Date(s): Saturday, August 3, 2013, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Legend of the Creeper Trail is Lawrence Dye. He is 81 years old and has ridden over 175,000 miles on the trail! That’s equivalent to six and one half trips around the earth. Lawrence began riding the trail in 1990 and has averaged 10,000 miles per year since 1996 when he turned 65. During his 1,862 trips from Abingdon to Whitetop he has encountered thousands of people and holds the official title of “Trail Ambassador.”
Lawrence is a lifetime member of the Virginia Creeper Trail Club and has served on the organization’s board of directors for many years. During the Festival, you are invited to ride with “The Legend” and fellow members of the Virginia Creeper Trail Club.
Weather permitting, the ride will begin at the Abingdon Trailhead at 8:00 a.m., proceed to Damascus and depart there at 10:00 a.m., arriving at Whitetop Station around noon for lunch, and head back down the trail at 12:30 p.m. Participants may shorten the mileage by joining or leaving the group at different locations along the trail.
The pace will be moderate with plenty of breaks so folks can talk to Lawrence and other participants. Bring your own bike or rent one in Abingdon or Damascus. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, bring water, food and additional support (e.g., tire repair kit).
Virginia Creeper Trailhead