We had lots of rain over the winter and spring, so central Texas was exceptionally green this year. I know it’s not a big deal for everyone in the eastern half of Texas – it’s always green and wet in that part of the state – but it is a big deal in the hill country. We typically have 2-5 years of very little rainfall followed by a year or so of rain. Then the cycle repeats itself. Well, this was our year for rain and it has a dramatic greening effect on the typically brown Texas hill country.
Many of the counties in the western half of the Texas hill country are sparsely populated, which means the counties don’t have a very large tax base. Consequently, many county roads are not only dirt, but are only sporadically maintained. It’s just too expensive for the counties to incur the cost of paving them and then maintaining them when they are so lightly used. The road below, taken during TAR 2017, is an example of what I mean. It is a county road but very lightly travelled so it doesn’t see (or need) a lot of maintenance. Which makes it perfect for the type of riding we like to do.