Memorial weekend we attended our 5th Pedaler’s Jamboree in Missouri. The Pedaler’s Jamboree is a 2 day ride on the KATY trail with music, food and beer stops along the way. As always we had a great time. It was nice seeing old friends and making new. We really appreciate the people that watch our videos and approach us on the ride.
I’ll let the video and photos tell the rest of the story.
Yesterday we celebrated the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy’s Opening Day Of Trails with a ride on the near-by Prairie Sunset trail. We began in Wichita and rode 13 miles to the trails current end in the town of Garden Plain. The trail runs east and west and with the trees, bushes and sections where it’s dug in to the hillside, we were slightly protected from the 25 mph south wind. While in Garden Plain we stopped at the two bar & grills for lunch and beverages. At the second stop we really enjoyed our conversation with the owner which ranged from cars (while watching the Mecum auto auction on tv) to MAD magazine which we found out is still being printed. He even gave us hats. On the return ride we crossed paths with a friend who was also enjoying a ride on the trail.
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.
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.
This year was the second for the Pedaler’s Jamboree in Iowa and our first. This year it took place on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail between the towns of Mineola and Shenandoah. The ride is a little longer and more elevation change than the Katy. As always we opted to stay at a motel in town vs camping. Not quite the participation and party as Missouri but still a great time.
We’ve ridden this trail once before back in 2007.