On Memorial Day weekend, May 27th, Gina and I began our motorcycle crossing of the new 225 mile El Camino route. Since our foot crossing of the route when it was 135 miles we have been working to re-vamp the route to include some of the painted churches in Fayette county plus the churches in Plum and Hoystn since they are so unique and iconic.
On Friday afternoon the 26th we rode the Royal Enfield down from Selma to attend my niece's high school graduation in Yoakum. A great ceremony where I was able to spend some time with my sister and mom and also get to catch up with some old friends from my alma mater. We stayed in the Black Gold motel in Yoakum which is really nice.
Saturday morning we rode out to Koerth to St. John The Baptist Catholic church where the route begins and took a few photos.
After getting started we cruised on to the first stop at Hope Baptist Church with a stop afterwards at the Ezzell Church of Christ and then on to Ezzell School, the second stop on the route.
Making our way into Hallettsville, we stopped at Mossy Grove Methodist Church.
Once we reached Hallettsville we stopped at the 3rd location on the route, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and then the courthouse. Afterwards we stopped for lunch at Novosad's Meat Market for BBQ and beans.
We left with a full belly and made out way out to St. Mary's Catholic Church. And then stopped for cold drink on an old bridge.
We then made out way to Witting where we checked out the Lutheran Church.
After Witting, we went out to St. Anthony's Cemetery and the Breslau Cemetery. We saw a cool barn with a Texas flag painted on it. Then to Moravia where we stopped at Ascension of our Lord Catholic Church and Moravia store.
We took a detour from the official route to see the Moravia Vineyards and Winery and have a light snack with a wine tasting. They have some great local cheese, jellies, and olive oil as well. The building is beautiful and you feel like you're in Italy or France because of it's construction.
Leaving Moravia we headed to St. John to stop at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church. This Church is typically locked so in the last 3 years of stopping here at least 8 times, I've never seen the inside. I need to find a way to make it for mass soon.
After St. John we finally arrive in Schulenburg and stop at St. Rose of Lima Catholic church. There are quite a few hotels and restaurants in Schulenburg, but we continued on from there to see the Piano Bridge.
The Piano Bridge is pretty cool! Next up is Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina, one of the very beautiful Painted Churches in Fayette County.
After taking in the view here, we continued on to Weimar to St. Michael's and then to Ammansville to St. John The Baptist.
On to La Grange we went, which was our stopping point for the day. We happened to pass by the Post Oak Inn, a hole in the wall, true Texas roadside Honky Tonk. So a cool drink was in order.
Unfortunately we reach Monument Hill Tomb State Park, just south of La Grange after closing, so we did not get a great shot of the monument. However we left there and went into town to see Sacred Heart Catholic church and the Texas Women's League historic house, before we checked in at The Oak Motel. The property is a bit dated but generally clean and sufficient.
In La Grange we ate dinner at Bistro 108 which is on the square across from the courthouse. I don't recall the exact dish I ordered, but we did have it with a nice red wine! We walked back to the motel to rest up for the next days journey.
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