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Neuse River Greenway Trail Skate

Let's go and skate the Neuse River Greenway Trail. The trail is newly paved, runs for 6 miles, and there are no road crossings, making it ideal for skating. Any style of skates are welcome.

What: A no-drop skate of the Neuse River Greenway Trail. Here are some photos from our first and second event on the trail.

Where: The Neuse River Greenway Trail Head, off Falls of Neuse Road. It is very important that you study the map carefully since the entrance is tricky to find.

  • I have created an annotated photo that should be helpful. The red X marks the turning to the parking lot.
  • Please allow enough time to find the parking lot. Call me on[masked] if you get lost.
  • There was construction in this area the last time I was there, so access might be tricky.
  • You must ignore all the "ROAD CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC" signs! You are not "thru" traffic!

WhenWe'll meet at 1.15pm and start skating by 1.30pm. If you can't arrive early, please try to gear up as quickly as possible.

Distance: 12 miles. The trail runs for 6 miles in one direction.

Ability: Since the trail follows the Neuse River it is mostly flat, but there are some hills and sharp turns, so this trail is for intermediate skaters. Being able to brake is essential; here's a helpful video. And there is some great advice here, which I think everyone can learn from.

Safety First: Everyone is required to wear a helmet, and wrist guards are recommended. Pro-tec brand gear is very good; available online here.

Hydration: Bring a water bottle, or hydration back pack. Water fountains are typically winterized until the summer.

Bathrooms: There are no bathrooms at the trail head parking lot. But there are porta-potty bathrooms at the end of the trail, where we rest before heading back.

Weather: In the event of questionable weather we will make a go/no-go call 90 minutes before the scheduled start so please check the Meetup after noon.

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  • Thomas

    Lost my way- there in 5 mins.

    July 21, 2013

    • Simon

      No problem! :-)

      July 21, 2013

  • Simon

    Thanks to everyone that came out to skate today... it was a great ride, and I look forward to seeing you all soon. The next two posted events are early ones, so I hope you can make it!

    July 21, 2013

  • Lisa

    Another great skate - lovely trail. Thanks Simon, Tom, and Thomas, for all your coaching, help, and patience!

    1 · July 21, 2013

    • Simon

      Good to see you Lisa. See you next time.

      July 21, 2013

  • Simon

    As of now, the weather looks dry. I'll keep an eye on the satelite, but I see nothing that looks even vaguely threatening. Let's skate! :-)

    July 21, 2013

  • Simon

    I am realizing now that it might be rather warm to skate in the afternoon. Does anyone object to this event moving to either:

    * Earlier in the day, say 9.15am, for a 9.30am departure?
    * Later in the day, say 3.15pm, for a 3.30pm departure?

    I think I would favor 9.15am, but I realize that people have other commitments, or a reluctance to rise early on Sunday.

    If we don't move the event it'll likely be rather humid. I'm happy either way, but this will be the last early afternoon skate for a while.

    Thoughts?

    June 26, 2013

    • Lisa

      I can do 9:15. But am also fine with 1:15, as I have acquired the appropriate hydration equipment for skating in the heat!

      1 · July 18, 2013

    • Simon

      Thanks guys. Let's keep the time 1.15pm for this week. I've posted "early" skates on the calendar already! :-)

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    im gonna bail out between running and mountain biking too busy

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    my first ride. I have to get better at breaking.

    1 · June 30, 2013

    • Simon

      We will help you Rene. Do not fear! :-)

      July 6, 2013

    • Simon

      Rene, under the heading "Ability" in the event description I have includes links to some great videos that will be helpful in learning to brake. I recommend that you check them out. Good luck.

      July 6, 2013

  • Tom P.

    Unfortunately it's too late in the day for me and I find that it is a bit too crowded for skating at that time. Enjoy. I will be on the Lower Durham trail early Saturday or Sunday morning if anyone is interested?

    June 20, 2013

    • Simon

      Finding a good time on Sunday is very difficult. It's harder now with the rising temperatures, so please let me know when works best.

      June 20, 2013

    • Simon

      Tom, I just posted a comment regarding the start time. Please check out the comment and post your response! Cheers!

      June 26, 2013

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