Hello CSC members that love the VA Creeper.... per our new President Instructions I am makeing plans to 'ride" the Creeper May 2021.... what I need to know is this, I have on hold rooms for May 21-23, however Rick (owner of Taylor's Lodge & now good friend) has suggested we come "Memorial Day Weekend"! He says it is a fantastic weekend to come becasue Abingdon has a festival called "Plum Alley Days Abingdon" please Google and those of you that don't want to ride the trail would have a lot to see and do. Please reply ASAP if you would like to try for May 28-30!! Rick will hold rooms for us.... Need to know, this includes riders and non-riders...
Have a Safe & Happy 4th of July,
**** for now stop reading now**** info below will change when we decide on the date....
April Creeper Trip Canceled
This is to notify you that due to inescapable state of affairs that we (Trail Captains, John Hilbrandt, Bob Trammel and I), have made the decision to cancel our CSC Trip to the VA Creeper Bike Trail Ride which was to be held April 24-26, 2020. After receiving notice from the Barter Theatre that the performance of “Driving Miss Daisy” has been postponed indefinably. Speaking with Jerry (owner of VA Creeper Bike Shop), and the Peppermill Restaurant). Bike shop may soon close; restaurant may close to in- house dining. (Spoke to them on Thursday March 19, 2020).
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we are just as disappointed as you are. I will contact Rick at Taylors Lodge & Black Dog Inn, Jill at Creepers Inn Lodge to cancel the rooms CSC has on hold. If you are staying somewhere else you will need to contact to make your room cancellation. I will also contact Virginia Creeper Bike Shop & the Peppermill Restaurant to officially cancel the shuttle and the dinner reservations on Saturday April 25th.
The Barter Theatre has fully credited my personal Credit Card for your theatre tickets; I will be issuing full refunds to each of you for your tickets.
I appeal you to kindly send me an acknowledgement of this cessation letter. I have asked the Barter to notify me when productions at the Barter will resume. Perhaps we can plan a “summer trip?”
Thank you for your endurance and time.
Happy Saturday Morning Creepers, I had a phone call yesterday (March 6th) from Jose at the VA Creeper Bike Shop. Now open for the Season!!! Time to call and reserve your bike (if you need one). Or if you are bringing your own bike, YOU MUST make reservation for your shuttle ride to the top of the mountain. **** See details below on contact bike shop** If no answer leave message, they will return your call.
Also if you know someone that would like to go and needs a place to stay**** walking distance to all we do*** see next paragraph.
Good Evening Creepers, we have had an unexpected medical cancellation. We now have a room available at the "Black Dog Inn", Please contact me ASAP for details if you have interest in this room.
Go with us this time,
Happy Rainy Morning,
Hello Creepers, it is now time to collect money for the Barter Theatre. The cost per ticket is $38, the cost for two tickets is $76. I am paying for the entire invoice on my personal C/C. (C/C does NOT have a club C/C.) I must pay the Barter in full on March 6th. Make check payable to me. If you are attending the March 3rd. CSC meeting you can give me your money then, If you are going on Banff trip you can give to me your payment on the trip. If none of the above please mail to me: Barb Wise, 5602 Crestview Dr., Hixson, TN 37343. *** sorry if I don't have your money by March 5th, then I will NOT purchase your ticket***
Looking forward to a Awesome Trip,
Hello Creepers, time is running out to reserve your ticket for the "group rate"/group seats at the Barter Theatre...We have 21 of the 25 seats taken. I have a deadline of March 6th, 2020 to confirm the seats we need. Time to make your decision. My contract info at bottom of this notice. Let me know ASAP.... Go With Us This Time!!!!
We have 25 Barter Theatre tickets on hold for the group rate... Still time to sign up and ride with us in April.
The VA Creeper Bike Weekend Bike Ride will be Friday April 24-26, 2020
Make your way to Abingdon VA Friday April 24-16, 2020.
You are own your own Friday 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 Friday night April 24, 2020 for " production of "Driving Miss Daisy" . 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 is Saturday night April 25, 2020 6:00 p.m. at "The Peppermill", 231 W. Main Street, 5 minute walk (0.2) from the Barter.
We need to be at the Barter at least by 7:40 p.m. on Friday night April 24, 2020 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 Friday, you must go to the bike shop to pay for your shuttle ride/rentals(if needed). Do this Friday! Do not wait until Saturday morning to do this!!!
Saturday Morning, we are on the 8:30 shuttle. Be at the Bike Shop by 8:00 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 24-26, 2020 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 Friday April 24, 2020 in Abingdon, VA
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 24th, 2020 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