Happy Saturday March 25, 2023
In just 33 fast approaching days we will gather in Abington, VA for the Virginia Creeper Bike Ride, I made reservations for our group dinner on FRIDAY April 28th at the "Peppermill Resturant" for 6:45... This is a wonderful Italian resturant that is in a historic home that has been converted. This resturant suffered during COVID and was closed for a long time. I spoke with Misty (the owner) last night and she has reopened... the food and the atmosphere is excellant. it is walking distance to where most of us are staying.
I must know if you are attending the Barter with us on Thursday evening? I will have to release seats back to the Barter next week if we don't fill them. Even if you have told me you want to attend please tell me again.
Rooms are hard to find right now, however if you want to join us there is room at the "Martha Washington Hotel" and motels on the interstate.
Please re-read the info below if you have not already signed up for the trip..
See you at the April CSC meeting....
VIRGINAI CREEPER BIKE RIDE
April 27-29, 2023
The date for the 2023 Virginia Creeper bike ride has been set... We will be arriving in Abington, VA on April 27, 2023... We will ride the Creeper on Friday April 28, 2023.
Bike Shop NOT OPEN YET, I will let you know when... please call and reserve your bike (if you need one), however you MUST CALL and reserve your spot on the shuttle... we will be talking the 9:30 a.m. shuttle for Friday April 28, 2023... see next paragraph for phone #
IF you are renting a bike, you must call VA Creeper Bike Shop 276-676-2552 to reserve your bike and if needed a helmet. IF you are bringing your bike you must call the bike shop to reserve your spot on the shuttle to the top of "White Top Mountain". Tell them you are with CSC club and you want the 9:30 a.m. shuttle.
If you have booked your room you still must sign up on CSC Event Webpage to register for the ride and sign the waiver. This is very important.
We will be riding the Creeper Trail on Friday April 28, 2023... We will be taking the 9:30 a.m. Shuttle.
Make your way to Abingdon on Thursday April 27, 2023... I have group reservations at the Barter Theater for the 7:30 performace on Thursday night. I have 20 seats on the second (2nd.) row for the play "Keep on the Sunny Side". I will have the cost of the Group Rate soon. Please let me know ASAP if you plan on attending the play.
You will need to eat on your own for Thursday evening meal.
I will arrange for a "Group Dinner" on Friday night after the ride.
*****Hello to those of you that are registered for this trip! It is very important that you call and reserve your room, this is most important. See names and phone numbers below for lodging that will be close to the bike shop. ***Please let me know when you have booked your room. ******
Make your way to Abingdon VA Thursday April 27, 2023
You are own your own Thursday night for dinner, just "Google" restaurants in Abingdon and you will find several to choose from.
I will have seats on hold at the Barter Theatre for Thursday April 27,2023 for " production of "Keep on the Sunny Side" You must let me know ASAP If you plan on attending the theatre, I will need to know to get us a group rate price.
Our "Group" dinner Friday night April 28, 2023 6:00 p.m. at TBA".
We need to be at the Barter at least by 7:40 p.m. on Thursday night April 27, 2023 to be seated (our seats are on 2nd. and 3rd. rows. So plan your dinner accordingly.
IF you are renting a bike, you must call VA Creeper Bike Shop 276-676-2552 to reserve your bike and if needed a helmet. IF you are bringing your bike you must call the bike shop to reserve your spot on the shuttle to the top of "White Top Mountain". Tell them you are with CSC club and you want the 8:30 a.m. shuttle.
**** IMPORTANT**** When you arrive Thursday, you must go to the bike shop to pay for your shuttle ride/rentals(if needed). Do this Thursday! Do not wait until Friday morning to do this!!!
Friday Morning, we are on the 9:30 shuttle. Be at the Bike Shop by 9:00 a.m. this is also very important as April/ May are popular months of the Creeper Ride, the Rhododendrons should be in full bloom. (Hopefully)?
When you register for this event you must sign the Trip Release Waiver at the bottom of the Registration form.
YOU MUST BOOK YOUR OWN ROOM!!! For other room choices please contact me for information. For now these two lodges have availability for the April 27th.&28th. 2023 trip: **** when you have booked your room please let me know*** I will need to know where you are to get you your theater tickets and to plan meeting at "Command Central" for Margarita's!!!!
Creepers Inn Lodging- 276-525-2031, tell Jill Dalton you are with CSC.
Black Dog Inn-276-628-4153, tell Rick you are with CSC.
See you Thursday April 27th, 2023 in Abingdon, VA
P.S. Bring dollars & quarters for a game we play
The Virginia Creeper Trail is possibly the easiest, prettiest mountain bike ride you will ever encounter. The VA Creeper Trail, which is actually the "retired" railway corridor of the Virginia-Carolina Railroad, has become one of the most popular bicycling trail destinations in the eastern United States.
The Va Creeper Trail stretches 34 miles from Abingdon, Virginia down thru the lovely town of Damascus, Va (known as the Heart of the Va Creeper) along the Whitetop Laurel River and up to its highest point Whitetop Station near the NC State Line at Whitetop, Virginia. The Va Creeper Trail is open year round to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
This former rail bed passes through the Mount Rogers National Recreation area and the highland country of Southwestern Virginia. The Virginia Creeper Trail is rich in beauty and regional history. This is an easy biking adventure that you and your friends and family will talk about for a long time.
Join us on this April 27-29, 2023 VA CREEPER TRAIL RIDE!!!
Contact Barb Wise for information on lodging and booking your shuttle/bike rental (if necessary) to the top of White Top Mountain