Richmond to Ashland, VA ride
April 16, 2010
The other day I rode a beautiful, winding country road from the Richmond suburbs to Ashland, VA to visit a friend. The road was silky smooth and empty. The fields that lick the edges of the road glowed with new growth. Blue sky, butterflies and a ton of pollen (let’s be honest, it is the green snow season here) completed the setting. It took five minutes to get from the Short Pump Mall to pure country roads. There aren’t many major metro areas where you can still say that, and I feel lucky. I’ve made this ride plenty of times and I promise: even on days when the Farmer’s Market is open, there isn’t any traffic.
You can eat well in Ashland. Homemades by Suzanne (breakfast and lunch), the Iron Horse Restaurant (lunch and dinner) and Ashland Coffee and Tea Company (breakfast, live music, lunch, bands, dinner, music) are great choices. All are located along the west side of the tracks.
Here’s my route from the intersection of Broad Street and Pump Rd./Pouncy Tract Rd.
Pouncy Tract Rd north
Nuckols Rd west
623 (Ashland Rd) east
Stay on Ashland Rd when 623 forks to the right
Bear right onto 657 (Ashcake Rd)
Cross the railroad tracks and turn left
You are in Ashland!