The meet time for the ride: 10:45. The destination: Paint Bank, a small community in northern Craig County, Virginia.
The train depot dates back to 1909, when Paint Bank was the final stop of the Potts Valley Branch line of the Norfolk & Western Railway, which was expanded during the mining boom of the early 1900’s.
The lodge features a master suite, and 4 guest rooms each with private bath, and a gas fireplace.
The caboose has been renovated into a queen bedroom, complete with it’s own bath.
The Depot and the other buildings in Paint Bank have been beautifully renovated and visitors can shop in the General Store, eat in the Swinging Bridge Restaurant (which really does have a swinging bridge inside it), and explore the water powered Grist Mill.
I’ve ridden to Paint Bank several times through the years and it’s a great place for a stop along the way. Someday I’ll have to stay the night!
It was a misty ride back over the mountains towards home, but despite the dark storm clouds only a few of the 160 miles we rode were truly rainy. Another fun ride in the books.
And oh yes!
The best sign I saw along the road today was in front of a church: “Noah should have slapped those 2 mosquitos”