Meeting in the lobby of our host hotel at 8am, we start with an orientation and a quick bike fitting. Today?s ride is the longest by mileage but might be the easiest day of the trip. We begin at the host hotel and travel along the Virginia Capital Trail towards Jamestown. The 51-mile paved bike path connects the modern and original capitals of Virginia?Richmond and Jamestown. Along the way we stop to visit the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works, which documents the history of Richmond as the iron and coal center of the south during the Civil War. We continue along to our trail-side lunch stop prepared by the guides before continuing on to our campsite near the banks of the Chickahominy River. As the guides prepare our evening meal, we can kick back and relax or take a walk to explore the park. Lunch and dinner included.
Cycling: 46 miles (5?6 hours, paved trail), Elevation gain/loss: +1,025'/-1,081'
After a hearty breakfast and we break camp. Today we take a leisurely ride along the remainder of the Virginia Capital Trail to Jamestown. Jamestown was the first successful English settlement in North America, founded in 1607. We take time to explore its archeological sites and ride the loop road around Jamestown Island. After a guide-prepared lunch we take the Jamestown-Scotland ferry across the James River and cycle along rural, lightly rolling roads to our home for the evening: Chippokes Plantation State Park. Chippokes Plantation is one of the oldest operating plantations in the commonwealth and has been in continuous operation for 400 years. Here we can explore the visitor center, farm museum, the beach overlooking Jamestown Island, or the historic exhibits and buildings traversed by the many hiking trails. We pitch camp here for the evening and enjoy a guide-prepared dinner and some relaxing time around the campfire. All meals included.
Cycling: 25 miles (3?4 hours, paved road), Elevation gain/loss: +550'/-505'; Ferry: 30 mins
As the sun rises on the horizon, burning off any lingering morning fog, we break camp after breakfast and loop back toward the Jamestown-Scotland ferry. After the ferry crossing we bike the Colonial Parkway until we reach Williamsburg?s historic center, and the Revolutionary War-era, living museum that is Colonial Williamsburg. Dressed in period clothing, performing period tasks, the staff of Colonial Williamsburg delight us with historic stories of life long ago. We have lunch at a well-known local restaurant, then mount our trusty steeds and head to our accommodations for the evening just outside Yorktown, VA. All meals included.
Cycling: 36 miles (3?5 hours, paved road), Elevation gain/loss: +1,176'/-1,207'
On our final day together we cycle around Newport News Park, making our way to Yorktown? where British General Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington?s colonial army, marking the end of the American Revolution. Our short, meandering ride takes us to the Yorktown Battlefield Colonial National Historical Park and Visitor Center, where we take some time to explore the park. We then make our way to our final celebratory lunch together in a well-known, local restaurant before loading up the van for the drive back to Richmond. All departing flights should be scheduled for 6pm or later tonight. Breakfast and lunch included.
Cycling: 10 miles (1?2 hours, paved road), Elevation gain/loss: +285'/-254'; Van transfer: 1 hour