The Appalachian Mountain range span from Pennsylvania to the Northern reaches of Alabama. These ancient mountains are some of the oldest in the world, forming a natural border between the Atlantic Ocean and the rolling hills approaching the Mississippi River. “Appalachia” is one of the oldest place names in the United States and its history is as deep as its coves and valleys. The Mountaineers who settled in the Appalachians were rugged, self-reliant, and independent. This is the setting for the equally rugged and unique Appalachian Journey, a spring Virginia classic featuring three route options starting with the Long-Doggie, 110 miles and 11, 472 feet of elevation gain. The Middle Journey comes with 65 miles and 6,709 feet of elevation gain, and the Short Journey rounds out the field with 36 miles and 3,409 feet of elevation gain. One of the Best Gravel Events in the Mid-Atlantic for 2023, as rated by Strambecco.
The Journey takes place in Floyd County, Virginia, one of the least populated and highest mountain plateaus east of the Mississippi, bordered by the Eastern Continental Divide on the NW side. Floyd is a great location to ride the Journey and spend a long weekend. Floyd has fantastic lodging options depending on your preferred flavor of stay. With camping available on-site at Floyd Family Campground, RV hookups available for a fee, and tons of great options in Floyd proper, there is something for everyone. Head over to http://visitfloydva.com/stay/ to check out all the options.
Journey Productions produces the event, which also produces The Appalachian Mountaineer, another great regional gravel event.