February 19, 2017
If you head northwest from the truck stop at Toms Brook and turn left at the trailer park, you find yourself on Country Brook Road. Suddenly you're back in rural America! Drive past Country Gardens and bear right near the actual creek called Toms Brook (which the town was named for) and head up Brook Creek Road. (Ya gotta love these names, right?)
Watch for the farm entrance on the right with the brick gateway: Moo Manor! How's that for a name?
The residence does look like a manor house! But this is a working farm, or is ranch a better term? They raise hormone-free beef.
Farther up the road you have the option of bearing left onto Sand Ridge Road. It will take you to Back Road, but before that you'll pass scenic St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.
When you reach Back Road, you can turn right and then make another right at Mt. Olive. That will take you back to the truck stop, where you can buy ice cream or coffee before getting back on the Interstate 81. I like making little tours like this through the country.