20120825_backroadsTX_0012 The Gleaner
I found this parked at the side of a field near Luckenbach Texas. A google later answered my questions as to its function. “Gleaner combines date back to 1923, when the Baldwin Brothers of Kansas, inspired by Jean Francois Millet’s famous 1857 painting, The Gleaners, decided to use the term as the name for their radically redesigned self-propelled harvesting machine. The Baldwin Brothers’ Gleaner incorporated reaping, binding and threshing all into one machine. Gleaning itself is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest.” Wikipedia
20120630_backroadsTX_0008 BEER…another benefit of country roads
I am working part time at a great vineyard in the Texas Hill Country, Becker. Although it is about 45 miles from home, my route goes through some of the prettiest country around and feeds my spirit. Albert, TX is a funky little pocket along Ranch Road 1623 in Gillespie County. It was a ghost town that was ultimately given new life by the Easley family from Austin. There is the old school house, the Albert Dance Hall, and a new tavern, built on the site of the original General Store, in the what locals call the old ice house style. It was early morning on my way to work so I was able to back my truck up close to the sign to get this shot. As I drove past on my return in the evening the place was packed…a good old time on a Saturday night.
20120425_MtGainor_0005 The Old Farm House
I have driven by this property many times and am always intrigued by the story behind it. There is a new gate and road leading up to the ranch house in the hills above the stone walled fields, but this rustic farm house proudly reflects an earlier era.
20120322_Montana287_0016 Montana Spring
A good friend invited me to join him on a road trip from Phoenix to Calgary. And like any great road trip they happen on the back roads. SR 287 is one of many worth the detour.
To see more about the trip go to ronbullied.com/bullog/
20120113_backroadsTX_0004 Storm Ranch
Along Mt Sharp Road is the old Storm Ranch, which like many bigger spreads has been broken up into smaller parcels. But the ranch lives on and this original sign is still at the gate reflecting the passage of time.
20111105_backroadsTX_0011 Rural mailboxes 2
Oftentimes a landowner’s only face to the public is at the entrance to his or her property. Along with the obligatory NO TRESPASSING or PRIVATE KEEP OUT signs, folks make a statement with their gate and the mailbox. From expensive gates and fussy mailboxes to the most simple, there is a treasure of rural art along these back roads.