If you think this road looks bad, imagine what it was
like over one hundred years before, when Swedish botanist Peter Kalm traveled
through New Jersey. It was the mid 1700s, and he noticed that the local
folks then responsible for the roads were "very careless in mending" them.
He complained, "If a rivulet be not very great, they do not make a bridge
over it; and travellers [sic] may do as well as they can to get over.
Therefore many people are in danger of being drowned in such places, where
the water is risen by a heavy rain."