting erosion and preventing potholes on San Pedro’s unpaved streets.

Ambergris Caye is famous for many things. Among the most famous, its pothole-filled streets.

It is just the nature of island living. We are sitting on a fluid pile of sand, silt and rock that shifts and seeps and moves with the wind and the rain. Especially the rain.

So, it is not unusual to see a town truck drop crushed rock on a badly pocked stretch of road, only to have the craters back in a matter of days.

Which brings me to the absolutely brilliant idea I had this morning as I walked along Boca Del Rio. While grappling with sun stroke.

This could be a fully realized section of bottle cap infused roadway in San Pedro, in which interlocked caps are securing the road and providing a colorful traction for bald tires. But it isn't. It is just a picture off the Internet.
This could be a fully realized section of bottlecap infused roadway in San Pedro, in which interlocked caps are securing the road and providing a colorful traction for bald tires. But it isn’t. It is just a picture off the Internet.

Just kidding. No sunstroke. But really, it is a brilliant idea.

In a word: bottlecaps. (Spellcheck tells me bottlecaps is two words. Not in my blog, Spellcheck. Back off, or I’ll break you up into “spell” and “check.”)

Bear with me.

While walking, I noticed an especially flat section of the road. Believe me, when you see a flat section of an unpaved road in the midst of undulations, crevices and craters then it behooves you to investigate.

For whatever reason — and I think the number of nearby bars has something to do with it — bottlecaps galore are embedded into the road. Mostly Belikin, of course.

My theory is that the serrated edge of the caps provides an interlocking effect that retards the the erosion of the roads. The more caps slammed into the soil, the greater the surface cohesion.

The beautiful thing is there is an infinite supply of bottlecaps, as we drink a lot of beer here. Almost all of it Belikin.

And we’re lucky: The public seems attuned to tossing their caps on the ground already. We just have to get people to aim for the road. The constant traffic of golf carts, taxi vans and pickup trucks will do the rest.

Well, that’s all I’ve got. And the sunstroke is making me dizzy.

Just think about it. Since you are going to toss your bottlecaps on the ground anyway, toss them where they will do the most good.

Next week: How used Styrofoam cups, plates and containers can be turned into the home of your dreams . . .

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11 thoughts on “Drink more Belikin, fight potholes: A cap-ital idea

    Amy Taylor Vermeulen said:
    March 24, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Love!!

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    Susan said:
    March 24, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Great idea!!! Randy will of course be happy to help as will I only with coke caps! Added bonus…the red, green and white will look very festive at the Holidays!

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    Shirl said:
    March 24, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    And maybe the following week you can tell us how to weave fabric and make our own clothes from plastic grocery bags.

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    Susan said:
    March 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Hey Shirl, I believe someone has already done that! LOL

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    CM Nemet said:
    March 25, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Won’t these things rust away in like a year, you will be left with sharp edges and more of a mess. Get the “powers that BE”, to get more motivated to invest in the basic needs of this Island. Like the recent episode of HHInternational had a small box, that said “ONLY 1% OF ROADS ARE PAVED IN SAN PEDRO”. Of course the TV camera’s were only filming North of the Bridge or very select shots of coconut drive by Banyan Bay. CBCBelize

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      Susan said:
      March 25, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      CM, I’m thinking we are all just kidding around and not totally serious about the bottle caps…but who knows, it could work on some level.

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    SPmQQse said:
    March 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    a dumb and polluting idea……
    was it the booze….or crappy belize weed…?

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      March 26, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      Oh, Moose. Didn’t they teach you about humor in the fourth grade? Not everything I say that is absurd is meant to be taken seriously. It’s not like I’m a Republican running for president. Booze and weed? Is that all you got out of your years in Belize?

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        SPmQQse said:
        March 26, 2016 at 7:26 pm

        4th grade….???
        actually..i saw your humor…apparently , you didn’t notice mine… !!!
        hmmmmm…thought provoking ….’what do i get out of belize’
        …and then of course……’has it been worth it’…
        by the way—
        i don’t drink alcohol.. and certainly cant see any use for low quality, Belizean weed.

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