Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Virginia Capital Trail

There is a span of approximately 50 miles that run from the Colonial Capital, in Williamsburg, to the current capital of Virginia, in Richmond.  That 50 miles runs primarily along Route 5 through Richmond, Varina, Charles City, and James City County.  Also along that route is the Virginia Capital Trail.  A biking and walking trail that, once complete, will connect the two capitals.  Right now portions of that trail are finished and ready for use.  A small portion in Richmond, about 6 or 7 miles (that's my guessing) in Charles City, and then 13 miles (again me thinking out loud) on the Williamsburg end are complete.  And by complete I mean paved with bridges spanning over waterways, flowers planned along the trails, signs indicating starting/stopping points.  I first saw part of the trail while visiting Berkley Plantation a couple years back.  It's been on my "to-do" list since.  Now that I have more free time during the day I figured a bike trip was in order.  The great news about this adventure is that it's practically up the road from me :-)

My starting point in Charles City
Maybe a quarter mile before Berkley Plantation heading East

Very old entrance to Berkley

Charles City Tavern

Lots of wide open spaces

Edgewood Plantation (now a B&B)

There were a couple other plantations along the way, a historical church, plenty of trees...not the first bathroom :-/  unless you counted the trees.  The trail finished just as abruptly as it started.  You see in over in the woods and then you don't.  The other portions of the trail may offer bathrooms....but since I haven't done those (YET) I can't say for sure.  My next warm, sunny, day off....I want to start at the Williamsburg end and work west.  Who wants to go with me?

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