Thursday, October 13, 2016

On the Road: Fort Richardson SP to Lake Brownwood SP

We pulled out of Fort Richardson State Park about an hour after daylight this morning. I had several deer supervising as I got the trailer ready for travel. I don’t think they were too impressed with how I worked.

For the first hour or so, we stayed on US 281. For the first few miles out of Jacksboro, the shared highway is 4-lane, but once Texas 199 splits east towards Ft. Worth, the highway narrows to 2 lanes. As we drove through Mineral Wells, we were impressed by the downtown area and made a mental note to investigate this community as a future destination on one of our trips. After all, Lake Mineral Wells State Park is just east of the city, and that would be a good place to park the trailer. As a side note, I was surprised to find that US 281 through Mineral Wells is only 2-lane, so traffic piled up behind us unable to pass.

About 15 or so miles south of Mineral Wells, we hopped on Interstate 20 and headed west. Traffic on the interstate was light, so it was a pleasant drive. Just before we reached Ranger Hill, we took Texas 16 and headed south. The first 45 or so miles of this highway was a very pleasant stretch with very little traffic. The region has seen good rain this year, and it was nice to see stock tanks full and the grass in the pastures tall and thick. It has been a long time since it has looked so good at this time of the year.

At DeLeon, we intersected with Texas 6 for about a mile or so. We’ve passed through DeLeon several times over the years, but always on Texas 6. There are a couple of gas stations and a few other businesses along this stretch, but not a great deal. However, once we turned south on Texas 16, we passed through the downtown area, and it was rather nice.

The next town was Comanche. Donna and I looked at some small acreage here several years ago just before we retired. We really liked the land and the town, and have often wondered if we made the right decision by not buying that acreage. If we had, I’d probably be mowing several acres of grass, harvesting the last of the summer garden, and Donna would be canning and putting up. That’s a lot of work. We probably made the right choice. But Comanche is a nice little town with some beautiful land around it, and we always enjoy passing through.

At Comanche, we took US 67 south to Brownwood. This is a 4-lane stretch of highway and a very easy drive. At Brownwood, we stopped at Walmart and picked up some groceries before heading out to Lake Brownwood State Park, our home for the next 4 nights.

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