Very nice! I hear you about the mental health aspects of riding, especially when you go solo and don't have to coordinate anything, just follow the front wheel wherever it leads you.
I live west of Lexington, VA and many times I'll just head out from the farm and ride generally south-southwest and there's a lot of nice country out there with very few people in it. Same thing if I head north-northwest toward West Virginia. I've discovered some very nice roads and now wish I would have marked them down or something so I could find them again
. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to keep exploring, and now Big Walker Mountain is on the radar!
Hope you're weathering the cold snap alright! It was 73 degrees here Tuesday and today it's 16 with ice everywhere. WTF??