High Bridge Trail

It’s two days after Christmas, I’m in Richmond, I have a bike, and I’m doing reconnaissance.

More specifically, my father and I decided to ride a section of the High Bridge Trail from Farmville to Rice, Virginia.  This winter trek was in part to assess the trail for a longer family trip this spring.

The High Bridge Trail is a Virginia State Park.  It was created in 2006 from a former railroad line donated by Norfolk Southern.  This trend of turning abandoned rail lines into recreational trails is becoming commonplace within Virginia and the nation. Continue Reading →

The New River Trail

My friend Caleb and I decided we needed a weekend adventure.  Both lovers of cycling and the outdoors, we opted for a 2 day bicycle camping trip along the New River Trail.

For those who are unaware, the New River Trail is a 50+ mile trail which runs from Pulaski to Galax, Virginia.  The trail was once a part of an active railroad before changes in conditions and economics caused the line to be abandoned.

Virginia has taken the right-of-way and put down a dirt and gravel trail which is now accessible for hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders.  In addition to the trail itself, several parking areas, boat launches, and campgrounds are part of the state park.

So a plan was created to dust off the camping gear, somehow secure it to the bikes, start peddling, and see what happens. Continue Reading →