There is this road right when you come in the main gate of Sweet Briar. It called Sanctuary Road. When I first saw it I thought "Yep, that's going to be my main running road". It was perfect. Packed gravel, only a slight incline, surrounded by tall trees on both sides. My first time running here I ran straight there and headed down the road. The road held up to it's name...for .3 miles...then it dead ends, along with my sanctuary. I rarely stop during a run, but I found the dead ends so jarring that I found myself standing in the middle of the road, angry at first, then searching for a possible trail out the other side. No trail. Nothing to do but turn around. I found the run back out to the main road much less enjoyable than the run in. I quickly went back to angry. Who names a road to nowhere that?! Why wasn't there a sign so people don't' get their hopes up?!
I have found several trails and routes I like but each time I drive by that road I want to run down it. I imagine where it could go, what might be on the other end, and the sound of the gravel under my feet. Even though I already know the answers, I find myself imagining the wonderful places it might go.