I hadn’t heard of the Virginia Creeper Trail until a few months ago. Since I knew that a Virginia Creeper was a type of climber, however, I figured it had got it’s name from the plant, rather than any issues with weirdos lurking about it.
We stayed in a small town called Abingdon just in a local Comfort Inn, and spent the first day there learning what the tourism slogan for Virginia is…..
……and exploring the nearby Heartwood Centre, which displays and sells the works of local artisans. I highly recommend a visit if you have no kids, or kids old enough to know not to touch everything. If not….maybe not so much.
The next day, we drove to our bike hire station in nearby Damascus, to have our bikes selected and get a shuttle bus to the top of the trail with them. We used a company called Sun Dog (there were a few other companies all clustered around the same area), and from the start of the trail back to the station was going to be 17 miles of the full 34 mile Virginia Creeper Trail. Almost all down hill, which is even more exciting when you are going to be towing a buggy containing a child behind your bike.
I don’t think I’ve ever had an easier bike ride, in spite of the distance, and in spite of the buggy. We saw others riders of all ages and fitness levels. Most of them started from the top and took the easy ride down, with only the odd fitness fanatic riding in the opposite direction.
Fall is apparently the busiest time of the year, and I can see why. The views were like something on a postcard.
Partway down there were at least 2 choices in cafe for lunch, and on the day we were riding, a fundraiser had set up as well selling hotdogs and other things. This place seemed to be getting the most business, though.
By the end of the ride, my butt was the only part of me that was sore. It really was that relaxed.
(Tip – bring band-aids just in case. One of our group came off her bike and we didn’t have any. A generous Kiwi riding past gave us one)
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