When you have limited roads between towns, people always go for the direct route. People are almost universally good and giving you space, but you do not know when the driver will not. I feel like I need to be responsible for my safety. I will defer to pull off on the shoulder to live to see another day.
Audubon was a self-taught artist. He created a pictoral record of birds of the North America. An example of his work is below and show vivid detail of each species. Each bird was shown in its natural habitat.
Tomorrow I will be in Mississippi.
On a tour you keep pedaling along. As long and you are walking, coasting, or pedaling, the rubber is moving along. Your little efforts move you along to your destination. I have been plugging along on the Southern Tier starting at the end of September. On October 22 I enter the west part of Texas. One thousand miles later I am now in Louisiana. I have now traveled over 2000 miles on this route. The sites have been interesting.
This area too was a lumber area. The railroad came to this section of the state and created Bon Wier. The name comes from the two last names of founders. Now I cross the river and into Louisiana.
In De Ridder the elevation is 203'. This was a town of over 10,000 and it had many good services. This town was named after a railroad financier. It seems like so many towns on my western routes have names somehow connected to the railroad. It was the railroad that opened so many areas.
Take a break to see something interesting and then back on the road. https://forestheritagemuseum.org/
As we were picking up supplies in the store, we were approached by a minister to offer the church yard for our tents. We stayed at the church above. What a nice offer. We could use the restroom and hand wash our clothes.
Southern Tier: Virtual bike tour: West to East. Texas- From Brenham to: Richards, Washington, Navasota, Anderson, New Waverly, Shepherd,
This is at Washington on the Brazos, the location of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. As I am reading about this area, I read that still 1/3 of those in this area during the 2020 census are of German descent. Awhile back we went through a town that emphasized the German heritage. After revolts in 1848 in Germany, many immigrated to the United States.
Navasota is a town of 7643 based on the 2020 census. It is 219' above sea level. It was designated "Blues Capital of Texas" by the legislature because the blues artist, Mance Lipscomb, was born near there. The downtown of Anderson has been designated as a historical district and the courthouse is shown below.
This is one of the four National Forests in Texas and we are in 163,000 acres of beautiful forest. The Lone Star Hiking Trail goes for over 128 miles near here. We are only 50 miles north of Houston.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.
Pacific Coast Highway