Texas State Highway 19 is where I do most of my riding. 19 runs from Huntsville, Texas to Paris Texas. 188.4 miles of East Texas farms, ranches and small towns. SH 19 runs through 10 counties, 13 towns and numerous communities. These towns are rich in Texas history and some date back to the 1800’s. SH 19 was built in 1917 by the Texas Highway Department.
I live a 1.5 miles from SH 19 about 7 miles outside of Canton, Texas. My daily ride is often a trip to town and back via SH 19. I ride some of the county roads in my area but I feel much safer on the wide shoulders of SH 19.
My intent this spring is to ride the length of SH 19 and explore the small towns along the way. I don’t feel strong enough to ride the full length at one time, but will make multiple day trips of 30 or 40 miles until I cover the distance. This will be both my training for longer rides and honing my touring skills and equipment.