Yep you read that right. Jack biked just under 21 miles from our cottage at Whitetop Station down the mountain to Damascus on the Virginia Creeper Trail. We are still kind of surprised that he completed the ride. And with no whining or complaining.
In 2007 at our trailhead, 3 miles outside of Damascus, Virginia.
Loading up bikes for our family of four, 2017.
I have a lot of thoughts about this, and will hopefully find time to write them all down, but for now I want to share some of the photos from our trip and also take a little trip down memory lane.
Pre-ride photo, 2007
Pre-ride photo, 2017
Daniel starting up the trail, 2007
Jack starting down the trail behind Daniel and Isaac, 2017
We were younger and more focused on the speed and mileage of the ride than we were on the experience. Our focus has changed a wee bit.
Me with a mountain in the distance, 2007
Jack and I with a mountain behind us, 2017
Reaching Green Cove Station, 2007
Jack arriving at Green Cove Station, 2017
At a waterfall stop, 2007
Jack at the same waterfall stop,2017
The kids playing in the creek on one of our many breaks, 2017
Daniel riding across a hay field, 2007
Jack and Daniel riding across the same hay field and even doing the same pose, 2017
Isaac's bear rode with us down the Virginia Creeper, 2017.
On this ride we introduced Jack to the Camelbak bladder and he carried his own water in his backpack. I think he thought that sucking water out of a straw while you ride was the most amazing invention ever! He drank so much water that we had to stop literally every 15 minutes for him to pee. I wish I had taken a photo of him simultaneously peeing in the woods and drinking from his Camelbak!
My heart about burst with pride as Jack passed this sign, 2017
Daniel and I after a muddy, humid 26.7 mile ride up and down the Virginia Creeper, 2007
Daniel and I mid trip on a 20.7 mile ride down the Virginia Creeper, 2017
We reached the parking lot where our car was parked and Jack wanted to ride on (another mile) to the playground to play. We acquiesced. It's hard to turn down your son when he has worked so hard all day. He played while Daniel biked back to get the car and then load the bikes.
We made it to our car! After this photo, we biked an additional mile to the playground to play, 2017
Our GPS stats for our 2017 ride with kiddos.