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Virginia Creeper Bike Trip by Barb Wise

23 Oct 2017 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

A Perfect Weekend!

The weather was perfect, the rooms were perfect, and the places we stayed were perfect.  All cottages were within walking distance from the bike shop.  The Barter Theatre was perfect, our seats were perfect (second and third row-middle), the Music Man was perfect, and the Tavern Restaurant was perfect.

Best of all the Creeper Trail Ride was perfect!  Trip Captain John Hilbrandt briefed everyone in the parking lot of the bike shop before the ride, he gave elevation details, arranged for everyone to meet up at Green Cove Station for the traditional "CSC Group Picture".

Most important, John informed everyone where the bathrooms were located along the trail.

Of the 24 riders only six of us (including me) rode 17 miles to Damascus and rode the shuttle back to Abingdon. So proud of the rest that rode the entire 37 miles to Abingdon.  I plan to ride the entire trail when we return in May 2018.

I thought you might enjoy reading some quotes from fellow Creepers.

Hey Barb,

Just wanted to say what a great job you did in organizing the Creeper trip! The trips keep getting more enjoyable each year!  

The play "Music Man" was absolutely spectacular! The "Tavern" was great, but not sure about the moment we all were starting to look at the Ghost picture and Larry's phone rang, displaying a six digit number with a hyphen between each three - pretty scary!!!!

Thank you for all that you do!!! Gail Tallent


Thanks for organizing a great trip!  Our bed and breakfast had wonderful food, the trail was well maintained and the company was great! The scenery along the trail was really beautiful and weather perfect!  Thank you!  Let's do it again in the spring!  Suzanne Grueser


First, thank you for your hard work on this trip. I think it's one of my

favorite non-skiing trips so far. Loved all the fringe in Abington so that we could get together...even for drinks on a porch. The play was fabulous, the riding was fabulous, the Tavern was fabulous. What more can I say? Sorry I don't have an  entertaining story or something. I just plain enjoyed the weekend.  Cindy Dees


What a wonderful weekend in the great state of Virginia!   The play was great, the ride was great, the Tavern was great, and all the people that went on the trip made it great.  Looking forward to doing again in the future.  Mike Hood


Thanks for organizing a great Creeper trip.  I had a great time.    Thanks John


All good for me I had a most wonderful time riding this weekend and of

course the show and the dinner! I hated I missed the winery but I think the riding was better for me anyway.    Janet Brooks :-)

I had an absolutely wonderful time, even though I decided not to do the ride because I’m having knee surgery in a couple weeks. The trip was wonderfully organized, the restaurants were Top drawer and Music Man at the Barter Theater was first rate!  We went to Rain on Friday night and the group dinner at the Tavern on Saturday night, and the weather could not have been better. Everyone who took the ride enjoyed themselves, though it was strenuous for some. The group dinner at the Tavern turned out to be the highlight of the weekend, except for the ride itself. Hope everyone had as good a time as I did. Wayne Wilhelm

Hi Barb!

Thanks for organizing such a great trip! The area surrounding Abingdon is so charming; energetic farmers market, mountain and pastoral scenery, artist co-ops, antique shops, galleries, theater and restaurants, all make for an enjoyable weekend. Faith

As you can see it was a “perfect” trip!!!!

Go with us next time,

Barb Wise

A huge shout out to our Trip Captain, John Hilbrandt!!!