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Painted Churches Ride Route Plan
September 2007

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Painted Churches of Lavaca County Route Plan

The Ride: A ride that covered two days and 350 miles through the beautiful back roads of Lavaca County to visit the historic painted churches. The ride departed from Austin, Texas and took us to Elgin, Flatonia, Moulton, Shiner, Yoakum, Hallettsville, Lockhart and Wimberly with visits to historic painted churches in Shiner, Sweet Home, Moravia and Praha. We also visited historic taverns in Flatonia and Moravia, toured the historic Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, had a very good meal at Kloesel's Steakhouse in Moulton, and had a relaxing stay at the Olle Hotel in Flatonia.

Day 1: Austin riders meet 6:50 a.m. @ Chili’s 183/Burnet Rd
Depart for Elgin for Breakfast
Drive Hwy 95 southeast                       
Turn left onto Hwy 71 E                       
Exit right on Hwy 230-Loop/Hwy 95   
Continue Hwy 95 southeast  
Flatonia  (Gas Stop)
POI: Olle Hotel/218 S. Market (Check in; leave bags)
POI: Rail Park Station
Backtrack to Hwy 95
Turn left onto Hwy 95
POI: Kloesel’s Steakhouse/101 Moore Ave
POI: Ole Moulton Bank/101 N. Main
POI: Pavlas Tavern/114 S. Main
POI: Wagner’s Dept Store/106 S. Main
Shiner (Gas Stop)
POI: Shiner Brewery (On Hwy 95/603 E. Brewery)
POI: Antiques, Art and Beer/720 N. Avenue E
Next Left on US 90/Avenue E East to St. Cyril Church
POI: St. Cyril & Methodius Church ( 306 S. Ave F)
Backtrack on US 90/Avenue E West     
Turn left onto Hwy 533        
Turn left onto Hwy 443
Turn left onto Hwy 111 to Yoakum
Pearl City             
Yoakum (Gas Stop/Lunch Stop)
Continue on Hwy 111
POI: Circle Y Saddle Co (201 W. Morris)
Turn left onto Hwy 318 ( Sheehan St)  
Turn left onto Hwy 531
Turn right onto Hwy 318 E   
Sweet Home         
POI: Queen of Peace Church
Continue on Hwy 318 northeast
Turn Left on Hwy 77
Turn left onto US 77-Alt to 340           
Turn right onto Hwy 340
Turn right onto Cr-198 East  
Turn right onto Hwy 957      
Turn left onto E Park St        
Hallettsville (Gas Stop/Lunch Stop)
Get on N La Grange St and drive south
Turn left onto E 1st St           
POI: Lavaca Co Courthouse
Turn right onto US 77           
Turn left onto E 3rd St          
Turn right onto S Alma St
Turn left onto E 4th St (US 90 Alt)
Lunch: Janak Country Market/3116 US 90A West (toward Shiner)
Backtrack on US 90 Alt East to Sublime               
Continue on US 90-Alt E northeast      
Turn left onto Hwy 155 north
Left onto Hwy 532
Turn right onto US 77           
Turn left onto Hwy 532        
Right onto Hwy 957 North   
POI: Ascension of our Lord Church 
POI: Moravia Store & Tavern
POI: Option side trip: Rosie’s Hideaway/Hwy 1295 @ 340
Continue on 957 North
Bear left to West County Line Road     
Turn left onto West County Line Rd    
Turn right onto Smith-Marek Rd North
Bear right Smith-Marek Rd   
Dog leg to right on Kainer Rd; then back to Smith Marek Rd
Turn left onto Wolters Rd West            
Turn Left onto Klekar-Gin Rd Southwest            
Turn Right on Hwy 1295 North  
POI: St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption
Turn left onto US 90 to Flatonia; Olle Hotel       
Dinner in Moulton at Kloesel’s Steak House

Day 2 - Flatonia via Wimberly back to Austin
Turn left onto US 90 and drive west
Turn right onto E St            
Turn left onto NW 5th St   
Turn right onto N D Ave   
Turn left onto Hwy 1296    
Get on Hwy 713 and drive northwest              
Turn left onto Hwy 20
Turn right onto 183 S Commerce St 
Keep right onto US 183      
Turn left onto Hwy 142 and drive west           
Turn right onto Hwy 80 and drive northwest 
Option: Side Trip To Gruene
Turn right onto Hwy 12 drive northwest        
Wimberly (lunch/gas stop)
Turn left onto Old Kyle Rd
Get on Fm-3237 and drive east          
Turn left onto Fm-150 and drive north
Turn right onto Fm-1826 and drive east
Turn right onto Hwy 45 E  
Get on S Mo-Pac Expy and drive northeast
Best way home


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