Shenandoah/Blue Ridge

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Begins: Warrenton, VA (jct. US 17, 211 & 29; 45 minutes from DC)
Ends: Afton, VA
Where we stay: Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Staunton, VA  
Price: $975 including 1 night (usually single occ.), 1 dinner, 1 breakfast.

We’ve enhanced our Shenandoah/Blue Ridge route to make it even better!  It still offers the great scenery, from winding country lanes that follow the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to our local version of the Deal’s Gap Dragon,  route 211, to residential and commercial areas and of course, the fabulous Blue Ridge Parkway.  We spend Saturday training on beautiful country and rural backroads, many dotted with farms that go back to the 1800s.  We work our way to route 211, a very twisty, curvy road that leads across Skyline Drive.  Lunch is in Ruckersville, VA at the family-owned Blue Ridge Cafe.  Following a great day of riding and coaching we arrive at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, VA, where you may decide to end your day.  For those who want more riding we offer a guided, short ride without the signature SSMT commentary and evaluation, giving riders an opportunity to practice the skills they’ve learned thus far. Then, with bikes parked for the day, it's off for a nice short walk to dinner in historic Staunton.

After enjoying the Sunday breakfast buffet, we head through town, introducing valuable strategies for riding in active commercial environments.  Up next - Afton VA and the north entrance to the BRP.  As we ride the BRP you’ll experience sweeping turns and very low traffic conditions as we carve our way south to the Buena Vista Overlook.  Along the way we’ll build on our cornering techniques and become comfortable working with the visual cues that help identify the direction and severity of corners.  Lunch will be in downtown Lexington VA at the Southern Inn.  After lunch we’ll work on applying advanced smoothness, braking and hazard-avoidance techniques. We’ll end the training at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center along the BRP.  Five miles to the north is Afton, with easy access to interstates 64 and 81, Virginia route 250 and Skyline Drive.

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