Editor Steve shares his pointers for a romantic excursion on the Virginia Creeper Trail

Steve, our editor here at Blair, recently went an a biking trip in the mountains of Virginia for his anniversary. Using what he knew from a couple of our books, he and his wife took to the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34-mile trail that winds through the Blue Ridge mountains. Afterward, he decided to share some pointers for those of us considering to head that way for a romantic getaway. Enjoy!


Editor’s Tips for Riding the Virginia Creeper Trail

1. Don’t be a hero/moron. I say hero. My wife says otherwise. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a former rail line turned into a popular corridor for bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians. Stretching 34 miles in southwestern Virginia, it includes a downhill run along Laurel Creek from Whitetop Mountain to Damascus, then a mostly flat course to the town of Abingdon. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s not cold. If everyone at the outfitter tells you to wear a jacket, take it under consideration. Don’t be the only idiot in short sleeves on top of the mountain for the 9 a.m. run.

2. Remember, it’s your anniversary. Even if you outweigh your spouse by 70 pounds and figure you have a big advantage on the downhill portions, it’s conceivable that she could disappear ahead of you down the trail. Allow her a little fun. And more than a little gloating. Tell her how well she’d do pushing the lawnmower back home, since she’s so physically blessed.

3. Take advantage of snacking opportunities. You’ll find several along the trail. Don’t worry about your spouse. She may be irked, but she’ll come back. And then you’ll get to start off even again. Offer to buy.

4. Don’t get mad. Get bitter. Even though you’re riding a bicycle down a mountain, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that you could be passed by runners. They might even stop for a few minutes just so they can pass you again. Don’t begrudge them their youthful vigor. They’ll be middle-aged someday, too. And pity them their university colors. Maroon and orange? Really? It’s a wonder they can get a single 18-year-old girl to enroll. Go Cavs!


Suggested Reading

Road Cycling the Blue Ridge High Country by Tim Murphy

A Guide to the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail by Joe Wilson


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