The road to his place runs at right angles to the "main" north-south two-track. It's dirt (sand, actually) for about a mile and then there is a three-mile section of old, old macadam which is literally the Paved Road from Hell. (Not "to" hell, as they are real nice folks.) This is one of those 10-mph byways that are sometimes found in these parts.
At some point in the distant past the county must have been flush. How that happened is an open question, considering the population and the extreme sparseness of that population up in this end of the county. But anyway they paved a number of wee little roads and then more or less abandoned them. By now almost all of them are completely derelict and exist in random chunks.
They're a big nuisance, while a plain dirt (sand) road up here is often darn good and one can make good time on one. I wish they'd tear 'em all out and revert to sand. But I don't think that's going to happen. Not in these penny-pinching times.