My apologies to any offended cycling enthusiasts for titling this post after a song which celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile, but it seemed appropriate for today’s ride. The skies were cloudy and the temperature remained frustratingly cool, so I didn’t embark on any great adventure. I just puttered around the Nokesville area, which I am getting to know quite well.
My first stop was Brentsville, where I checked in on the old County Court. Built in 1822, this was the 4th county seat of Prince William County. The building is rumored to be haunted and the TV show Ghost Hunters filmed an episode here in 2009. They didn’t find any ghosts then and I once again failed to notice any on this morning’s trip. In 1890, the county moved its seat to Manassas, which was rapidly expanding due to the railroad intersection near the town. Brentsville’s significance began to fade and today the town has only 2,400 inhabitants.
After Brentsville, I wandered through farm and horse country. This is always a pleasant ride, even on a drab day. I then passed through Bristow and briefly got on to Rte 28. This road is an accident waiting to happen with very heavy traffic moving at high speeds and little shoulder. Unfortunately, there are few options if you want to get to Nokesville from this area and that is what I intended to do. I once again cheated death and moved back onto country roads.
It was at this point that I saw the ostrich.
To say he (or she?) was out of place would be an understatement. I cannot imagine why someone would want to raise ostriches, but clearly at least one person thought it would be a good idea. He enjoyed my company and walked back and forth in front of me, no doubt looking for a handout. I patiently explained to the bird that I don’t share my ride snacks with anyone. I don’t think he understood my point. In any event, I pressed on and crossed over an iron bridge on the outskirts of Nokesville.
Pedaling through Nokesville, I began to notice a lot of cyclists on the road. There were a few groups of three or four riders and several people riding solo. It looks like people are gearing up for the summer cycling season, despite the weather. I carried on to Carriage Ford Road on the west side of Nokesville, and took in some views of the mansions masquerading as horse farms.
And with that, it was time to once again traverse the hills on Aden Road and find my way home. In honor of my blogging friend, Rev Rider, I am pleased to report I found one banana peel on today’s ride. Here’s hoping this is one of the last cool/cold rides of the Spring. There’s reason for optimism; as I type these words the sun has broken out and the day has turned quite lovely. If you’ll excuse me, I think I will take a nap on my back deck.