Today we got out on the bikes and hit the New River Trail, which is actually a Virginia State Park. A bike seat installed on busywife’s bike and a Trail Gator for mine and our son and daughter were ready to go along…
New River-side Store and Deli – one stop shopping! Rentals, grab lunch, and of course gas and C-store stuff…
The road crossing can be busy. Keep an eye out, especially with kids.
This is what most of the trail is like. Shaded, river views and wonderfully flat for mountain climb weary legs.
Here we stopped to let some nice equestrian folks pass by.
And to Fries Junction, our destination for today.
Our kid-toting contraptions installed on the bikes:
This copperhead was very near the bike racks. He never moved the whole time we were there. Always be careful where you step…
Fries Junction always seems to be a busy spot. Nice place to have a snack or bring your lunch.
One day we’ll pedal with the kids all the way to Galax and back. Just not today!
Next we crossed the New on the bridge – to say we’ve done it – and headed back to the Fries trailhead.
Plenty of equestrians out today…
On the way back, my daughter surprises us with wanted to “go off of the Gator.” There she goes!
Double Shoals campground along the way back – quiet place for primitive riverside camping.
The cows we see every year:
And a friendly reminder about trail etiquette.
I had forgotten to re-start my bike computer on part of the ride – this was close to 12 miles on the trail in reality. I was surprised that my daughter rode half of that all my herself!
Later in the day we checked out a trail in the RV Park that Tom has constantly been improving:
Ropes to help you on the steep part:
With a nice porch-style swing at the end overlooking the campsites:
Back at the bottom, a view down the small creek…
Before dinner we took the dog to the river for some stomping around…
Notice the cairns that someone had built almost in the middle of the river!