I’ve been getting lucky with the weather these days with the weekend weather being the best of the week. Last weekend was good enough to get in a ride before another snowstorm which shut the city down on Monday. Things slowly melted during the week until the best weather arrived on Saturday. So I set off to check on some places I haven’t visited in a few months, just to make sure everything was as it should be.
At the Aden Country Store, I made a rare (for me) right turn onto Fleetwood Drive. This lonely outpost of civilization has saved me more than once with a cool beverage and some shade. It’s hard to believe its only five miles from suburbia.
Fleetwood is a nice country road, full of farms and fancy estate “McMansions.” Here’s a barn that caught my eye.
While on Fleetwood, I took a moment to capture a picture of a white tree, standing out from its neighbors.
Moving on, I noticed preparations continue apace for the new Brentsville K-8 school which is, confusingly, located near Nokesville.
I wandered down Marsteller Drive to check on the old Iron Bridge east of town. Last May I wrote about the history of this bridge and a project that was underway to move it so a larger, safer bridge could replace it. I was interested to see if work had begun. The answer – no.
Onward I went toward the Manassas Airport. I traveled along Broad Run (why the creeks are called “runs” around here, I do not know) and spotted a photo opportunity that won’t be available to me in a few months. At this time of year, the brush along the creek banks hasn’t grown, so I was able to manage a short, muddy, walk in cycling shoes to take a picture. I noted with approval the water is less muddy than a few weeks ago. You can see we still have a bit of snow to take care of before Spring can officially begin.
And that was that. I finished off a pleasant 38-mile ride and am now looking forward to increasingly warmer weather and longer days. Daylight Savings Time started on Sunday so I will hopefully be getting my mileage up to respectable levels. On my Facebook page, I regale readers with a short bit of history for the year that corresponds to my mileage to date. Sadly, we are still mired in the 3rd Century. I hope to get to the Dark Ages very soon!