Once again I am way behind. I am going to try to finish up 2016 in the next couple of blogs.
I stopped at Max Meadows, VA on my way south Oct 14 - 20. I wanted to ride the New River Trail in Southern Virginia again. This has become one of my favorite rail trails. I rode parts of it 4 times while there. I still haven’t done the Foster Falls end yet, I hope to do that part soon.
I also went back and did the Virginia Creeper trail. Again, I took the shuttle to the top and then basically coasted down hill for 17 miles. The last couple of miles you do have to pedal more! One of my long term goals is to get in better shape so that I can ride up hill and then back down. Pictures from the trail are below.
Another day, I visited Grayson Highlands State park and did a short hike. During the hike, I saw several wild ponies that the park is known for. While the ponies are wild (although too used to humans), they were released by the forest service in 1975 to help control the growth of brush along the bald mountain tops. The first picture is on the drive to the park. The leaves were close to peak color.