Archive for August 10th, 2007

Aug 4, 2007 –

Several of us met the Pirate Express at the Grayson Highlands Campground on Friday Aug 3rd. Our plan was to bike the VA Creeper rail trail on Saturday. Katy & Darian were in training for a 100 mile road ride the next weekend, so they chose to get up at 6, drive to Abingdon and ride up the trail. Marion and I chose to meet them at the top and ride back to Abingdon with them.

Instead of parking at Green Cove (the postmaster we consulted for directions wasn’t sure about Green Cove’s location), Marion and I parked at Whitetop Station, the generally accepted top of the trail. We rode down the trail and stopped at Green Cove to wait for Katy & Darian. They arrived about five minutes after we did. But they had ridden uphill for 32 miles (in 3 hours) and we had only ridden downhill for 3 miles (in a leisurely 20 minutes).

Green Cove Station

The rest of the group decided to meet us at the Baja Cafe in Damascus for lunch. Even though it was pretty hot out, we ate at the outdoor tables in a little alley beside the store. We had the area all to ourselves.

Cap’n Morgan and COP and Katy

In the afternoon, we continued riding down the trail and enjoyed such sites as

bridge over the Holston River

pasture and farmland

rock cuts through mountain ridges

And a yardsale!


Darian fell in love with a cast iron frying pan and Marion gave him $30 just to see him try to ride away with it.

How can this go in?

And he did!

We finished up the evening with a cookout back at the Pirate Express.

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