After having posted some ride pics and videos recently, I got a comment from one of my followers asking, "Don't you ever get any traffic?"
My answer? Of course! Just not much.
In fact, I am constantly amazed at how little traffic we encounter. We do spend most of our time on the lesser-traveled back roads. But still. We're a stone's throw from DC and Northern Virginia, a place that consistently ranks among the top five worst traffic regions in the country.
First, I have to clarify something. We live in the northern part of
Virginia, but we don't live in "Northern Virginia" (aka NoVA).
The area known as NoVA includes Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties. They are shaded brown, tan, and yellow, respectively, in the image above.
I am always telling people Warrenton sits right on the line between NoVA madness (think overcrowded suburbs and LOTS of congestion) and the Shenandoah Valley (think bucolic countryside).
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The differences are quickly apparent. Travel northeast and east about 10 miles and you'll find yourself in NoVA. The land of MANY strip malls, overpopulation, traffic, and rudeness. Head in any other direction from Warrenton and you'll quickly find yourself in the country. Really.
Before deleting the 1,900-plus photos my helmet cam captured the other day, I went through and picked out some images that actually do show traffic. Even I was surprised to discover that only about 10% of those images showed moving vehicles of any type. Cool, eh?
And just to prove to Sonja that we do have traffic, I put this slideshow together...
I tend not to include pics with cars or other stuff in them because they just look ugly. But I'll have to try and remember to throw some in every now and then. Just to keep things real. Know what I'm sayin'?