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Every time I've gone to visit my son and his family in Houston, I've been tempted to take a shortcut down Farm-to-Market Road 565. Even if it didn't save any time, I was sure it would be prettier than my usual Interstate 10 to Highway 146 route or Highway 146 to Interstate 10 route depending on if I was coming or going.
As a public service announcement for anyone who has ever considered that Farm-to-Market 565 might be a shortcut, I present to you my findings:
- It isn't pretty. It's just a curvy two-lane road through mostly industrial parks and refineries.
- It passes in front of Houston Raceway Park. Luckily, at the time I passed, the race was evidently in progress. Based on the amount of cars in the various parking lots, I hate to think of the traffic congestion I would have encountered on this two-lane road if the park had just been opening or if the race had just been ending.
- There are several railroad tracks and I had to wait for a train to pass at one of them.