Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Very Different Kind of Excitement

I'm sure many of you miss Bob just as much as I do. He was one of my most-avid blog followers, and he really seemed to enjoy my wide variety of posts. Whether they featured cool roads, pretty scenery, roadside oddities, or more mundane stuff like cows.

I love cows. I don't know why, I just do.

After one post, Bob said, "We don’t have a lot of cows around here as this is not cattle country and the only farms we have are of the vegetable variety. You sure know the good roads..."

So, after we finished playing around on Skyline Drive, I wanted to show ScooterBob some of my favorite local roads and introduce him to my favorite herd of Longhorns at the Marriott Ranch.

As you can see, the weather was picture-perfect.

Along Fodderstack Road, east of Little Washington, VA

Pretty Creek

Longhorns at Marriott Ranch
The Marriott (yes, that Marriott) Longhorns weren't very close to the road, but it still made for a pretty picture.

Hume Road through Marriott Ranch
If you're curious about the Marriott Ranch, click here.

Leeds Manor Road (VA-688) is my favorite Fauquier County Road
That picture is a very good representation of Leeds Manor Road. I'm guessing you can understand why it's a favorite of mine.

Youngish Longhorns along Leeds Manor Road
I'd been hoping to see some cows in a field of buttercups (little yellow flowers), so I figured I'd stop for a quick pic.

It always makes me giggle when cows, very curious animals, all stare at me when I stop.

But this guy...

Friendly young Longhorn.

This guy was VERY curious. And very friendly. He actually came over to say hi to me!

He stopped about three feet away, and stared.

His companions were also quite curious.

My cute little friend.
That's when I decided I HAD to get ScooterBob out to see the cows (and/or bulls).

ScooterBob meets the Longhorns
That was when things started getting even more interesting.

The Longhorns had been curious about me. But ScooterBob REALLY intrigued them.

So I sat him down right next to the fence and retreated a step or two to see what would happen.

Coming in for a closer look.

They all walked over for a closer look.
Yes, I was giggling with delight.

ScooterBob drew a crowd.
How funny is that? But wait, it gets better.

This youngun was VERY curious.
How curious? He decided to take a taste of ToadMama!

I'd never been licked by a cow before.
He didn't stop there. He licked ScooterBob, too! And then tried to bite him.

ScooterBob got up-close-and-personal with the Longhorns!
I saved ScooterBob in the nick of time. I imagine his handlebars would have been crushed!

Inspecting ToadMama and ScooterBob

Wanting another lick!

It was the funniest bovine experience yet!
I'm so glad ScooterBob was there as my witness.

Come on. Give me another kiss!

Continuing south on Leeds Manor Road

Me and ScooterBob with our new friends.

Friendly Virginia Longhorns

Friendly Virginia Longhorns
I told you it was a very different experience! Was I right?

Off for more adventures with ScooterBob today. :-)

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If anyone is interested, I shot a video last year, which started on Hume Road, near the intersection with US-522. It shows the ride from there to the Village Hume and then south on Leeds Manor Road. The battery died about a minute and a half south of where SB and I met the Longhorns. There's no music, just wind and motor sounds, so you might want to press mute before watching.


  1. ScooterBob kissing cows... and why not. They look sweet enough. Thanks for the beautiful ride.

  2. What a perfect trip for ScooterBob to take to see our little slice of heaven..

  3. Awesome. Cows are such curious animals and love to be scratched under the chin just like a dog or cat. I am glad both you and ScooterBob got to see some cow love. Great pictures!

    1. Thanks, Brandy! I'll have to remember the chin thing.

  4. I've never stopped to talk to cows, but I moo loudly in my helmet every time I go past a heard. Thanks for taking Bob to see and greet the cows!!!

    1. You should wave, too. In case they can't hear you mooing. :-)

  5. I think cows are adorable. What a moovelous experience!

  6. Kathy that lush green Virginia countryside is just picture perfect. When we used to drive to Florida we would take I-81 as far down as possible, to just south of Washington, then cut east over to I-95 through the Virginia farmland. Those gently rolling hills with the miles of wooden fences (the white ones are my favorites) are so typically Virginia to me.

    1. David, I know what you mean. Although I tend to like the black fences, but the rock walls are my favorite of them all!

  7. Death by cow licking....its good you saved ScooterBob from this fate!

    1. Dom, I'm not sure it would have done SB in, but it would certainly have crippled him.

  8. Great series of photos with Scooter Bob. I really enjoyed all; your great Cattle photos.