Janet Minner had a dream. She wanted to ride her bicycle along the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, but had some doubts. She wondered if her employer would allow her to take enough consecutive vacation days to accomplish this goal. She also felt uncertain about her physical ability to ride 470 miles with nearly 49,000’ of elevation gain, despite her years of cycling experience. And, she wanted to be rewarded each evening with good food and a comfortable bed.
A Velo Girl Rides Route The Black Mountain Town and Country Loop begins with a scenic roll along the Oaks Trail greenway and around the Community Garden before leaving town to enter the North Fork Valley. At the head of the valley, the route explores first the Left Fork and then the Right Fork (out-n-back). Both spurs offer […]
When I purchased my first pair of Castelli Chic Knickers, I imagined that I would use them most during the shoulder season — early fall and early spring. Given that most of fall and winter (so far) in Western North Carolina has felt like shoulder season, I’ve had to race to wash my single pair of […]
The Blue Ridge Parkway route is high on the bucket list of cyclists. Here is an interactive map that will help you imagine cycling every inch.
This is a comprehensive list of the Blue Ridge Parkway tunnels along with some advice about safety for cycling through tunnels.
A Velo Girl Rides Route The Elk Mountain Scenic Loop is a classic route in Asheville, North Carolina. We highly recommend it — one of the best ways to sample the variety and beauty of the region in just 28 miles. Along this beautiful route, you will see views of the city, the famous Omni Grove Park Inn, […]
Take a moment to read this article about how bicycle gears work by Jason Schliser of Vision Quest Coaching. He does a good job of providing a basic explanation that even non-gear-heads will understand.
Point Lookout Trail is a treasure for cyclists who live in or travel to Black Mountain. The trail will be closed this summer to receive much needed repairs.
It’s late April, and I am busy preparing to cycle the Blue Ridge Parkway again. In fact, we’ll ride the 470 mile length at least three times this year: In June and August, we’ll do it in in 7 days. And in September, we make the journey over 10 days. For the entire winter, the large sections of the Blue […]
As I shared with you previously, I am now using a Cycling Coach to help me prepare for the upcoming cycling season. No, that’s not quite accurate. I am being coached to remain capable of the physical requirements of my job. Owning and operating a bicycle tour company offers many things to love (meeting new people, […]