Special to the Tribune
Abingdon, VA – Recently 14 Scouts from Weaverville’s Troop 15 completed a two-day ride of the entire Virginia Creeper Trail, from the North Carolina border to the Abingdon Welcome Center. Nine adult leaders and one little sister accompanied the Scouts on the bicycle trip. The 35-mile trip was spread over two days with a campout and service project in between their starting point and their final destination.
Day One saw the Scouts descending over 2,000 vertical feet on a scenic 26-mile ride to the campsite at Alvarado Park. The path follows an old railroad line which has been converted into a trail for hikers and cyclists to enjoy.
While the riders were testing their nerves and brakes, five other Scouts and two adult leaders were hard at work in the park. They weeded, mulched, planted, and did general clean-up work around the Taylor Read Memorial Shelter in preparation for a fundraiser known as the Rails-to-River Ride for Taylor which took place on October 5th.
This fundraiser for the VA Creeper trail celebrates the life of a young man who, like the scouts, enjoyed riding the trail. More information about this event can be found here.
Day Two began with Scouts cooking breakfast for themselves while the adults shuttled vehicles to the end of the trail and raced back to camp on their bikes, just in time to escort the boys over the remaining nine miles of trail. This day was mostly uphill, and drew several observations about the mysterious replacement of yesterday’s nice, soft bike seats with blocks of stone. Happily, all the riders made it to the finish, with rounds of high-fives, many tall tales to tell, and a grand sense of accomplishment.
The Boy Scouts of Troop 15 are now looking forward to a weekend in October camping at the battlefield of Chickamauga, exploring our nation’s history, swiftly followed by their annual fundraiser BBQ and Silent Auction on November 2nd at the Weaverville Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.