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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.


 

 

S.jpg (7677 bytes)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 SmRvBrAhead.jpg (34090 bytes)reckoning instead of the map. ( It's a guy thing.)
       After 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. 

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       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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