Our 3rd trail on our Fall trip was the New River Trail State Park in Virginia. Day 1 we rode from Foster Falls to Pulaski and back for a total of 51 miles. The town of Pulaski can be accessed from the New River Trail via the Dora trail. Another nice trail with beautiful scenery.
Day 2 on the Virginia Creeper. We rode from Abingdon to Damascus and back for a total of 31 miles. After the beautiful scenery of the first day on the trail up to Whitetop, we thought this half of the trail wouldn’t compare but we weren’t disappointed.
At Damascus our turn around point, we ate really good veggie burritos at Hey Joe’s and then went back to the Damascus Old Mill for a local beer before turning back to Abingdon.
The 2nd trail of our Fall trip was on the Virginia Creeper a Rails To Trails Conservancy hall-of-fame rail-to-trail. We drove from Abingdon where we were staying to Damascus which is about midpoint on the trail. From Damascus we rode up to Whitetop and on to the North Carolina border and then back to Damascus for a total of 38 miles.
Bike rental companies that shuttle people and bikes from Damascus to Whitetop where riders can coast nearly the entire way back to Damascus is big business here. This half of the trail was really busy on a weekday. I can’t imagine riding it on a weekend. Going up you have to really watch for the groups of people coasting down and taking up the entire trail. Once we reached Whitetop we were tempted to see if a shuttle would take us down so we wouldn’t have to ride in all the chaos but it turned out not to be as bad as we anticipated. I recommend riding up if you’re able. The slower pace let’s you take in more of the great scenery.
On the night of our arrival in Abingdon we ate at 128 Pecan. After day 1 of riding back in Abingdon we had a beer at The Tavern (established 1779) and then dinner at the Peppermill. All good places.
The Tanglefoot Trail is paved rail-to-trail that is well maintained and has very nice amenities. Not a lot of scenery though. We rode the trail from New Albany to Houlka and back for a total of 72 miles. This was the first ride of our Fall vacation.
I recently decided to do the Coffee Outside thing on some of my rides. Doing it cheaply was my main goal.
After watching several videos on different alcohol stove designs I decided on what seemed the simplest and made mine from an aluminum beer bottle.
I bought a little stainless pot at Walmart for about $5.
For my pour-over set-up I cut off the top of a Gatorade bottle to make a funnel. Since these photos were taken I’ve put the lid back on with a couple of holes drilled in it so the coffee steeps a little longer. I use the standard coffee filters which we already have at home.
For a windscreen I first used aluminum foil and later epoxied together a few pieces cut from cans.
Not being a real coffee geek I’m fine using the same pre-ground cheap coffee that we use in our automatic drip maker at home.
If I continue to do this I’m sure I will tweak and refine my system.
Before leaving Missouri to return home from Buddy’s Pedal Fest we drove to the town of Windsor. Windsor is where the Katy and the new Rock Island rails-to-trails intersect. I hopped on Nova’s bike and rode around briefly.