VA Mountains 2014–Day 9 (New River Trail)

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…

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New River-side Store and Deli – one stop shopping!  Rentals, grab lunch, and of course gas and C-store stuff…

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The road crossing can be busy.  Keep an eye out, especially with kids.

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This is what most of the trail is like.  Shaded, river views and wonderfully flat for mountain climb weary legs.

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Here we stopped to let some nice equestrian folks pass by.

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And to Fries Junction, our destination for today.

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Our kid-toting contraptions installed on the bikes:

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More horses!

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This copperhead was very near the bike racks.  He never moved the whole time we were there.  Always be careful where you step…

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Fries Junction always seems to be a busy spot.  Nice place to have a snack or bring your lunch.

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One day we’ll pedal with the kids all the way to Galax and back.  Just not today!

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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…

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On the way back, my daughter surprises us with wanted to “go off of the Gator.”  There she goes!

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Double Shoals campground along the way back – quiet place for primitive riverside camping.

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The cows we see every year:

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And a friendly reminder about trail etiquette.

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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!

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Later in the day we checked out a trail in the RV Park that Tom has constantly been improving:

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Ropes to help you on the steep part:

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With a nice porch-style swing at the end overlooking the campsites:

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Back at the bottom, a view down the small creek…

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Before dinner we took the dog to the river for some stomping around…

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Notice the cairns that someone had built almost in the middle of the river!

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