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Bike 76 Loses Rest Stop as Virginian Markette Burns

Smoke pours from the Virginian Markette in Troutville. Photo by Pam Stump.

Smoke pours from the Virginian Markette in Troutville. Photo by Pam Stump.

US Bike Route 76, the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, has lost a bicycle friendly establishment. The Virginian Markette is recognized by the Virginia Bicycling Federation as bicycling friendly because of its speedy biscuit breakfast, large servings of Hersey’s ice cream, inviting picnic tables under cover, and a bathroom. Located on US Route 11, the store is between Buchanan and Troutville. Cyclists froom Roanoke regularly frequent the Markette as a destination.

The owners say they are insured and plan to rebuild. Read the story in the Roanoke Times.

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