Monday October 24th
The group had a civilized start leaving for Williamsburg sans the Morgans as Tom was sick and went to the doctor's instead. The goal...to ride the Virginia Capital Trail (51.4 miles) from Williamsburg, the historic capital of Virginia to Richmond, the current capital. David, Emily, Laurel and Gary checked into an absolutely beautiful condo at the Old Powhatan Resort. After getting settled, they took the Jamestown Ferry across the river to eat at the Surry Seafood Company. It was a gorgeous sunset as Emily captured in the photo below.
|Jamestown Ferry to Surry Seafood Company|
Gary, Laurel, David and Emily rode 24 miles from Richmond to Herring Creek with a stop in Dorey Park for lunch.
|Downtown Richmond looking from Great Shiplock Park.|
|Neat sculpture in Dorey Park|
The Morgans arrived at the Old Powhatan Resort and checked into the condo just before the rest of the group returned from their day's ride. Emily cooked a delicious dinner (asian chicken with rice and salad), topped off with a piece of her mother's pound cake and ice cream. We're ready to ride tomorrow!
|Charles City Old Courthouse|
Onward we cycled until our lunch stop at Chickahominy Riverfront Park, where we shared a table with a couple from Massachusetts....it was in the sunshine and the day was chilly! This evening we ate at one of the Helm's favorite restaurants in Williamsburg, Giuseppe's Italian restaurant then returned to the condo to while the time away playing a card game
This morning we went to Jamestown and toured the Glass House, America's first manufacturing began here...making glass! It is a really nice facility next to the river, definitely worth the visit.
Next we rode the Jamestown Colonial National Historic Park's Island Drive loop, a wonderful ride with very little traffic and and several eagle's nests! Following lunch at the Jamestown Settlement Cafe, we rode the Powhatan Creek Trail, a spur off of the Capital Trail. Arriving back at the Old Powhatan Resort, we stopped to tour the Manor House; quite an impressive home circa 1835, believed to be the country house of architect Richard Taliaferro.
After cleaning up from our bike rides, we strolled the Williamsburg Outlet Mall, then we stopped to eat at Oceans & Ale seafood restaurant. It was a good restaurant but they were not Virginia Tech fans...they would not put the Hokies on the big screen TV! We did watch the Hokies beat Pittsburg back at the condo!
Many thanks to Emily and David for planning a wonderful trip this year. We appreciate your efforts! The Virginia Capital is one of the best trails we have done. Hats off to all of the folks involved in its development. It is a very difficult task to build a fifty mile off road, paved bike trail through a lot of densely populated areas, but they did it!
Gretchen and I had to finish the Trail so we headed to Richmond on November 15th. We rode from Richmond to the Four Mile Creek Trailhead and back on Tuesday and then from Herring Creek to Four Mile Creek and back on Wednesday. Tuesday night we found a neat restaurant in Richmond, The Savory Grain and we had a delightful lunch during the ride Wednesday at the Upper Shirley Vineyards.