Mark R has left a new comment on your post "The sad decline of Afton Mountain....":
I biked up to Afton today- it is awful, I would have paid for a coffee and cookie- alas- no stores were open.This is one example of what Afton Mountain misses from passers-by who would stop for lunch, dinner, or an overnight stay. Such a beautiful area is spoiled by burned-out and abandoned buildings. See photos here.
Too bad Mark R. didn't have somewhere for a bicyclist to rest, grab a bite to eat, and relax while taking in the scenery of the Rockfish and Shenandoah Valleys.
Update: Mark R. came back on and left the following comment logging his bike route at "The sad decline of Afton Mountain":
Mark R has left a new comment on your post "The sad decline of Afton Mountain....":Thanks, Mark. Sounded like a great day for a great ride.
Bike May 25 2008
I biked out Garth Rd to White Hall.
South to Crozet then Jarman’s Gap Road (by sniper house)
People were picking strawberries at Chiles,
Into Nelson county
Ascent Afton Mtn- past Veritas Vineyards,
Past June Curry, the cookie lady- she was talking with some bike campers- I waved.
The climb is grueling- 1000 ft elevation in just over 2 miles
Parkway- went up farther.
Sadly- all the shops at top of Afton are burned out or closed
Turned around and headed home.