Shamrock Tour® - Snowshoe, West Virginia

Shamrock Tour® - Snowshoe, West Virginia
What's going on in a well-known ski area like Snowshoe in the summer? Daniel, Andrea and I find some answers in this curvy paradise.

With that old John Denver tune looping around my mind, I lead my brother Daniel and his girlfriend Andrea from Winston-Salem, NC, toward Snowshoe, WVA. It's a typical July day with blue skies under a scorching sun. Quickly escaping into the shade of the woods we eventually arrive late in the day at Snowshoe, after a great ride on winding back roads through exhilarating landscape.

Hundreds of bikers have gathered here for the annual Freedom Festival. Organized for touring and cruising riders three years ago, this event deserves a starred notation on your summertime calendar of things to do and places to see. It's a great opportunity to meet like-minded folks and to take some breathtaking rides in the surrounding hills.

After checking in, Daniel and I relaxed over a few hearty draughts of hop-blossom tea (beer) and contemplated the next day's routes. It's a tough decision because there are too many interesting possibilities for a nice ride. But within the hour we worked out a great tour.