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Ride at Jordan Lake

First off, a heads-up: The correct address is 7001 Fayetteville ROAD, which is a few hundred yards south of I-40 at Southpoint Mall. Google and MeetUp may try to send you to a location closer to central Durham.

This is an awesome, moderately hilly 50-mile route (or 46-mile route) with very light traffic except for a couple of short stretches on Fayetteville Road and US-15/501. It's similar to what we did three or four times in October and November, possibly with a very short detour to Fearrington Village. 

We'll go along the western side of the lake, up a short, steep hill on Lystra Road, and out on the leaf-covered roads of rural Chatham County, and arrive at Fearrington around 1. Then we'll head down, down, down Jack Bennett Road and across the lake and back to Southpoint via the American Tobacco Trial. This won't display correctly on most smartphones, so I've also included turn-by-turn directions below. Please print your own cue sheet if you need one.

I'd like to keep it at a modest pace so we don't get too strung out from one another, with most of us averaging 15-17 mph. We won't have a sweep, but we'll stop at every couple of turns. 

The forecast is partly sunny with a high of 66 and no chance of rain, which of course is pretty sweet for this time of year.

Please be prepared to obey all traffic laws, so we don't make a bad name for cyclists.

You'll need to bring a helmet, hydration and a spare tube, as always. I'd also recommend a snack, though we'll probably also stop at a convenience store at Manns Chapel Road around mile 15 and/or where we turn off of Hwy 751 onto Lewter Shop Road around mile 37. If we do the Fearrington Village detour, then we can grab a snack and/or hot chocolate and/or coffee there.

We can also duck in somewhere for a brewski afterward, maybe Los Portales or Buffalo Wild Wings, though I won't be able to join you since I'm going to see my Davidson Wildcats take on UNC in the Dean Dome.

Call or e-mail me if you have any questions:[masked]-3915.

1. Head south on Fayetteville Rd toward Chapparal Dr 0.4 mi
2. Turn right onto Massey Chapel Rd 0.9 mi
3. Turn left onto NC-751 S 0.4 mi
4. Turn right onto Stagecoach Rd 1.6 mi
5. Turn left onto Farrington Rd 0.4 mi
6. Turn left onto Farrington Mill Rd 2.0 mi
7. Continue onto Old Farrington Point Rd 1.7 mi
8. Turn left onto Farrington Point Rd 2.0 mi
9. Turn right onto Lystra Rd 4.5 mi
10. Turn right onto US-15 N/US-501 N 0.9 mi
11. Turn left onto Manns Chapel Rd 1.9 mi
******ANYONE WHO IS TIRED OR A COUPLE OF MILES BEHIND THE LEAD GROUP can cut off about 4 miles by continuing straight ahead and rejoining the route at Andrews Store Road (#18 below; just turn left instead of right). We will regroup at Fearrington Village. 

12. Head northwest on Poythress Rd toward Lamont Norwood Rd 0.2 mi
13. Continue onto Lamont Norwood Rd 3.2 mi
14. Turn left onto Jones Ferry Rd 1.1 mi
15. Continue onto Hamlet Chapel Rd 0.6 mi
16. Turn left onto Oak Hill Rd 0.7 mi
17. Turn left onto Manns Chapel Rd 0.3 mi
18. Turn right onto Andrews Store Rd 3.3 mi
19. Turn right onto US-15 S/US-501 S/Chapel Hill Rd 0.5 mi
20. Turn left onto Village Way 0.1 mi. You'll see Fearrington Village on your right.

LUNCH/SNACK BREAK

21. Turn right onto US-15 N/US-501 N/Chapel Hill Rd 1.2 mi
22. Turn right onto Jack Bennett Rd 3.1 mi
23. Turn right onto Lystra Rd 1.0 mi
24. Turn right onto Farrington Point Rd 1.4 mi
25. Continue onto Farrington Rd 0.7 mi
26. Turn left onto Marthas Chapel Rd 2.8 mi
27. Turn right onto NC-751 S 0.4 mi
28. Turn left onto Lewter Shop Rd 2.0 mi
29. Continue onto Morrisville Pkwy 0.5 mi
30. Turn left onto American Tobacco Trail 7.8 mi
31. Slight right toward Renaissance Pkwy 0.6 mi
32. Turn right onto Renaissance Pkwy 0.7 mi
33. Continue across Fayetteville Rd into parking lot


Random tip of the week: How to change a flat
1. Before you start riding, rub a little talcum powder (baby powder) all over your spare tube. This will help to avoid pinch flats by allowing the new tube to slide over the rim more easily.
2. Remove the wheel after flipping the lever to release the brakes, flipping/opening the quick-release lever and unscrewing the axle by a turn or two.
3. Remove one bead of the tire from the wheel. You can use tire levers if you don't care what happens to the tube. If you want to patch and reuse the tube, you may want to rely less on tire levers and more on your fingers. One bead of the tire should stay on the rim.
4. Strip out the old tube. Note the orientation so you can identify which part of the tube was on which part of the rim and inside which part of the tire.
5. Check for glass shards or other debris that may have punctured the tube. First, find the hole in the tube. Then find the corresponding point on the tire. Check the inside and outside of the tire for any debris that may have punctured the tube. Pry open any cracks in the tire gently to make sure nothing is lodged inside. If you still haven't found the cause, run your fingers along the inside of the tire in search of debris.
6. 
Inflate the new tube by mouth, or by pump until it's slightly turgid. This will help to prevent the tube from getting pinched when you're wrestling the bead of the tire onto the rim.
7. 
Set the tube into the tire.
8. Work the tire's bead back onto the rim. Use your fingers as much as possible. Use your tire levers as little as possible and very carefully, because it's easy to pinch the tube between a lever and the rim.
9. Pump it up, baby!

Here's a video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guv2h74Gpyk

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  • Zane

    Was looking forward to this ride today, but something else has come up. I will see you next ride.

    December 21, 2013

  • Lou

    Busy time today. Need to ride tomorrow instead. Be safe.

    December 21, 2013

  • Brandi T.

    On a slightly related note, I just signed up for BikeMS New Bern 2014 and joined the On Draft team...hope you'll all have me! Who is going? It's Sept 6-7

    1 · December 20, 2013

    • Daniel M.

      chuckle... they WILL have you and you will be joined by a cast of many (one day it will be thousands)

      December 20, 2013

    • Chris B.

      Nice! Welcome to the team! I will definitely be there. It's great that you're signing up so early. I also recommend arranging hotel reservations early. About 25 Drafters are in the first round of room selection from a huge block that the MS Society reserves downtown, so you can probably go ahead and ask around to see who has an extra bed. The non-downtown rooms are about three miles away, which isn't too bad, either. And camping is the best option of all if the weather cooperates - the campsite in Union Point Park is 30 feet from the starting line, and it's free.

      December 21, 2013

  • Amanda

    Have a fun and safe ride everyone!! I'll be working at REI tomorrow so come in and see me so you can rub in how awesome the ride was ;)

    December 20, 2013

    • Lou

      I believe it's the one right where we " meet up" for this ride. Tomorrow I expect we will be there along with many other people.

      December 20, 2013

    • Amanda

      Lou is correct :)

      December 20, 2013

  • Pat J.

    Brandi that's wonderful....you will be riding with most of the folks you have already met and a cast of....dozens if not hundreds that you will meet during the course of the summer......enjoy.....

    1 · December 20, 2013

  • Natalie

    I am going to do a dirt bike ride and then some volunteer work. Y'all have fun and be safe!

    December 20, 2013

  • Pat J.

    AH this is killing me...hate not riding with you guys.....kids in town for the Holiday thing......hope you have a great and safe ride.....

    December 18, 2013

    • Brandi T.

      Enjoy your kiddos!! :)

      December 18, 2013

  • Brandi T.

    I'd like to do this weather permitting. I imagine I'll fall behind (sadly have dropped to 14-15 mph average) but that's okay... It's been a rough month and I found the Big Woods ride on Sunday to be therapeutic.

    December 16, 2013

    • Daniel M.

      therapy is good... weather permitting go... trust me

      1 · December 18, 2013

  • Pat J.

    Sorry all, kids in town for Christmas so have to pass....

    December 15, 2013

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