In June, Tim & I rode 68 mi on the Virginia Creeper Trail, a rail to trail that spans 34 mi from Abingdon to Whitetop, VA. We stayed in Damascus, VA, the mid-point of the trail, at a quaint Airbnb “The Inn on Creeper Way.” Bike rentals & shuttles are available in Damascus but we took our mountain bikes fitted with skinny tires, perfect for the crushed limestone surface. Our inn was right on the trail so we began there climbing 17 mi toward Whitetop. (Many riders take a 30 min. shuttle to Whitetop & coast the 17 mi downhill.) After riding to Whitetop and returning to Damascus, we headed toward Abingdon where there were fewer riders, and the landscape changed to trestles & farmland. I suggest riding the Creeper during the off-season or early in the day to avoid lots of novice riders. There were many water stops, one was Creeper Cafe home of the World Famous Chocolate Cake!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you get your favorite flowers, chocolates, or maybe something
special for your bike. Okay, enough dreaming…on to bike club business. The Winter bike club
meeting was eventful, in case you didn’t make it, read on:
The club now has tools to loan to members.
Spring Training Camp (spring bike tune-up with basic on-bike skills course) is being planned for early spring.
Treasurer, Scott Byrom is working on 501(c)7 status for the club.
A walk/bike committee, a joint effort of Manchester and Tullahoma to make our areas more walk/bike friendly, has recently formed. HRBike Members are welcome to participate. HRBike calendar has details. Continue reading
We hope cycling in 2016 was fun, and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Looking back at 2016, what helped make the journey fun and safe? Here’s some suggestions for gifts, gadgets & gizmos received in answer to that question:
Jeff Albro bought his wife, Jill, a new bike and outfitted it with a mirror & computer. Jeff says any cyclist would also appreciate tire changing spoons, multi-tool, CO2 inflator, and inner tubes. Continue reading