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Tandem riding possibilities, Martinsville, Roanoke VA

Old 05-10-17, 06:13 AM
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Tandem riding possibilities, Martinsville, Roanoke VA

I've done the search engine thing with some success, thought I would ask my 'fav' group of folks...

DW and I have left the St Pete FL heat/humidity for a five month campground volunteer assignment at

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/p...O&parkId=73338

Used to cycling three days / week, we packed the tandem.

Now, where (and maybe with whom) to ride.

Suggestions?
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Beautiful area for cycling. The Blue Ridge Parkway is nearby. It has a 45 mph limit with no commercial traffic. Better bring your climbing legs, not as flat as St. Pete!
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Originally Posted by DKMcK View Post
Beautiful area for cycling. The Blue Ridge Parkway is nearby. It has a 45 mph limit with no commercial traffic. Better bring your climbing legs, not as flat as St. Pete!
Yes, considered that. It's 52 minutes by car to the closest BRP access point: 1670 Blue Ridge Pkwy, Floyd, VA

Anything closer? We're used to pushing out of the garage and riding for an hour or two.
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We've ridden around Floyd and Meadows of Dan, but not as far east as you will be.

Off post, you'll be a couple of hours away from the Southern Tandem Rally in September.
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Originally Posted by DKMcK View Post
We've ridden around Floyd and Meadows of Dan, but not as far east as you will be.

Off post, you'll be a couple of hours away from the Southern Tandem Rally in September.
Thanks for mentioning the STR, we've not done that one.

We recently attended CYCLE ZYDECO - Louisiana's Cajun & Creole Cycling Festival, five days of fun although the road surfaces were less than enjoyable.
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The Danville River Trail is near you as well as the Dick and Willie in Martinsville.

If you are looking for something flatter, check out the High Bridge Trail and New River Trail, both of which are rails to trails.

If you have access to Internet, go to Virginia DCR website and search for Beaches to Bluegrass Trail. It runs from Virginia Beach to Cumberland Gap, passing through your neck of woods. Also, check out VDOT website, they have a free bicycling map with all VA routes designated.

Happy cycling.
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Another asset is the Strava heatmap for the area which shows what strava riders have
ridden. Possibly a limited access site, dunnoh, I use a friends access to look at it
but you can join for free for access to parts of the site. (Heat map is world wide
and is an overlay of what strava members have ridden and posted).

Just discovered you get to it by googling Strava global heatmap
Here is the Martinsville area, looks like a lot of possibilities: https://labs.strava.com/heatmap/#12/-...1825/blue/bike
Hit the toggle for labels to get place names etc

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