1. Reset blog odometer to zero.
2. Get on bike.
New Years Day brought the warmest weather we’ve seen in six weeks. With temps in the mid-50s, I only had to don about HALF my cold weather gear, which was great. I got in a 43-mile ride which took me to the far (Western) side of Nokesville Road. Only four of the miles in that area were new to me and there wasn’t much to report, other than construction of the yet-to-be-named Prince William County High School #11 appears to be almost complete. I sampled two new (for me) Clif Bars – Carrot Cake and Blueberry – and both were quite tasty. It’s hard for me to miss with a Clif Bar. While riding through the small town of Nokesville, I was treated to a rendition of Ave Maria from the town’s church bells. Very nice.
There were a lot of cyclists on the roads today. I counted 14, which is a large number, even for a summer’s day. As I passed a couple on Aden Road, we congratulated ourselves for cycling every day in 2011. If I can keep this rate up, I’ll log 15,695 miles this year! Somehow, I don’t think I’ll reach that mark.
Virginia Historical Marker Segment!
While pedaling by the Bristoe Battlefield, I spied these two markers which I had not noticed before. A couple of things caught my eye. First, the markers were erected nine years apart and you can see the difference in weathering between the two. Second, I have no idea why the place of the battle is “Bristoe Station” when the town is presently known as “Bristow.” Very strange. Those with an exceptional memory will recall my first post on this battlefield, where I mention a local housing contractor is refurbishing things. The latest example of this effort is the wooden plank fence located behind the signs. These fences are obligatory at every Civil War battlefield. I’m looking forward to visiting again in the summer and seeing what other improvements have been made.