Have you ever been to Umstead on the first pretty day of Spring and it seems as if half the Metro showed up to finally fulfill their New Years resolution to get into shape? Suppose you were already in great shape because you had never put the bike up all winter? It is always more difficult to re-start something than it is to continue so we'll take a few days to recuperate from our New Years festivities and then hit the trails!
This ride takes us from Lake Crabtree via the Black Creek and Northwoods Greenways to downtown Cary. We will need to take a few city streets for a couple of miles then pick up the Black Creek Greenway again which will lead us to the Whiteoak Greenway. This will take us west into to Apex, under I540 and ending at Green Level Church Rd. Its 14 and change out and back for a 28+ miler. It is a pretty flat ride as I recall with the exception of a few good climbs early in the ride.
When we return we can load our bikes and gather at the Carolina Cafe and Bakery at the Arboretum on Weston for an after ride Coffee or snack.
For those of you concerned about the city streets we have really developed a great system over the past few rides of staying in a group and looking out for each other. When we detour on a city street we do so as a group and claim our lane. Because the Greenways aren't all connected we will need to do this a couple of times but I have limited the detours as best I can.
We will meet at 10:00 a.m. and depart at 10:15. Snow, sleet or freezing rain will be the only deal breaker! A little known fact; engines produce more horse power in cold weather :)
Below is the parking area and map of the ride
Carolina Cafe and Bakery