I'm with MLE:
Far better to make the details part of the story. If they don't further the plot or the characterizations, leave them out, or figure a way to weave that in. So if the roads are unpaved and muddy, have the lady dirty her dress, and make that play into something important coming up.
There are authors I love who use lots and lots of setting detail, as well as authors I love who are rather sparing with it. But when the story stops dead in its tracks while the author lavishes description on something that doesn't play a role in the plot and isn't particularly important to the characters, it's never good.
The last book I read was Dorothy Dunnett's Niccolo Rising
. For my taste, she often includes a little too much detail. But in the first chapter, there's a wonderful example of making the story come alive through the expert use of detail. One of the characters is a scruffy young man on a barge moving through a canal lock. Another character is an aristocratic young lady ashore who is wearing a hennin - the classic medieval cone-shaped headdress. In a commotion, the hennin gets knocked off her head and lands in the canal water. The scruffy young man goes to great lengths to retrieve it for her, but by the time he fetches and returns it, it has come unglued from the water and is stained blue from the dye on his hands (he's a dyer's apprentice). The whole scene is full of motion and tension. We don't get a static description of the hennin - it's central to the interaction of the characters, helping to characterize them as individual personalities and to move the story forward by showing how the two of them meet.