Bike Ride to Berkley Plantation For 1st Thanksgiving Ride

I'm announcing this ride early. Join me for a celebration of the first Thanksgiving in America. No we're not biking to Plymouth Rock Mass. The first Thanksgiving took place in 1619 in Virginia one year and 17 days before the Pilgrims landed. We will depart from the Capital Trail trail head at Historic Charles City Courthouse and bike to Benjamin Harrison Lake upon our return we'll stop at Berkley Plantation for food and drink and plenty of fun. Costumed interpreters from the Colonial time period, ladies in hooped skirts, Civil war soldiers, Indians, carriage rides, and a host of activities will be taking place. Bring money if you want to eat.

 

Directions to the trailhead are: take I64 west to Exit 242A Rt. 199 west exit. Follow Rt. 199 to Jamestown Rd. cross over and continue a short ways to Rt. 5 west, take a left and follow Rt. 5 to the Chickahominy River Bridge. You will see the Capital trail on your left as you travel. Cross the Chickahominy River and travel 13 miles. At Rt. 155 , turn left onto Courthouse Rd. follow the road to the Post Office and turn left look to your left and you'll see the original Courthouse. You can also continue along I 64 west to Exit 214 (Rt. 155)  turn left onto Rt. 155 and follow to Providence Forge. Continue along Rt. 155 to Rt. 5, cross Rt. 5 and follow the above directions to the Courthouse.We'll meet there and depart at 11am. We'll bike about 20/25 miles.

Please note... I'm planning an earlier ride for those that would like to get more miles. We'll depart from the Courthouse appx. 9:00 am and ride out and back along the Capital Trail upon return we'll meet the 11am group and repeat the ride spending a couple of hours at the Festival

 

The trail is suitable for any type of bike, however the lanes leading to Berkley Plantation are dirt and loose stone narrow tires are not a good idea.

We had a nice time on the ride last year, cool temps, good food, (remember the Thanksgiving in a Glass?) costumed interpreters, just a fun day.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Always enjoy going out with Rick's group. Fun!

    November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fantastic day and event. Thank you Rick for planning and great seeing and riding with some old friends while also meeting some new ones !

    November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great day. Thank you Rick and Roby for starting a great group day to Berkley Planttation. Nice seeing so many people come out to ride. Beautiful day. Thanks to Karen for the nice pictures. I did not take any!

    November 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you to Tom, Serina and all who took pics :) beautiful!

      November 4, 2013

  • Philip S.

    Very nice bike ride., great weather. Great to meet new people and see others again.

    November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    really nice trail to the plantation

    November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a fun day...meeting so many wonderful new friends and biking in beautiful Fall weather! Thanks to Rick and everyone for being terrific leaders! Hope to see you all soon for another fun event:)!

    November 3, 2013

  • Rick H.

    Hey guys, Robi and I enjoyed meeting and riding with all of you today. For those that arrived early I'm sorry that you didn't see the time change. I just wasn't sure if my back was up for 2 rides. What a nice day we all had, sunny skies, cool temps, not too much headwind, and a great turnout of riders enjoying just being outdoors. I really needed this after being cooped up and injured since Wed.!
    Let's do it again soon!

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Serina S.

    Could not ask for more! Great weather and amazing people!!

    November 3, 2013

  • Wayde W.

    beautiful day for a nice ride with friends - worked up a big appetite for that "thanksgiving in a glass" which turned out not to be; had a great time at Courthouse Grill instead.

    November 3, 2013

  • Tom J

    Beautiful day!!

    November 3, 2013

  • susan

    Beautiful Autumn day and a great group of people to share it with! :)

    November 3, 2013

  • Scott M.

    Had a great time today. The head wind made it a little hard to reach our destination, but the ride back (tailwind) & the good food afterwards made it all worth it!

    Glad you could make it, Rick!

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Philip S.

    Susan and I are starting back now.

    November 3, 2013

  • Tom J

    we will all be leaving the plantation at 2 oclock. meet up at the bikes before then.

    November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rick, on our way, delayed, begin without us and we'll catch up to the group.

    November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I arrived a little early ...around 8:45...glad Janice is here,too, otherwise I would think I missed the meeting site.

    November 3, 2013

  • Rick H.

    Hope everyone remembered to "Fall Back."

    November 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Either everyone left before nine or I was really early :)

      November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was hoping my ribs would have healed enough by now .....but no. As much as I'd like to do this one, I'm gonna have to bail.

    November 3, 2013

  • Rick H.

    10760 should be right but there is a complex of buildings there. The historic Courthouse is at 10760. It's right across the street from Cul's Courthouse Grill. Courthouse Rd. is off of RT. 5 and Courthouse Way is I think the right turn off of Rt 644 beside the Post Office. The above directions will get you there no problem.

    November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is that the correct address for the courthouse? i just googled charles city courthouse and it has the address as 10780 Courthouse Rd, Charles City, VA not 10760 Courthouse Way.

    November 2, 2013

  • Rick H.

    Of course with my back like it is I'll be going somewhat (if I make it) slower. I really want to go and I'm sick of being indoors since Wed. afternoon

    1 · November 2, 2013

    • Eva A.

      Hope to see you. It wouldn't be the same without you . I brought some persimmons for you

      November 2, 2013

  • Rick H.

    Tom, I generally ride 12/18 mph on the Cap Trail. Most people ride a mt or hybrid as the lane leading to the Plantation is loose dirt and small to fist sized rock just as it was in the 1700's. Please note the above message concerning my ride status.

    November 2, 2013

    • Tom J

      If anyone can average 18 mph on a mountain bike, that person deserves A MEDAL.
      For all of you who will average 10-12 mph, I'd like to join in your company.

      November 2, 2013

    • Scott M.

      I can keep a steady 15 mph on my mountain bike for quite a while. Although I'm a small guy, I have very strong legs. I was leg pressing over twice my body weight way back in high school when I was 15 or 16 in the football/wrestling training rooms. I never play those sports, but I used the weight benches. There's a story behind that, so I'll tell you about it tomorrow.

      It seems, at times, when I'm in a group ride I somehow manage to get to the front of the pack & stay there for a while. I also like to go to the back of the group to check on the others as well, then climb my way back to the top once again. I'm all over the place!

      November 2, 2013

  • Wayde W.

    Hey all, when Rick asked me if I could lead the ride. I said, "not as good as you, but i'd do my best". Im Wayde and I'll be driving a Silver Toyota Highlander. See yall in the morning. Any ?, please call my cell[masked]

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Rick H.

    Guys, some of you maybe aware that due to a back injury earlier this week I had to cancel my High Bridge ride. I'm improving daily but not sure if I'll be able to make the ride on Sun. I know that a lot of you are/were looking forward to this event and I didn't want to cancel. Wayde Wood has ridden the Cap quite a few times and has offered to take the reins and lead the group. Most of you we're planning to only ride at 11am so he will meet the group at the Charles City Courthouse parking lot between 10:30/11:00 am. Wayde has been on several rides with me including my last Greenbrier River Trail ride and the High Bridge. He knows a little history of the area and is fun to ride with. If your having trouble finding the Courthouse you can call me[masked] or Wayde[masked]-6225. Please try to be on time as the Festival starts at noon. I'll try to make it but I'm just not sure right now. Regardless, I hope that everyone has an enjoyable day.Rick

    November 2, 2013

    • Scott M.

      Understood! You'll be back on your bike before you know it!

      The weather will still be very cool in the morning, so remember everyone...dress for the occasion. You've got to think about the "wind chill" effect while riding. Tonight, it's dipping down to the lower 40's there & the high will be 59. But it will be breezy as well with Northerly winds at 7 to 13 mph.

      Still looking forward to seeing everyone there for a day of fun!

      1 · November 2, 2013

  • Tom J

    Rick, what do you anticipate our average speed will be for this ride? 9-12 mph?
    This will dictate which bike I will use. Thanks.

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Peggy

    My plans changed - leaving one more spot open - you all have fun - did it last year and it was so nice.. I just got opportunity to go hiking in the mountains with my son and daughter-n-law and see the leaves at peak.. couldn't pass it up!

    November 1, 2013

  • susan

    Hi Phillip,
    Count me in. I'll meet you at the Walmart on Victory near the
    gas station at 9:45am. Thanks!

    November 1, 2013

  • Philip S.

    I'll be coming from Hampton to ride at 11:00. My rack holds 4 bikes so if anyone would like to meet and carpool call or text me at[masked] or email [masked].

    October 31, 2013

    • Scott M.

      Check with Susan. She's in Poquoson & needs a ride. She messaged me yesterday & I replied to her, not knowing that you posted a carpool that's closer to her than I am. Poquoson is very far out of my way since I'm up here by Ft. Eustis in the Northern part of the peninsula.

      I saw her message while I was on my phone, so it didn't scroll down far enough to see *your* message about a carpool from Hampton.

      November 1, 2013

    • Philip S.

      Got it covered, thanks. Still have room for two more.

      November 1, 2013

  • susan

    Hi Scott,
    Thanks for the reply. I was actually thinking of meeting you near your place and then carpooling, but I will contact Phillip since he's nearer. :)

    November 1, 2013

  • Scott M.

    I live in upper Newport News near Ft. Eustis & the NN Park so if anyone close to me needs a ride this Sunday am, let me know. My bike rack is built to carry three.

    I'll be doing the 11 am ride.

    Looks like the weather WILL cooperate this Sunday in Charles City. The forecast calls for a cool 46° in the morning, with a high of 60°, then dips down to 35° that night. So dress accordingly!

    October 30, 2013

    • susan

      Hi Scott, I live in Poquoson and would like to meet and catch a ride if you have room. I'm also riding the 11am ride. My email address is [masked]. :)

      1 · October 30, 2013

    • Scott M.

      I sent you a message through the board here. I hope it goes to the same e-mail address as what you gave.

      October 31, 2013

  • Rick H.

    I was planning to ride early from the time I first announced the ride so no problem. There are still a few people I haven't heard from but I'm always ready for the extra miles (especially if I'm eating a Smoked Turkey Leg!) See you at 9am.

    October 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be at the 11 am ride. Thanks Rick.

      October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Rick, Happy Halloween!!! I don't know how many have indicated that they'd like to ride at 9:00 but if I'm the only one and you'd like to delay the start time to 11:00, that's fine with me. I don't want to be the cause of your early start if everyone else is good with 11:00. Thanks!

    October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to riding at 11!

    October 31, 2013

  • Rick H.

    A okay Scott. Looks like most folks are riding at 11. I'll be doing a lap before hand and should be back at the parking lot between 10:30 and 11:00. Looks like a nice turnout and the weather should be great.

    2 · October 31, 2013

  • Tom J

    Hey Rick. Does Scott know about this ride?
    I'm in. -Haven't seen you in a while.
    :-)

    October 28, 2013

    • Rick H.

      I haven't heard from him in awhile. Just returned from biking the Passage, Pittsburgh to Cumberland. Great ride. We biked 200 miles.

      1 · October 28, 2013

    • Scott M.

      I do now..count me in as well! I'll be there at 11, Rick.

      1 · October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow Rick you have quit the croud for this one. This sould be great fun!!!

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Carl

    Two at 11.

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be riding at 11 and really look forward to it !

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be riding at 11.

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm planning to ride at 11:00.

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone want to caravan from va beach?

    October 27, 2013

  • susan

    Rick, I'll be riding at 11am! :)

    October 27, 2013

  • Rick H.

    Please email or text[masked] so I'll know if your planning to ride at 9am or 11am. If your running late for the 9am ride just jump on the Cap Trail and pedal till you meet up with us.

    2 · October 27, 2013

  • Rick H.

    The official 1st Thanksgiving ride will begin at 11am from the Charles City Courthouse parking lot. Some of us will be doing an earlier out and back ride to get some extra miles. We will depart at 9am and ride appx. 18-20 miles round trip before meeting the rest of the 11am group at the trail head. Please let me know which option you want to ride. If you only ride out and back for the festival your mileage will be appx. 20/23 miles. Double if you depart with the 9am group. This is a pretty easy/moderate ride, paved with a few short hills. As noted above the lane leading to the plantation is loose dirt and stone so a hybrid or mt. bike would be best. Remember to bring cash if your planning to eat.

    October 27, 2013

  • susan

    I'm looking forward to a great day and biking w/ new friends!

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait to enjoy the day and meet new friends.

    October 22, 2013

  • Tom J

    I'm keeping an eye on my schedule for this day. I may/may not be able to participate in this event.

    October 10, 2013

  • Rick H.

    Eva, I thought you fell off the edge of the world. Looking forward to seeing you! Got 3 persimmons on my tree. Hoping for more next year.

    September 11, 2013

  • Rick H.

    20/25 miles double that if riding at 9:30am.

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    what is the mileage?

    September 10, 2013

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