2 night, 3 day tour in Lynchburg Tennessee, Oct. 16-18, 2020.
This Covid-safe tour will be based in the Lynchburg Country Inn, which is motel-style with separate entrances for each room. We will do a 30-40ish mile loop ride from Lynchburg each of the 3 days. The region is incredibly lovely, but is also quite challenging hill-wise, so you will need to be a fairly experienced rider and be able to do up to 2000 feet of ascent/descent per day. However, we will be taking our time to smell the roses, so speed is not an issue.
Friday, Oct. 16: Meet at Lynchburg Country Inn Parking lot at 9:00 AM, go for ~35 mile ride. Eat lunch (and wolf-down Jack Whisky Raisin ice-cream!) in Lynchburg, then check-in to hotel. Options for afternoon fun are hiking, boating, and canoeing at nearby Tim’s Ford state park, hiking the annotated Native American site at Old Stone Fort State Park (40 minute drive), walking/shopping in Lynchburg, visiting the incredible Falls Mill, or just hanging out at the Country Inn and enjoying Corn-Hole, Croquet, and BYOB. We can eat dinner that evening early in Lynchburg at the excellent Barrel House BBQ, which has a wonderful outdoor patio down by the creek, or go to Granny Fishes Trout Restaurant about 20 minutes away at their picnic area.
Saturday, Oct. 17: Breakfast at Southern Perks Restaurant or at the Inn (Inn only has muffins & coffee, but rooms do have refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee machines). Meet for 40ish mile ride at 9:00 am. After ride, same options as Friday.
Sunday, Oct. 18: Southern Perks not open, so you will have to provide your own breakfast. Meet at 9:00 AM for 35-40 mile ride. After ride, meet for lunch or head home.
There will not be sag support on this ride, so you will need to bring a spare tube with you. I will, of course, assist anyone with any mechanical problems and will pick you up after the ride if you cannot continue. I will provide electronic routes and paper cue-sheets, and will lead the rides.
As a special service during this crazy year (2020), I am setting the fee for this tour to basically just cover the cost of your hotel room as follows:
- Two people sharing a room with two queen beds, $120/person
- Two people sharing a room with one king bed, $90/person.
- One person in own room with king bed, $165.
You will need to provide your own bicycle, transportation to Lynchburg and afternoon activities, and pay for all meals.
COVID rules: This tour will be as Covid-safe as possible. A maximum of 13 people will be on the tour (including myself), and we will all maintain 6 feet of separation whenever possible. During our rest stops everyone will be expected to wear a mask, and any group activity will be outside. The Inn has separate entrances, so that will also enhance our ability to be Covid-safe.