What a difference a week can make. The foliage has definitely begun to turn. Here’s a picture of Orlando Drive on this afternoon’s ride:
After half a year of riding, there are very few local roads I have yet to travel. I scratched Orlando Drive off my list today. It connects Bristow Road and Aden Road, making a nice 23 mile loop. The day was crisp and breezy with temps hovering around 60 degrees.
In order to get to Orlando Drive, I needed to travel up two roads I had not yet been on – Windy Hill and Lake Hill roads. I quickly found myself in upscale estate houses which bordered a man-made lake.
Although there were several signs warning me that this was a dead-end street, I trusted my maps which informed me otherwise. Before I reached the end of the road, I came across an estate home with a family of goats in the side yard. You don’t see something like that every day!
As I suspected, the end of the Lake Hill Road was merely a gate meant to keep cars from passing down the street (God forbid the people of Windy Lake be disturbed!). I was able to bypass the gate and continue on my way to Orlando Drive.
I made it home without event, other than discovering 1/2 mile of Orlando Drive is a gravel road. When I bought the Trek, I promised myself I would avoid such places like the plague, but I had little choice this time. I got through the stretch without flatting, which is always a pleasant surprise for me.
Virginia Historical Marker Segment! This marker is located at the corner of Cardinal Drive and Minnieville Road. It’s a busy intersection and (like most of these markers) I doubt most automobile drivers have the ability to read the sign as they go past. In this episode, we learn the fate of a pastor we never heard of, the impact of the northern dairy industry on early Prince William County, the location of yet another Confederate unit, and some postal history.