Post Thanksgiving Calorie Burner 30 mile Raleigh Loop (Intermediate to Experienc

I've listed this ride as intermediate to experienced because of distance not speed.

This is the longest ride I've scheduled yet.  Because the Greenways follow creeks and streams, for the most part, there aren't many hills.  Some of you have been on every section of this ride in earlier Meetups now I'm stringing them together for one longish ride.

Because of the length  everyone who RSVP's should expect that we will stop at different points along the way to re-group. Remember, this is a group ride, no drops!  You should also bring adequate water and a Cliff Bar or two wouldn't hurt :)  I will bring tire patches and tools.  You may, if you don't have one, want to buy a repair kit from your local bike shop.

There is one section of the Greenway under construction so we will need to exit for a couple of miles.  The detour is on mostly residential streets and except for crossing Poole Rd and New Bern avenue we won't encounter any busy roads.

I have done this ride many times and my experience is a feeling of accomplishment at the end.

Don't worry about a fast paced ride.  We will average under 15 mph. Greenways + group ride = slower pace is my experience.

Hope to see you there!

Update:  After ride gathering at  Sola Coffee Cafe 7705 Lead Mine Rd, Raleigh, NC.  Its about two miles from the trail head.  Take Longstreet North to the light at Sawmill.  Left turn to the intersection of Sawmill and Leadmine.  Cross Leadmine and then right turn into the shopping center.

  Street parking on Bent Creek.  Arrow points at Greenway entrance.

Longstreet and Bent Creek are a few blocks off of Six Forks Rd near Celebration Plaza.

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  • George S.

    Wow! Anna took some great pics and posted them to fb. I'll post them to the Meetup. Thanks Anna!

    1 · November 30, 2013

    • Anna S.

      My pleasure George..

      1 · December 1, 2013

  • Anna S.

    What an awesome ride - sunshine, spokes and Sola's!

    3 · December 1, 2013

  • Jami M.

    Very fun and enjoying the exploring. Awesome group of riders!

    4 · November 30, 2013

  • Jim L

    I had a wonderful time! It was fun ride and looking fwd to next time. See you all soon. :-)

    3 · November 30, 2013

  • Shawn P.

    I was great meeting everyone. Looking forward to many more rides.

    4 · November 30, 2013

  • George S.

    I posted Anna's Pics!

    November 30, 2013

  • Kim

    Today was another great ride. That is my favorite route so far. Enjoyed talking to everyone at Sola's.

    4 · November 30, 2013

  • Jim C.

    Great ride. Thanks George.

    3 · November 30, 2013

  • Tom

    Have to pass. Sick dog.

    November 30, 2013

    • Krista

      Oh no. :( I hope your dog gets better soon.

      3 · November 30, 2013

  • KathleenL

    Great meeting you all today and the ride was fantastic! Sorry I couldn't make it to Sona's, but I did get to say goodbye to my daughter. All in all, a great day!

    6 · November 30, 2013

  • Krista

    So. Much. Fun!! :) Was great riding with everyone. George, thanks again for your help with my tire.

    4 · November 30, 2013

  • George S.

    That was an awesome ride! Thanks to everyone! Everybody looked out for each other and we made it back as a group! Perfect Saturday ride!

    4 · November 30, 2013

  • Mike C.

    nice meeting everyone today!

    5 · November 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it. Sinus headache.
    :(
    You guys have fun!

    November 30, 2013

  • James L.

    Still on the waiting list, going to change my rsvp to no just in case someone wants to join. I need a pretty good window to be on time.

    November 30, 2013

  • Krista

    Well, crap. I went to pump up my tires just now and noticed I have a flat. :( If I get there a little early tomorrow, can someone please help me change it before the ride? I have a spare tube.

    November 29, 2013

    • George S.

      How does 9:30 sound?

      1 · November 29, 2013

    • tinomuvonga

      Don't forget to bring a full size pump.

      November 29, 2013

  • George S.

    Well this is aggravating! I can't attach a file to the meetup email service. I will print copies for tomorrow.

    November 29, 2013

  • George S.

    I have written turn by turn directions for you guys to either print out or save to your phones as a document. There are two sections of the ride where we get off of the Greenway for short distances. Even though we will stop to re-group a couple or three times it might be nice, if anyone does fall behind, to be able to refer to directions.
    Also please save me in your contacts in case you need to call! [masked]-0963. I will email the directions as a word document to the group.

    See you tomorrow!

    November 29, 2013

  • Lori

    I REALLY wanted to go but I just don't think I have the right cold weather gear for cycling in tomorrow's temp. :( I'll have to fix that situation soon, sorry.

    November 29, 2013

    • George S.

      I'm sorry to hear that Lori. Hope you can make the next one!

      November 29, 2013

  • George S.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    2 · November 28, 2013

  • George S.

    Kim suggested Sola Coffee shop for after the ride. I've updated the meetup with directions from the trail head.
    Thanks Kim!

    2 · November 27, 2013

    • Krista

      Yay! I'm a big fan of Sola! Great suggestion, Kim! :)

      2 · November 27, 2013

  • George S.

    The weather for Saturday is going to be chilly :( The good news is sunny skies are in the forecast! I will be wearing decent gloves, a few layers of clothing and ear muffs. Its not going to be cold enough for the ski goggles though. I rode in an MS charity ride last Sunday when it was only 32 out with high winds and once I got moving stayed pretty warm. Its going to be about 10 degrees warmer than that on Saturday so we should be fine as long as we dress right.

    I will be updating the event with a post ride spot for food and beverages.

    Hope to see you all there!

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • KathleenL

    Hi, are you guys all riding hybrids? Is anyone riding a road bike?
    Thanks

    November 19, 2013

    • brandi

      I'm on a road bike!

      1 · November 21, 2013

    • KathleenL

      Excellent!

      November 22, 2013

  • Laura

    Looking forward to this ride

    November 19, 2013

  • Glenn E.

    I was looking forward to this ride, but just noticed I overlooked that I will be working the 30th.. yes working LOL.. But at least I'll be in Wilmington for the weekend.. Hope everyone has a great ride and a Happy Thanksgiving.. !!

    November 18, 2013

  • Uma S.

    Sorry, will shoot to join you next time. I'll be in the midst of a big family gathering that weekend. Enjoy your Thanksgiving ride!

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • David W.

    George....this is a GREAT ride plan. Alas, will be out of town....wish I could join in.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • $totler

    Dang. Duke @ UNC football game day.

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Anthony

      I was about to RSVP then I saw your reply. Game time isn't set yet. We could get lucky and get a 3:30 start time.

      1 · November 12, 2013

  • George S.

    Hey Kim, you'll be fine. I've listed the ride intermediate to experienced because of distance not speed. I will need someone to bring up the rear if you're interested? That way when I see you I know that no-one else is behind...(:

    November 12, 2013

    • Kim

      I am happy to.

      1 · November 12, 2013

  • Kim

    I'm going to try to keep up. If not, no worries as I now know this section of the greenway thanks to this group!!

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Andy

    My favorite greenway ride. Looking forward to it.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • George S.

    We will average under 15 mph. Greenways + group ride = slower pace is my experience.

    November 12, 2013

  • Mike C.

    How fast do you think we'll be going? Have a single speed Ridley and can average 20 mph most times but with one gear... will get left behind if we're going to average 25mph+

    1 · November 12, 2013

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