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Old 05-06-05, 12:36 PM
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Southern Virginia Bike Route?

Hello,

I am trying to find a different route for the beginning of my upcoming TransAm tour. I had planned to follow the Adventure Cycling maps from Yorktown, VA to Damascus, VA, but that route meanders quite a bit, plus I already rode it a while back. Does anyone know of a bike route that begins due east of Damascus (roughly) at the east coast of Virginia, and then ending in Damascus or thereabouts? I've searched the internet, books, etc., but no luck so far. I am flexible in regards to the exact start and end points. Mainly, I'd like to stick to very southern VA as much as possible. Thanks!

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David -

Virginia Route 40 is a pretty straight shot and has fairly moderate traffic.
https://www.virginiadot.org/comtravel...ounts-2003.asp
At the Start - - You can start at Yorktown - ride along the COlonial Parkway to Williamsburg and Jamestown - take the ferry across the James River and head to Surry and Spring Grove - -
At the End - - you might consider cuttin over to the Blue Ridge parkway at Endicott west of Rocky Mount - - then take the parkway to Galax then take the New River Bike Trail down to Fries (backcountry camping sites along trail) there are good county roads to Elk Creek and Troutdale - then a great road through the national forest to Konnarock. The Virginia Creeper Trail to Damascus is a MUST.
Personally - I don't like the AC TransAm routing over Big A Mountain and thru eastern Kentucky. There are far better country roads that follow little valleys in western Virginia and northeastern Tennessee - but that's another story.

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VA route 40 good call! 1994 My wife and I were in Williamsburg for a tandem rally and we spent an extra day on our own and rode from Williamsburg to Jamestown ,crossed on the ferry then on to Waverly where we got on Route 40 and rode out 10 miles or so before turning east and looping back. I have always wanted to go back and ride 40 to Galax and then cross the mountains on US 58 and go through the Cumberland gap
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About Cumberland Gap -
Unfortunately when they built the tunnel under the gap - they closed the old highway. Cyclists aren't allowed in the tunnel and are banned from the trail that has replaced the old highway. I have been in touch with the park service about this but they seem intent on "restoring" the gap to how it appeared ion Boone's day - excluding, of course, the highways you can see and the road to the overlook that you can drive up on. They just don't get it.
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Originally Posted by jamawani
David -

Virginia Route 40 is a pretty straight shot and has fairly moderate traffic.
https://www.virginiadot.org/comtravel...ounts-2003.asp
At the Start - - You can start at Yorktown - ride along the COlonial Parkway to Williamsburg and Jamestown - take the ferry across the James River and head to Surry and Spring Grove - -
At the End - - you might consider cuttin over to the Blue Ridge parkway at Endicott west of Rocky Mount - - then take the parkway to Galax then take the New River Bike Trail down to Fries (backcountry camping sites along trail) there are good county roads to Elk Creek and Troutdale - then a great road through the national forest to Konnarock. The Virginia Creeper Trail to Damascus is a MUST.
Personally - I don't like the AC TransAm routing over Big A Mountain and thru eastern Kentucky. There are far better country roads that follow little valleys in western Virginia and northeastern Tennessee - but that's another story.

Best - J
Hey thank! Sounds like the way to go. Do you recall the availablity of campgrounds/motels/hostels etc. along Route 40?

David in PA

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