After losing their son in the early spring of 2015, Paul and Kelly Read decided to create a lasting tribute to Taylor and his love of the trail by erecting a beautiful shelter in Alvarado Park. The shelter was built with the generous donations made by the Read’s family, friends and colleagues and the shelter was dedicated in the fall of 2015. The one-of-a-kind structure was designed by Taylor’s sister, Megan, and it has become one of the most treasured spots along the Virginia Creeper Trail. Throughout the year, you can find someone looking out over the river in quiet reflection or a family gathering for the afternoon or a couple who has chosen this tranquil site to exchange their wedding vows.
Every October since, the Reads have gathered with family, friends and supporters of the VCT to celebrate Taylor’s life and love of the trail and this year is no exception. On Saturday, October 6, the 4th Annual Rails to River Ride for Taylor…Support the Creeper! will be held and we invite you to join us!
The day begins with a ride from the trail head in Abingdon to Alvarado where we’ll gather for lunch and live music beginning at noon. For those of you riding, registration and T-shirt pickup will be at the Creeper Trail Welcome Center located at the Abingdon trail head from 9:00-10:30 am. From there, enjoy a bike ride on the trail at your leisure. If your preference is lunch only, registration and T-shirt pickup will be at Alvarado Station from 11:00 to noon.
Registration of $25 per person includes a catered lunch and a special Rails to River…Ride for Taylor T-shirt to commemorate the day. Donations directly support the shelter and the Virginia Creeper Trail Club’s mission to maintain and preserve the entire trail corridor…and because of the generous support in the past, Taylor’s Ride is now the Creeper Trail Club’s largest fund raiser and we remain grateful to the Read family for their enduring support of the trail.
Registrations can be made online by filling out the form below. Registration deadline is September 22nd! Please email us at VirginiaCreeperTrailClub@gmail.com with questions. We look forward to seeing you on October 6th!