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Pencil to Big Walker Ride, which began as the Big Walker Century Ride in 2004, is an
annual fundraising event to support the housing and anti-poverty programs of
Helping Overcome Poverty's Existence, Inc. (HOPE).
It is a
recreational ride that begins in Wytheville, which is conveniently located at
the intersection of Interstates 77 and 81 and about halfway between Roanoke and
Bristol on I-81. It is an easy drive from Charlotte - only 2-1/2 hours
north on I-77 (map
With various routes designed for beginner and avid cyclists, the ride can accommodate up to 200 cyclists. The routes take advantage of portions of the following designated cycling routes: U.S. Bicycle Route 76 (TransAmerica Trail), Virginia Scenic Byways, Civil War Trail, U.S. National Forest Scenic Byway, Blue Grass Trail and Heart of Appalachia Bike Route.
Southwest Virginia offers many recreational and historical attractions for participants and their families to enjoy while visiting the area. Hiking, biking and nature activities abound. Click here for links to attractions and other local information.