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Old 07-11-18, 06:43 AM
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Hit the Creeper Trail in Va. yesterday- actually fun

I'm sure that this has been covered about 10 times before: **The 17 mile trail is almost all down hill until the last 3 miles but it made for a fun ride in the summertime. The temp. stayed between 83-79 all day with lots of shade and a little wind. Perfect if your taking you wife or kids! I know that many of you wouldn't even consider this a trail but it was a nice change from 3 to 4 miles of uphill pedaling in the lower 90's. We didn't have any bike traffic and you could "get it" going down in some places. The whole area is really pretty, lots of places within walking distance to eat, many choices of bikes to pick from. Expect between 2.5 - 4.0 hours depending on how often you stop and look around. Not at all a workout, but a fun, safe place to go with your family!
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Old 07-11-18, 05:26 PM
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I’m all for fun. If every ride had to be a “workout”, it’d suck. SW Virginia is on my “to do” list. Thanks for the report!

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Going on to Abingdon makes it 34 miles and more of a workout, the last 10 or so slightly uphill. My daughters & I did did it on 80's C&V road bikes with skinny tires and managed to not have a flat in spite of what we were told by the shuttle drivers on the way up. It's a really nice ride.

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The Creeper Trail is way more interesting when riding uphill. The Damascus to Whitetop portion is extremely scenic, and the outbound uphill gives me time to see and hear everything. It's a workout, but not difficult. Zooming downhill, I have to pay too much attention to the trail surface, and I pass by interesting sites too fast. It is nice to have the downhill as the return part, though.

The full trail is worth doing, but I need to be in shape to do that distance on unpaved surfaces. The full round trip is a long day on the bike.
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My wife and I rode it last year. We rented a tandem in Damascus and had a blast. She is not very confident in her ability, so I got to be "captain". She enjoyed it , as did I. She got a bit nervous when we got up some speed.
It is a very nice downhill ride. Made for an easy few hours on the bicycle.
glad you enjoyed the ride also.
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Very cool! My wife and I plan to ride it in the very near future!
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My wife and I rode it last year. We rented a tandem in Damascus and had a blast. She is not very confident in her ability, so I got to be "captain". She enjoyed it , as did I. She got a bit nervous when we got up some speed.
It is a very nice downhill ride. Made for an easy few hours on the bicycle.
glad you enjoyed the ride also.
I have been thinking about renting a tandem since my wife is also not confident on the bicycle. We road it a number of years ago; the wife had an accident followed by a thunderstorm. She called the shuttle to pick us up. We told the shuttle driver next time we would rent a tandem and he responded to my wife; so you want to crash him too.

I have never ridden a tandem before; glad to hear you enjoyed it.
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DeceptivelySlow, A tandem is a totally different ride from a single person bike. It is a lot more work for the lead rider (captain). You need more upper body strength to manage the bike. As long as the rear rider (stoker) does their part, the actual pedaling is not too bad. Being stronger than my wife, it was more work for me. Going downhill was not bad at all. she had no brakes to slow us down. Just along for the ride, so all she had to do was hang on and keep her feet on the pedals.

Give it a try and you might find you will like it. Of course, it could be a disaster also as you can't get away from the stoker. LOL
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Old 07-18-18, 06:59 AM
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Thanks for the info. The closest we have come is having my wife on the back of a motorcycle. That went well as far as balance goes; I have had riders on the back that did not do as well as my wife. You most definitely have renewed my interest in going back to the Creeper and giving a tandem a try even though I will not be able to ride way from my wife.
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