Wander about historic Old Town Warrenton. Visit
the Old Jail Museum dating back to 1808 or the famous confederation raider
John Mosby's grave.
Enjoy the gradual climb up the Blue Ridge to Chester Gap and then soak in the panoramic splendor of the valley below. A four mile descent to lunch in Front Royal.
Relive the Battle of Cedar Creek - site of Gen. Jubal Early's 1864 last ditch surprise attack on Federal troops.
Arrive for the evening in Winchester, a town that changed hands 72 times through out the Civil War.
Come to the downtown mall and watch the "Saturday Night Bike Races" - plus lots of fun, food, and music.
Shepherdstown, perched on the bluffs overlooking the Potomac River, has origins dating back to early 1700's. Spend the evening milling about in a restored village on the National Register of Historic Places. Today the streets are still full of early American enchantment.
Our host for two nights, Shepherd College, will open up its fantastic facilities for our riders - pool, dorms, and more!
Bike Virginia veterans know not to miss the Bike Virginia Talent Show. Be part of the entertainment and impress us with what you can do besides ride a bicycle.
Follow General Lee's army across the Potomac River to Maryland and the Antietam Battlefield. This is where Lee's 40,000 southerners boldly invaded the north on September 17, 1862 and encountered a Federal force more than twice their size. The resultant battle became known as "The Bloodiest Day of the Civil War".
Cool off exploring Crystal Grotoes Caverns. Marvel at the wonderful of formations including the one hundred million year old speleothem "Old Father Time".
Visit Antietam in the morning and then plan to take a whitewater rafting trip on the Shenandoah River.
Cross over the river and continue along the other bank as we follow the C&O Canal Towpath south. Relive the old days of river barge traffic.
Next stop Virginia and Food! First we travel along the Berlin Pike for a rest stop in the German settlement of Lovettsville. Then on to Waterford, where you can refuel and marvel at over 250 years of architectural heritage.
Spend the night back in colonial times as we bunk down in Leesburg. The town and the surrounding Loudoun County lie at the foot of the Blue Ridge and provide unlimited attractions, museums, antique shops, and Revolutionary and Civil War sites - plus our last night party!
Our first rest stop of the day is in Purcellville. Sit for a while and take a load off. We're in no hurry for the week to end.
Next up - Middleburg, famous for foxhunting and steeplechasing - and eating and shopping...
Celebration time! Arrive back in Warrenton in time to eat lunch and tell your tales. Here's where you receive your award patch and share the cake!