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Roanoke or Hot Springs, VA riders??(8 posts)

Roanoke or Hot Springs, VA riders??PaulCL
Aug 19, 2002 10:44 AM
Since no-one ever reads the "Rides and Clubs" board, I'll cross post:

I gave my wife a 'spa' weekend for her 40th birthday present (ain't I a great husband!!). We are going to spend the weekend at "The Homestead" in Hot Springs, Va which is about an 1 1/2 hours from Roanoke. At my wife's suggestion (really!), I am bringing my bike. No kidding, it was her idea. She gets a pedicure, I get a workout. She gets an oily massage, I get a sweaty ride (then the massage!)

A few questions for locals....Any suggestions on where to ride in the area?? Any local shops to contact to get maps or ride buddies?? I'll be riding on Saturday and Sunday late morning. As my wife is getting a pedicure, I'll be pedaling...Thanks. Paul
re: Roanoke or Hot Springs, VA riders??ms
Aug 19, 2002 11:12 AM
I never have taken my bike to Hot Springs, but I attend a conference at the Homestead every other year. There is a great climb on Route 39 going toward Warm Springs (i.e., from East to West). The only problem, is that I do not know how to do a loop from the Homestead that would get you to the bottom of the climb other than your riding the route from the Hotel (i.e., 220 to 39) then riding it in reverse. I would be interested in any suggestions others may have for rides in the area -- I will be there again next June. Also, will the Homestead let you keep your bike in your room?

BTW: The Homestead is a great place. You have made a good choice. Have fun.
The HomesteadPaulCL
Aug 19, 2002 11:49 AM
I talked to them about my bike. I phrased my question in terms of what golfers do with their clubs. The reservationist told me that I could lock it to a rack on the front porch. I explained that my bike wasn't a "Huffy" and I wouldn't do that. She then told me that it would be perfectly OK to bring it to my room or leave it in their bike shop. I guess they have rental bikes available hence the bike shop. My wife doesn't want it in the room.
Bike in roomms
Aug 19, 2002 12:42 PM
The rooms at the Homestead vary greatly in size -- I have stayed in rooms the size of a large closet and I have had rooms with walk-in closets the size of a small hotel room (I always have paid for a standard room). I would take the bike to the room -- if you are lucky, you may have enough room for the bike in your closet.

On the other hand, I guess I can understand that your wife does not want to share the room with your "mistress."
Aug 19, 2002 5:26 PM
You must have read my post a few weeks ago about my wife referring to my baby bike as my "mistress". Her words went something like this: "I swear that if your bike had a vagina, you would never come home!" She was so right.

I'll check out the room before I carry it to some bike shop. With my luck, the bike shop would mistakenly rent it out for the day to some 300lb guy. Imagine that...a 300lb man on a 16lb bicycle. Ouch.
lots of options!preacher
Aug 19, 2002 2:07 PM
My wife is from Roanoke and I take my bike every time we visit. Makes life with the inlaws much better. There are some great rides in the area. Just depends what type you are looking for. 4 mile climbs or rolling hills. Anything along the blueridege parkway just north of Roanoke is beautiful. Try this site. I found it helpful.

Happy biking
THanks! (nm)PaulCL
Aug 19, 2002 5:23 PM
Great MTBing toomontavi
Aug 20, 2002 7:39 AM
Bringing 2 bikes might be pushing it - but there is some great mountain biking at Douthat State Park which is close by. About 30 miles of sweet singletrack.

I would second the Blue Ridge Parkway suggestion, but you should be able to find great roads all around there. Beautiful area.

Have Fun