We’ve had a colder and snowier winter than most, but for the past several weeks there has been a small bit of solace: the nicest weather of the week has occurred on the weekend. Such was the case on Saturday when the temperature reached 70 degrees in the late afternoon. The skies were cloudy and the wind was brisk but I wasn’t about to complain.
I had no particular place to go, so I wandered on the country roads between Brentsville and Nokesville looking for something interesting. It didn’t take me long to find it. I bet this won’t stay on the market for long. The possibilities for its use are endless!
The roads around this part of the county are straight, flat, and car-free. Below is a picture of Crockett Road, but it could just as easily be Hooe Road, Valley View Drive, Flory Road, or several others in the area.
Here is a shot of a humble homestead, no doubt occupied by a laborer or tradesman working paycheck to paycheck. It’s typical of the construction that has occurred here in the last 15 years.
On Parkgate Drive, there was plenty of activity on the farms. And by activity I mean animals laying about enjoying the warm weather. Here is a typical scene.
It was very nice and worry-free riding. I saw several other cyclists about and even happened upon two very serious cyclists as I turned back onto Crockett Road. It was one of those awkward moments where they were clearly stronger riders who were just spinning their wheels and I showed up at precisely the wrong time, only fifty feet behind them and closing. I didn’t want to overtake them as this would be viewed as a challenge and I didn’t want to sit on their wheel as this would be viewed as being rude. I could see them downshift and begin to pick up their pace. Meanwhile, I found a reason to stop and take a picture, thus defusing the entire situation.
On my way back through Brentsville, I noticed that the general store was up for sale, as was the old house that is next to it. It looks like the proprietor is ready to move on to other pursuits.
Heading home on Brentsville Road, I took this picture of Broad Run, which regular viewers will recognize. I am particularly proud of this picture as I took it while riding at normal cruising spread with (of course) a car passing me at the precise moment I wanted to take the shot. All things considered, it turned out well, I think.
My final item of interest is the Woodbine Family Worship Center, which has a unique warning for people who wish to park on their premises for other than religious purposes.
I reached home in fine form and when I compared notes from previous rides, I realized I had just tied my longest ride of the year to date. Had I known that earlier, I would have done a few donuts or cruised up a few side streets to set a new mark. I guess I will have to take comfort in the fact that warmer weather will mean this mark will soon fall.