Once again this week I am in Houston, Texas and this week I am wishing I was in Nova Friburgo. There the country roads a small, winding, often dirt roads with small narrow bridges – here a country road looks very much like a city road. Often straight, wider than the narrow I am now used to, with two lanes marked with dividing and edging lines. Even the FM (farm to market) roads can be two side lanes with an extra turn lane, plus a nice flat emergency lane. When I was out exploring this last week, they didn’t feel ‘country’ to me. Houston has gotten to be so large a city that its country side is being absorbed into urban. I was a good 30 miles outside the city limits and still seeing large subdivisions with the corner KROGER (supermarket), and Bed Bath & Beyond super stores, four corners with a gas station on each, and strip centers with ‘dunk-n-donuts’ and hair salons – where are the mom & pop country stores?
So I finally turned off onto what is called a county road to see what I could see – this one was CO 52. In the USA there are interstate highways – State roads – Farm to Market roads and then finally county roads…. which in south Texas are straight, narrow, in good repair, with a drainage ditch along each side, followed with barbed wire fences, cattle grazing, small houses in need of repair, and from time to time with wild flowers growing with abandon.