Carrying Your Own Weight

Burros carrying dirt into El Centro

Burros carrying dirt into El Centro

Burros weigh in at around 500 pounds and can comfortably carry about 250 pounds, the weight of the average gringo. But here in San Miguel, they are often seen carrying much greater loads without apparently getting too pissed off about it. Here, underneath our bedroom terrace this morning, a camposino is bringing dirt from down by the Presa to sell to whoever needs it for their plant pots or vegetable patches. These two burros are carrying 26 sacks of dirt between them, each weighing about 50 or 60 pounds – a load of probably around 750 pounds each – about one and a half times their own weight.

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