During this time of social distancing we've been getting our outdoor fix by riding in Washington and Austin Counties around Brenham, Texas. We have been pleasantly surprised at the large number of possible routes on rural paved and gravel roads. Most of our riding distances have been between 25 to 45 miles - just getting ourselves back in shape before we try any longer distances :) What follows are a few pics I snapped from our rides during April.
As Heather says - lots of PYF (Pretty Yellow Flowers). This is located in Washington County on Bosse Road.
Heather on William Penn Road in Washington County.
Even the hay bales are practicing social distancing and wearing appropriate PPE. This was seen along Mustang Road just east of Brenham.
Turtle Rescue along Kuykendall Road in Washington County north of Brenham.
Gravel bliss out on Caney Creek Road to the SW of Chappell Hill.
Wide open spaces and smooth gravel on Newman Road in Austin County.
Snake enjoying the quiet morning.
A nice day to do some outdoor social distancing and I'd planned a ride of 31 miles on a new route to Chappell Hill. A nice route that included some new gravel, a road that no longer existed, bridge construction, and a repaving project. After two major re-routes we had a good ride of 42 miles. Next time I'll double check the county's website to see all the current road construction projects.
Bluebonnets and cows - the signs of spring. The cows kept their social distance from me. This was along a very nice stretch of gravel on Meyersville Road.
Our final route - note the exploration after mile 15 - looking for a re-route through a rural subdivision without any success. We backtracked to FM 1155 to reach Chappell Hill. Our second re-route was lust before mile 25 where a bridge was out for replacement.
Our favorites - gravel roads and spring wildflowers.
Yep, the bridge was out on Chadwick Hogan Road (Washington County Road 87).
Spring wildflowers looking very nice outside of Independence, Texas. We did a nice 35 mile loop out to Independence from Brenham - covering some great roads and pretty countryside.
Bluebonnets, Paintbrush, and moo cows - definitely a recurring sight in Washington County!
Heather standing near the sign marking the direction to the original Baylor University in Independence, Texas... maybe there were bears around here once???
Our rest stop in Independence - the Independence Store, been here since 1926 and the front facade was inspired by the Alamo.