I took off this morning to explore some new Kaufman and Van Zandt County roads. The convenience store at Martins Mill is the only one I’ve found on the rural roads in this area, so even though I was trying out a lot of new roads, I kept that stop on my route.
I got up early enough to get a good early start again this week, but there was a fairly heavy drizzle and everything was wet, so I went back to bed. When I got up later things had dried out quite a bit and there was nothing showing up on the weather radar, so I settled for a late start, and took off.
I didn’t push things, and stopped often to double check where I was on Google maps on my phone. That sure is nice, at times. There was a stiff northeast wind all day, and it was cloudy until the last three hours or so, so the heat wasn’t bad until late. Van Zandt County does have some smoother county roads than the Kaufman County roads near me, and some of them are really scenic.
A few random thoughts from today’s ride: (1) There sure are a lot of beautiful country homes in Van Zandt County. There must have been a bunch of people who made better career choices than me. (2) In Van Zandt County, there is no such thing as a county road too small to have a Baptist church on it. (3) The favorite Saturday activity of people in that area seems to be burning trash, and (4) There must not be a lot of bicycle riders around here; I still haven’t seen a single rider on any of my rides since I moved here.
I ended up with 90.5 miles.
The Martins Mill Revisited route.