It's about 10 spirit-lifting miles from Sugar Grove to Flat Ridge over the mountain between the Holston and New River Headwaters. Over the mountain between the Raccoon Branch and Jerry Creek headwaters to bring the scale down to truck level, to belly level stoked with pork tenderloin, scrambled eggs and Peggy's sweet honey.
It's 10:30 am. A late start for me, but it's been raining for four days and all this morning. No need to chase morning light. No need to read maps, no need to look for stops and shots. I know them by heart. I've traveled this road many times over, a natural North-South track, quiet, local, forested with lots of old values.
It's 10:45 am. The Old Pasture Gate. I've leaned on it and talked to it. I've marveled at it's endurance and the lovely fields beyond. With film and computer chip. Spring and Fall. Hot sun and, today, foggy rain. It's beyond me to explain my love for this old gate. But, no need.
County Road 601
Grayson County, Virginia
Wednesday 27 May 2009