The Backroad Home
Story & Photos by IRA KENNEDY
A road trip isn't just shopping, tourist destinations or restaurant
dining. It can be about the simple things along the way -- a field of wildflowers, a
remarkable landscape, a wrong turn...
There's nothing like being lost to eliminate boredom.
Besides, if you keep going where you've been you ain't anywhere new.
taples (the town not
the store) is a clean community with nice homes and few shops. There's a United
Methodist Church, general store, Sylvia's Beauty & Barber Shop and the like.
Once you've seen those places you've been there and headed somewhere else.
I probably should have stayed on 621 once
past Staples but a figured I knew the area and turned left. Considering I
lived out this way thirty years ago I relied on dead reckoning instead of the map. ( It's a guy thing.)
Staples I kinda meandered around the Blackland Prairie between Luling, Seguin, New
Braunfels and San Marcos. I don't care how good the map. If you can't locate a
particular road marker you're on your own. And on these backroads you can be headed
north, take a left and instead of going west you're being lead south. That's when
you hang a right. Sooner or later you're going to be somewhere.
The landscape in the area was green on top of green,
and if I hadn't known better I'd of thought it was the Hill Country.
Nigel the Land Rover and I had the road pretty much
to ourselves and before too long I saw a sign for Geronimo -- 2 miles. That was just south
of Zorn and home so my reckoning paid off afterall. I could have been home an hour
earlier if I hadn't turned left at Staples. But I would have missed out on seeing
Geronimo. I used to think there was nothing in Geronimo until I got there. Now
I don't have to think about it anymore.
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