Gum Spring Road is the Rodney Dangerfield of roads. It wasn’t until residents moving into South Riding started to complain about the condition of Gum Spring Road that the folks at Loudoun.gov even realized Gum Spring Road was in Loudoun County! We’ve lived on this road-turned-highway since July of 1988 and for years we dodged hundreds of potholes all along the road from Rt 50 to Rt 234. The road looked like it belonged in territory occupied by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
So with the influx of new neighbors we finally got Gum Spring Road on the radar screen of Loudoun County and the Department of Transportation. What a difference pavement makes!
Here’s a recent pic of our peaceful country road:
Beautiful isn’t it? Well, it really is a beautiful road, at least this stretch, when there aren’t any cars going by. Problem is the 300 cars per day we had back in July of 1988 have multiplied into over 10,000 each weekday. So the occasional roar of a truck or wave-like sound of a car is now almost constant except for the wee hours of the morning.
At night when most everyone is asleep the road is calm and the wildlife comes out to play. It’s amazing what still lives in the area. Of course most people just see the unlucky critters that misjudged how fast a car or truck was coming, but the few of us that still live on this road-turned-highway are treated to some interesting encounters with what remains of our local wildlife.
We knew coming in that the area was going to grow and the traffic would get nasty-busy. We just thought we’d stick around a few years and then move along to some peaceful neighborhood with our boys. But, even with the issues that come with a 37 year old house and the ever-growing beast called Gum Spring Road, we have fallen in love with our home in the country and are determined to stay.
So without further rambling I introduce you to GumSpringRoad.com. You’ll find things here that you won’t find in any of the local papers and you’ll also find our online marketplace full of truly special deals on items you’d otherwise have to buy from a big-box store and last, but not least, you’ll find products produced by local artisans, craftsmen, and entrepreneurs.