The Color Purple & Gold

Each May the pastures of Washington County turn purple and gold. And Valley Forge Lane transitions to tangled underbrush that can bring an 800 lb iron horse to its knees.

Bees on nettle Rita Vista

Purple and Gold

Winter Rye turning gold

Winter Rye turning gold 2

Round bale on Ellerman Rd

Valley Forge Ln - The End

The Dark Knight - End of Valley Forge Ln

Heaven’s Gate

The Otto Bahn (named affectionately for the owner next door) is a right-of-way road leading to land-locked Pasture Paradiso. The road is overgrown even in the dead of Winter and every ride on a Harley down it’s alternately powdery and hard-pan lunar surface is a quarter mile of high adventure through a piece of dense forest that we swear no human has set foot in to this day. But that all ends at Heaven’s Gate.

Off Hwy 105 in Washington County, Texas. Right-of-way roads are common in the country and they transport land-locked property owners to a place of magical privacy…a world within a world.

The Dark Knight on the Otto-Bahn-2

The Otto Bahn-2

Heaven's Gate-2

The Road That Time Forgot

Valley Forge Ln ends here where no rider has gone before. If the washed-out surface doesn’t throw you the Brangus bones will. Summer growth makes this road unnavigable on a Harley-Davidson but the dead of Winter presents a fighting chance. Valley Forge is a sparse community populated by the descendents of slaves. It lies on Clay Creek Road just off FM 390 in Washington County near Independence—birthplace of The Republic Of Texas. People and places in these parts have names from early America. Families are named Smith and roads, Ben Franklin. With its haunted relics from a forgotten past Valley Forge Lane is the most aptly named of all.

DK on VF Ln sm legbone at RV abandoned dairy abandoned dairy cow run abandoned dairy cow run front view