Biking about 30 miles; portions of the ride on the Capital Trail are specifically designed for biking; smooth pavement wide enough for passing, level to gently hilly; public roads paved in asphalt, rather narrow, winding, sometimes gently hilly.
We’ll begin the morning at the hotel with a presentation by an expert from the East Coast Greenway. The East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA) is the non-profit organization spearheading the development of the East Coast Greenway (ECG), a 3,000 mile trail route from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. The ECG passes through 15 states, connects 25 major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, and creates a safe environment for active-transportation users of all ages and abilities in order to build a healthy and sustainable future. Based in Durham, NC, the ECGA also employs field staff in each of its four regions. The Alliance promotes the vision for connecting local trails to a continuous route, provides strategic assistance for states, counties, and municipalities that build local trail sections, officially designates trails as part of the ECG trail system, posts signage, and makes maps and guides to facilitate use of the Greenway. After class, we’ll set out on our longest ride of the week so far, a leisurely journey along the Virginia Capital Trail as it parallels the Route 5 Scenic Byway. The smoothly paved trail connects Virginia's 3 capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond. Our ride today will include portions of the trail in James City and Charles City Counties.
At the delightful Courthouse Grill in Charles City County, we’ll have a plated meal featuring local favorites including sandwiches, wraps, homemade chips, sweets with coffee, tea and water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll finish cycling this segment of the Virginia Capital Trail at historic Berkeley Plantation, the ancestral home of the Harrison family of Virginia that gave our country many early statesmen and 2 presidents. While here, we’ll have an expert-led look through the house before exploring the grounds independently. Afterwards, we’ll return to the hotel in Williamsburg by van.
At the hotel.
After a long day on the road, sit back to enjoy the talents of an accomplished musician in colonial dress as he introduces a variety of fascinating instruments typical of the Revolutionary era. Some will be familiar, but others may be quite a surprise.