Virginia Capital Trail
Give us your weekend and we’ll show you one of the nicest newly completed bike paths in the country. This tour is perfect for the history buff or for the cyclist who loves long, vehicle-free, paved trails. The Virginia Capital Trail connects the state’s current capital of Richmond to Jamestown - the former capital of England’s first colony in North America. Join us as we connect the present with the past.
The first 6 women to sign up receive 5% discounts.
Generally flat terrain on bike paths. Leisurely cycling level.
2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 2 dinners, snacks, van support, maps, cue sheets and trained guides.
Fly, take the train, or drive to Richmond, VA. We will provide a complimentary shuttle at the end of the tour back to Richmond by 4:30pm.
DAY 1: We meet at 1:00pm in Richmond, just blocks away from the newly completed Virginia Capital Trail. After our orientation and bike fitting, we’ll explore this bicycle-friendly city by bike with a local guide. She’ll introduce us to local historic sites and tell us stories of some of the famous people that called this city home. Then we’ll have dinner together. 10 miles.
DAY 2: After breakfast, we’ll start out on the beautifully paved Virginia Capital Trail. We’ll cycle past Tobacco Row and the Lucky Strike building that has since been renovated into swanky loft apartments. We’ll ride beside the James River and quickly be in the countryside. Historic markers will line our path.
Our first stop will be at the historic Berkeley Plantation. It was the home to many famous members of the Harrison family. One signed the Declaration of Independence, another was the ninth President of the United States and yet another was the 23rd President. Our next stop will be the Charles City Courthouse to learn about its role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Be sure to have lunch across the street at the café. Its owners have decorated the walls with local bike jerseys and placed bicycle whirligigs on the front porch. They even sponsor a bike festival every spring. We’ll finish our ride at a beautiful bed and breakfast just off the path. 36 miles.
DAY 3: We’ll be ready for today’s ride after a hearty country breakfast. Then it’s back on the Capital Trail to its end at Jamestown Settlement. The living history museum recreates America’s first permanent English colony established in 1607. We’ll explore the outdoor museum and have a picnic lunch. Then we’ll load the bikes and shuttle back to Richmond, arriving by 4:30pm to say our good-byes. 27 miles.