Our main activity today was a 17-mile bike trip on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Several riders actually added another four miles or so to their total because they decided to backtrack and ride another section over again just because they were a speedy group. The ride went through mostly forested countryside as we crossed 32 trestles. The Virginia Creeper is a “rails-to-trails” conversion where unused railroad beds are deeded over as biker, hiker, and equestrian trails. Users get miles of relatively flat (or in our case downhill) trails without the worry of encountering automobile traffic. It makes for a relaxing and enjoyable ride. Our route took us from White Top to Damascus which is about half the total trail.
After lunch we had one of our treats for “compliments” at Dairy Queen and returned to the hotel after a drive through Abingdon to check it out. Boys got to swim before dinner and after our dinner we conluded the evening with our Chapman Mann Junk-Food Party. No worries parents – the boys didn’t eat as much as you might have expected.
Tomorrow, we’re home. Did I say I will miss this group of boys?
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