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.