Of course I’d have a post about cycling! To be honest, when we left, I had no clue what things would look like in terms of riding my bike. Megan more or less forced me to bring my road bike (stored in the under storage of the RV) plus we both brought our mountain bikes. Considering the space all this bike stuff takes up, we have to get out regularly!
First of all, the mountain bikes are perfect for getting around campgrounds. I’ve toured almost every campground on my bike so far. It’s just a great way to get some fresh air and spin out my legs especially after traveling.
Our first major ride was in the Poverty Creek trail system, outside of Blacksburg, VA. Neither Megan or I consider ourselves expert mountain bikers, so we kept it to the “easy” trails. Easy!? I think NOT. We rode an out and back, single track trail for 10 miles, climbing 900ft. We encountered plenty of obstacles, including large tree roots, rocks, mud, and water. We had so much fun! Each of us dumped our bikes one time, reminding us to stay humble even outside of our home state. This trail system spurred out from Poverty Creek, into more challenging sections. We decided the easy stuff was enough for us, this time around. Maybe when we get some more mountain bike experience, or increase our level of “guts”, we’ll give the other trails a go. Seriously though, very fun trail and definitely recommended!
Megan and I continued to visit this trail system a few times. We even decided to ride our bikes to the trail (5 miles of gravel road from our campground) and then explore the singletrack. The mountain bikes are such a great way to not only get a work out, but also put a smile on your face!
Road biking in Virginia had me anxious before we left Colorado. It is no secret that many motorists loathe road bikes, and I wasn’t sure what that picture would look like here. For certain, I have much more to learn in terms of safe, well traveled routes in this region. However, I couldn’t have been any luckier with a location just outside of Blacksburg. The roads here are seldom used, often accessing farm land or other rural homes. On one occasion, cycling northbound on Spruce Run Rd, I wasn’t overtaken by a car through 5 miles or riding. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the road was absolutely stunning! Pictures can’t describe the fresh air, the smell of the roadside vegetation, and the sounds of a nearby creek. I can honestly say this was some of the nicest riding I’ve done! The only downside is the post ride review on strava, listing all the Virginia Tech cyclists records on the same route. Basically, I’m a snail compared to them!
As indicated in the title of this post, I intend on posting more about cycling in this region. If anyone has suggestions on routes, or how to find them, please let us know!
– The Wrights