We will travel to Lynchburg where we'll take advantage of several paved trail systems along and near the James River.
One group of trails is called the Blackwater Creek Trails, described as “one of the most popular trails in the city. Following along the winding Blackwater Creek and built along an abandoned railway bed, this 3-mile paved trail is perfect for jogging, walking, or biking. It travels through a lovely urban forest and intersects with two smaller paved trails, the Kemper Street Trail and the Point of Honor Trail.” Yes, there will be some hills, but you can get in some really good miles.
Another option is the RiverWalk, which starts nearby. This one promises “visitors a quick transition from urban trail to scenic nature walk. RiverWalk takes visitors through Lynchburg’s historic downtown then over the bridge to scenic Percival’s Island and eventually into Amherst County, where visitors are surrounded by the sights and sounds of the James River.” This one is really flat, but very scenic and worthwhile.
Ride one, ride the other, or ride both; you choose! Our plan is to ride for about 2 hours, with lunch to follow at the Waterstone Restaurant. It should be good. RSVP via email here.