There are entirely too many dirt roads in my part of the world. There are over five million people living in the Washington Metropolitan Area and one would think that most highways and byways would be paved. That is certainly not the case in the area southwest of Manassas near Nokesville. I’ve had several mishaps on dirt roads and roads that simply disappeared. Today, I toured another dirt tract: Lonesome Road.
I probably shouldn’t have gone down this road. I’d forgotten to replace my saddle bag after washing my bike and was without a spare inner tube. A flat here would mean a call home for a pickup and I was 25 miles away. I’ve had bad luck with my Crosstrail on gravel roads, but I was on my Trek and this road was mostly dirt and seemed to be smoother. I’d been staring at this road for weeks on MapMyRide.Com and this route was specifically chosen so I could travel down it. So I threw caution to the wind and gave it a shot.
I am pleased to report I completed the two-mile stretch without incident. Lonesome Road is perhaps the most aptly named road in the county. If you’re looking for a quiet place nestled amongst dairy farms, this is the place for you. There is a pleasant creek you can enjoy at the midway point. Other than that, there isn’t much to catch the eye.
Having made it to a paved road north of Nokesville, I turned south toward that town and made it home in very good shape. This was my longest ride of the year to date and I believe I am ready for my first organized ride in three weeks – the 59 mile Vasaloppet.