Riding to Dial, Texas and beyond.

One day this past week I mounted my trusty two-wheeled steed and headed south out of Honey Grove on a cloudy, relatively cool morning. The weather forecast was for rain in the afternoon, but the sun was trying to break through that morning. If you want to follow  my route, I went south from Honey Grove on FM 824 to Dial, then west on FM 1550 to Bartley Woods, north to Windom on FM 1734, and back to Honey Grove on SH 56(which is incorrectly labeled 82 on the map).

Riding in Fannin County is really a joy. By staying, for the most part, off of roads that go to Paris, Bonham, or Commerce, I encounter very little traffic and almost no heavy goods vehicles. So it's mostly me, the cows, and the sights. Allow me to share some of them with you:

Field art, I think. Patterns that change as I ride by. These look like hay bales, but they're actually corn stalks that never matured.

The pattern changes as I ride by.

Dial school----its main claim to fame is, as the sign says, that Sam Rayburn taught here briefly in the early 1900s.

Looking at this hilltop house I immediately thought of a castle on top of a hill. This one (and it is a castle by Fannin County standards) doesn't have a wall or a mote.

I stopped to get another fencepost shot with a wild flower (most likely a weed) growing next to it.

And then I saw this butterfly flittering around....

...and chased it from flower to flower

Wonder where these folks get water from? This is the source for folks in the Bug Tussle area.

This whole area of north Texas is dotted with historical cemeteries.

which, although not green and verdant often have quite majestic trees in them.

We also have ruins in Fannin County. I didn't stop to explore this one.

We do, however, have an abundance of bovine creatures, who stare at bicycle riders.