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End to End: Richmond to Williamsburg Winery Ride

End to End: Richmond to Williamsburg Winery Ride

Since the Capital Trail opened, my dream has been to ride it from Richmond to Williamsburg and spend the night, then ride back. So I jumped at the chance to try the new Williamsburg Winery Cycling Experience in early September. The overnight package includes a room at Wedmore Place on the winery property, dinner at Café Provencal, a wine tasting, couple’s massage, complimentary bottle of wine, bike ride snacks and breakfast. We also opted for luggage delivery.

Our small group left from Shiplock Park in Richmond Sunday morning and set an easy pace. We passed Ronnie’s BBQ, then made a brief bathroom stop at Four Mile Creek Park. We passed Momma Lonnie’s Country Stow at about 15 miles out, and from there the trail was fairly flat and shady until we hit a sunny stretch along a cornfield near Upper Shirley Vineyards.

Four Miles of Happy Space

Four Miles of Happy Space

The truest and most horrible claim made for modern transport is that it ‘annihilates space.’ It does. It annihilates one of the most glorious gifts we have been given. It is a vile inflation which lowers the value of distance, so that a modern boy travels a hundred miles with less sense of liberation and pilgrimage and adventure than his grandfather got from travelling ten.  C.S. Lewis, “Surprised by Joy”

Not long ago, I coaxed a good friend onto a bike for a ride on a gravel road.  She’s in her fifties, fit and comfortable walking and running on trails.  But for some reason, she couldn’t remember the last time she’d been on a bike.  The look on her face during those first few pedal strokes still puts a smile on my face.  “I feel like I’m ten again!” she said with unabashed glee.

Rules of the Trail

Rules of the Trail

A wise man (woman?) once said,  “Treat others as you want to be treated.” This is one of the most basic rules that have been instilled in us since grade school yet it seems that as we begin to grow older our application of this “golden rule” seems to have diminished greatly. The Virginia Capital Trail seems to be no exception to experiencing its fair share of lack of manners and obeying of the rules.

Just how bike friendly is Richmond and where does the Capital Trail fit into it all?

Just how bike friendly is Richmond and where does the Capital Trail fit into it all?

Thanks to Richmond hosting the UCI Road World Championships last year, the city has been swept up in quite the whirlwind in terms of considering itself an increasingly bike-friendly city. But now that the city is 9 months out from the race, if you really take a hard look at Richmond and the strides it has taken to be more bike friendly, just how far has the city come? As a marketing intern at the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation I not only get to see the inner workings of what it takes to maintain the trail on a daily basis, but also have gotten a better understanding of how the trail may be impacting Richmond’s evolution into a bike friendly city.

Barriers to Entry

Barriers to Entry

A lot of my contemporaries have yet to try the Virginia Capital Trail.  “I don’t have a bike”, they say. Or,  “I don’t know how to get there.”  Or, “I don’t have the right clothes.”  These are smart people who buy things at retail stores and use Google maps all the time.  I know from experience how these small obstacles take something that is very doable and make it doable another day.  Another day that keeps turning into another day.   Why?  Fear?