Bike Touring Southern Virginia on the Lead Sled

Felkerino and I are off bike touring in  Virginia this week. We began our ride in Waynesboro and are winding our way south to Wytheville.

Day 1 we rode to Lexington, a quaint historic town.

Yesterday, Day 2, we arrived in Clifton Forge, part of the Alleghany Highlands region.

We’ve employed the mountain Cannondale tandem for the trip. So far so good.

Two small Ortlieb panniers in the front, Carradice Camper saddlebag in the back. The bike handles well with a load and climbs solidly.

We’ve moderated our mileage to around 70 miles a day for the first three days, which allows us to sleep in, stop when we feel like it, and savor the journey.

Highlights so far include crossing a pedestrian suspension bridge over the Maury River, passing through Douthat State Park, and stopping by the C&O museum in Clifton Forge.

I hope to send a few updates along the way, and I’ve inserted a few pics to give you a flavor of our trip. image







  1. So jealous. Looks like a lot of fun. Shawn G (@americancyclo) and I were riding the Reston Century – in the rain- yesterday and wondering how your ride was going. Enjoy the miles!


  2. Were there actually two people on tandems touring at that one location? That’s either a very popular tour or quite a coincidence! Or perhaps I’m just underestimating the number of people on tandems.


    • There were two tandems, but the one was owned by the lodge and looked to be used for getting around the block. We were the only bike travelers there that evening. It’s a beautiful beautiful area for riding.


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