The Detour

14 Sep

I said I’d share the detour I am taking to the sale barn back when things were rather boring.  It’s been crazy busy, but it’s such a pretty drive, I still want to share it with you.  My normal route actually is a longer trip, but it’s all paved.

The detour is pretty direct, but it’s all gravel.

Pretty much every gravel road in the area has a warning about high water.  Of course, right now I don’t have to worry about it with the drought.

My farm is the start of hills.  North of it is pretty flat, but to the south, there are hills that make it hard to have large flat fields, so there’s small fields, pasture, and lots of trees.

I’ll get back to the church in this image.

My son makes fun of me for driving like an old lady on gravel, but there’s a good reason I drive that slowly.  You never know what’s going to jump out in front of you.

Deer on the road

There’s a lot of old farms and old barns and buildings along this route.

I also get to go past this old church, in the middle of nowhere.  It’s the Union Chapel church which was founded in 1877.

It has a cemetery behind it.  Do you see those stones in the front–they are all cousins of mine.

In the old part of the cemetery, I have more relatives.

I have three sets of grandparents buried here.

Shelby Baker is my 4th great grandfather.

A bit closer to home, there’s the Clear Creek Wildlife Area.

Clear Creek Township is where my great-grandparents lived.  In fact, their old barn is still standing, but I missed taking a picture of it.  No wonder I love my hills.  I have deep roots in this area.

7 Responses to “The Detour”

  1. Jeanne September 14, 2021 at 10:51 pm #

    Thank you very much for this most interesting ride! I love old buildings, especially churches and barns! Cemeteries and old houses are right along there, too. If I lived in your area, I would be traveling those back roads a lot! Are there any round barns that you know of?

    • Jeanne September 14, 2021 at 11:00 pm #

      Oops! Now that I’ve looked again, I see that you pictured a round barn! I really goofed, didn’t I?!

      • Teresa September 15, 2021 at 8:40 pm #

        The corners are rounded, but it isn’t actually round. It’s really quite unique!

    • Teresa September 15, 2021 at 8:40 pm #

      I love the old barns and Victorian cemeteries.

      • Jeanne September 15, 2021 at 8:50 pm #

        I have relative in Illinois, near Peoria, and there are round barns in the area where they live. They are so neat! I’d love to see the one you pictured. And also the one where your great grandparents lived, if you can go back and take a picture of it.

      • Teresa September 15, 2021 at 9:00 pm #

        I will try to get them in there.

  2. janicead September 15, 2021 at 11:27 am #

    When we take trips we use back roads at times. The most beautiful scenery even if a bit dusty. Thank you for sharing this beautiful drive. And you are not driving like an old person, you are driving to enjoy the trip.

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