Opening Day For Trails

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.

Photo credit Nova.

Covered bridge on the trail.

The Stern Bar & Grill.

Lunch at The Stern.

Reading MAD magazine at The Other Place.

Free hats!

Words to live by.

“Bike on wood” photo for Bicycle Ride & Seek.

New River Trail – Virginia – Day 2

Day 2 on the New River Trail State Park in Virginia was from Foster Falls to Galax and back for a total of 59 miles.

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New River Trail – Virginia – Day 1

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.

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Virginia Creeper – Day 2

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.

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Virginia Creeper – Day 1

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.

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Tanglefoot Trail – Mississippi

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.

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Rail-To-Trail Crossroads

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.

The Katy crossing over the Rock Island.

The Katy crossing over the Rock Island.

Looking down on the Rock Island from the Katy.

Looking down on the Rock Island from the Katy.

Abandoned bike on the Rock Island.

Abandoned bike on the Rock Island.

On the Rock Island and the Katy above.

On the Rock Island and the Katy above.

In town.

In town.

Pedaler’s Jamboree Iowa

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.

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Pedaler’s Jamboree 2016

Memorial weekend we attended our 4th Pedaler’s Jamboree which is a bike ride and party on the Katy Trail between Columbia and Boonville, Missouri. This year our Nephew joined us on the first day.

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Opening Day for Trails

To celebrate “Opening Day for Trails” Saturday we rode our local rail-to-trail the Prairie Sunset which was about 24 miles round trip.

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