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Country Coburn’s Mountain Lake Bicycle Tour on a 1974 Raleigh Supercourse 650B Conversion.

7 July, 2007

Country Coburn began his bike tour to the UVA Mountain Lake Biological Research Station at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007. His departure down highland looked like this (click here for video). His bicycle is a 1974 Raleigh Super Course that has undergone a 650B wheel conversion.

The route (for those of you with Mapquest open or a Virginia Gazetteer):

Day 1: House-of-Yes to Old Lynchburg Road (708 south). Old Lynchburg Road to Dudley Mountain Road. Dudley Mountain Rd. to Red Hill Road (708). Red Hill Road to Taylor’s Gap Road (710 south). Taylor’s Gap Road to Plank Road (696 west). Plank Road to Dick Woods Road (692 west, paved and dirt (note: union with “Old Turnpike Road” just east of Afton, VA) to Rte. 151 / Rte. 6 (north). Rte. 151 / Rte. 6 (north) to Stagecoach Road (left / west). Stagecoach Road to Rte. 250. Rte 250 (about 1.5 unpleasant, uphill miles) to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Blue Ridge Parkway to Howardsville Turnpike (610). Howardsville Turnpike to Mount Torry Road (664 south) at Sherando, VA. Mount Torry Road south to “Coal Road” (FR 42) through George Washington National Forest. “Coal Road” to South River Road (608 south)….. more later…

Toward Vesuvius, VA. and beyond…


(Click here or on the thumbnail to see the photos)

Update at the end of day 1: 100 miles completed! Charlottesville to Fancy Hill, VA.

Route comments: Coal Road (FR 42) through George Washington National Forest, which is 15 miles of hilly dirt and gravel, “sucked”(due more to the hills than the dirt)–better to stay on paved alternatives. South River Road (608) mysteriously ends, despite what the Gazetteer shows, and a re-route through Lexington was required. Much of the most unpleasant traffic on Rte. 250 at Afton can be avoided by turning left on Stagecoach Road (second left after the railroad tracks at Afton).


Click the thumb to put the first day in perspective.

Day Two: Safe arrival before 10:00 p.m.. Comments later.