"One Night Overnight" rides (ONO for short) are low key and low cost mini bicycle vacations that start not more than a couple of hours from the Beltway and will usually entail an overnight stay.
Virginia Countryside ONO July 9-10
This is a 52 mile per day rolling ride in pretty Virginia countryside from Orange, Virginia to Charlottesville, Virginia and back. Orange is a gracious and interesting starting city—with good late lunch or dinner options after the ride on Sunday and Free, Overnight Parking in Orange at the Municipal Lot (address: 119 Bellview St; right at Main and the Post Office) behind the Town Office Building. For a unique pre-ride experience visit the The Donut Cafe (515 N. Madison St, Orange, VA 22960; 540-672-2100).
The ride has been developed with input from the Blue Wheel Bicycle Shop and the Charlottesville Bicycle Club. It is uses light traffic roads that are interesting with views of farmlands and the Blue Ridge mountains to the west. The terrain is continuously rolling but there are no big climbs and all levels are welcome on the ride and invited to go at a comfortable pace as we have all day to get to our destination each day. A highlight is a rest stop at the gorgeous Glass House Winery at mile 34 to Charlottesville and mile 18 from C’ville on Sunday (see information below). The ride is cued from the James Madison Museum in Orange to the Amtrack Station in downtown Charlottesville VA a short walk to its interesting mall.
Important: Charlottesville hotel rooms readily accessible to cyclists arriving downtown are scarce—and more pricey than rooms near the interstates and out of town on route 29. Make refundable reservations early if you intend to go! A block of rooms has been reserved at the University of Virginia Inn at Darden Event Center, 100 Darden Blvd, Charlottesville, VA $140 plus tax. Please call the Inn at Darden’s reservations department at (434) 243-5000 and choose Option #2. Callers must identify themselves by providing PPTC20 Introduction - Room Block to ensure they receive the appropriate rate and are included in the guest room block. Reservations must be confirmed prior to Thursday, June 09, 2016. The hotel has a 48 hour cancellation requirement.
Restaurants: Citizen Burger Bar (212 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902; 434-979-9944) has excellent burgers! Many more choices on the downtown mall where this is located.
Bike Shop: Blue Wheel Bicycles (941 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902; 434-977-1870; Sat 10-5, Closed Sun)
Restaurants in Orange: The Light Well (110 E. Main Street, Orange, VA 22960; 540-661-0004) or Wise Guys (118 East Main Street, Orange, VA; 540-661-9794) upon your return to the start on Sunday have good reviews.
The Glass House Winery (5898 Free Union Rd, Free Union, VA 22940; 434-975-0094; Bed and Breakfast 434-964-2190) is a beautiful winery with excellent wines and food trucks on weekends when we will visit
Rules of the Road: ONO rides are designed for self-reliant cyclists who are interested in a short "mini-cycling tour” experience that is low cost and low key. Riders make their own hotel reservations and carry their own overnight bag unless they have arranged their own support from a non-cycling friend/partner. For example, two or more riders can split the weekend ride/drive responsibility and carry luggage or arrange for just a one-way ride. If you or a friend is interested in arranging for or assisting in any car support please let ride leader know. This ONO ride is fairly “close in” but is likely to be a new experience for most participants. As always the ride will not go if inclement weather is likely. There is no specified rain date at this time. Please let ride leader know in advance of your plan to attend this event. Cue sheets are available in advance from the ride leader, John Zebatto, email firstname.lastname@example.org.