Do you feel like your fitness routine has to stay at home when you travel? The answer is no! With a little planning, you can explore a city and stay fit in the process. In September, my hubby and I attended the wedding of our friend’s son in Lynchburg, VA. We left on Friday after a half day of work. I got four workouts in for the week before we left. My goal is to get 5 to 6 workouts in each week. A few days before we left, hubby did some research online and found there was a Rails to Trails river walking/biking path right behind our hotel. Yay. Our hotel, rented bikes for only $5 per hour, double yay. Since the wedding wasn’t taking place until 5:30 pm, we had all morning to explore Lynchburg and take a ride on the river walk.
Lynchburg is called “the city on the hill”. Even though it’s a small city, we got a lot of exercise just walking around and exploring first thing in the morning. Bring a good pair of sneakers with you so you can enjoy your walk. We found a cool place to eat lunch called Jefe. It was a taco place. They had all kinds of tacos and tequila to sample.
After our walk we rented our bikes and headed out for our ride on the river walk. We had an absolutely gorgeous day. The six mile ride we took followed the James River and crossed a bridge to an island where people enjoy camping. The river walk was paved. There are plans to extend the trail to stretch for 22 miles and stretch all the way to Appomattox Courthouse, where General Lee surrendered to General Grant. Fun fact: It’s a town, not an actual courthouse!
Here’s a video I shot live for Periscope while we stopped on the bridge over the river. Hopefully, this will give you the nudge to try this ride if you visit Lynchburg.
After lunch, some more walking, a little rest and a refreshing shower at our hotel, it was time to head for the wedding. It was on the 17th hole of a beautiful golf course where the couple met while working together one summer. The reception was on the lawn of the club house, which looked like it was once a plantation house. It was the perfect southern reception, and we didn’t have to feel guilty about the food and drink because we got our exercise!