The Spring Perspective
Winter of 2016 is bringing us a real mixed bag of weather, some of it favorable for riding, and some of it down right despicable.
We are looking forward to spring, in the traditional sense of the word. Let’s hope that we get those sunny warm days and lots of nice spring flowers just like we think spring should be.
We’re also excited for Spring over here at Spokes Magazine because it marks the beginning of our 30th year. It’s hard to believe!
And, to mark that milestone we are planning some fun new things, like a new website. Stay tuned, come right back here, within a month or so we should be up and running with a slick new digital presence. We’re also kicking up our social media activity so you can stay in touch with cycling news in the Mid-Atlantic even easier.
Our Spring print edition comes out in early March 2016. We’ve got lots of cool stories for this one including some trail features for High Bridge Trail and the Capital Trail. Look for the latest news stories too. And of course we will offer some sound training and nutritional advice. Joining this year for a brand new column, Ed Jones joins us as a technical expert, writing on bike repair and maintenance.
We’d love to hear from you. So drop us a note on Facebook or email. We’re eager to hear your story ideas and connect with people who love cycling like we do.
Greenbrier’s Hill-less River Trail
By Jeffrey Heil
Last fall, wanting a long ride before the weather turned cold, I headed to West Virginia’s Greenbrier River Trail (GRT). I have always found driving in West Virginia to be challenging, but it is always worth the climbs and twisting roads. This trip was no different.
The GRT is part of the State’s park system and runs 80 miles between towns of Cass and Lewisburg, West Virginia. For all practical purposes, this is a flat trail with just over 700 feet of elevation change from end-to-end. During my ride, I wondered why my drive involved so much climbing to get to such a flat trail. The trail’s surface is mostly packed gravel and provides relatively easy cycling.
I left my car in Lewisburg and used a shuttle service offered by Free Spirit Adventures (www.freespiritadventures.com) to take me to Cass to start my ride south. While several shuttle services are available, Free Spirit seemed to best accommodate my needs and schedule. In addition to the trailhead, the town of Cass is also home to the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Here you can embrace the town’s logging history by riding a steam driven logging train up into the mountains.