It’s time to ride! Well, at least take some good long day rides from dusk to dawn. We have been taking short rides but this one was an all day 300 mile run. Sunny and warm weather gave us the perfect day to head to Fort Belknap near Newcastle, TX for some remote roads and Texas history.
Taken from Wikipedia here is a brief description of the forts purpose:
Fort Belknap, located near Newcastle, Texas, was established in November 1851 by brevet Brigadier William G. Belknap to protect the Texas frontier against raids by the Kiowa and Comanche. It was the northernmost fort in a line from the Rio Grande to the Red River. The fort functioned as a base of operations rather than as a fortified point, and it became the center of a substantial network of roads, including the Butterfield Overland Mail.
As with most historic sites most of the buildings have been renovated. They were however rebuilt on the same foundations. We arrived a bit late and the museum was closed for the day. Fortunately they didn’t lock the gates on us and we were able to browse the site for over an hour taking in the historical markers and sites.
The roads we took to get to Fort Belknap were new for us and quite impressive. We typically try to stay off the interstates so we can experience the landscape, historical sites, small towns, local diners, and empty roads. These roads were just beautiful. Not only were they well maintained, they had nice long curves and hills that broke at the peak to wonderful far seeing views. Being early Spring, the flowers were in bloom and often lined the road with clusters of varying color. Even though the bluebonnets are in full bloom around Texas we didn’t see very many in the area we traveled.