29 July 2016
One of the great things about riding is that you get to see the world around you a little slower. Even with riding the same route you see things that you missed before that brings some enjoyment to the ride.
So the other Sunday I put the road wheels on the Waltworks to get out for a road ride and to get some distance in. It has been a while since I have been out on the road. I think some of that has been due to the fact that people seem to not be able to just drive. They have a impulse to have to check their cell phone for whatever has just been posted and not focus on the road.
I took a route that I have ridden many times before and about 30 minutes of riding takes me to a rural part of the county that I live in. On that ride I rode to an area that had a old country church and a abandon country store. Winterpock Grocery was the name of the store and the area that I was riding in. I started to think about how that store use to be the center of that community. Only about 10 minutes by car could you be at all the superstores that you can buy most anything you want and even things that you didn't know you needed.
I remember that my Granddad on my father's side had a little country store. I can only remember going there two times but I remember getting a small paper bag of penny candy and a orange creamsicle push-up on my visits. This store to me back to that time.
It got me thinking about the people that would have come to that store to get a soda and hangout and talk with a neighbor or purchase some worms to go fishing down at the creek. That was a much slower time than our 24 hour connected life that we live today.
I figured I would start a little project on the blog and that would be capture a picture on my rides of old country stores and other things of interest and try to find some of the history behind them.
The Messenger a news letter of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and on page 7 is an article titled Memories of Winterpock by Hazel Bowman Cole. This location is also a Geocache # GC5HVYC if you are into Geocaching. That is about the area where I took the picture. I hope you find it interesting and I plan on sharing more post like this.