Civil War, Skyline and sumptuous inns on a bike
It was an extraordinary trip. Our guides, Richard and Rod were wonderful in every possible way::friendly, helpful, accommodating, flexible, instructive and calm. There were rides challenging enough for the most experienced, hard-core riders, and variation for those who were less ambitious. Richard and Rod were able to quickly assess each rider’s level and help to make decisions on what to try. They were encouraging and supportive in pushing you, but always within your limits; often they had a better idea of. that than you did. The scenery was glorious, even when the Skyline Drive was fogged in. Three of the inns in particular(Vaucluse, Marriott Ranch, Antrim) were so exceptional that they could be destinations in their own and the only unfortunate thing was not to have more time there. But they are definitely places to return to. The guide at Gettysburg(Bruce) was great: knowledgeable but focused and concise. The guide at Antietam was not so good and it would have been better to have had Bruce who also does Antietam, or just seeing the movie there and then doing some form of self-directed tour.. There was plenty of food and liquids for lunches and rest stops and it all tasted great, prepared expertly by the guides who switched their bike gloves for latex gloves without missing a beat.
This is my second trip with Wilderness Voyageurs and I am looking forward to my next one!
Rating: Excellent *****
Michael traveled with us on the Shenandoah Bike Tour in 2016