Early Morning ATT No-drop Trail Skate in Durham

  • August 3, 2013 · 8:15 AM
  • American Tobacco Trail (ATT)

Let's go and skate the American Tobacco Trail. The trail runs for 6.5 miles from Southpoint to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park; there's a bunch of road crossings, but all are easily navigated. Any style of skates are welcome.

What: A no-drop skate of the American Tobacco Trail.

WhereDirections to the starting location - Southpoint Crossing Shopping Center.

  • We meet in the parking lot directly in front of the Souper Salad, NOT the detached parking lot directly adjacent to Fayetteville St.
  • Here is a link to a map that very precisely shows where we park our cars, the starting point of the trail, the route, and the ending point of the trail where we typically turn around and head back.
  • Please allow enough time to find the parking lot. Call me on[masked] if you get lost.

When: We'll meet at 8.15am and start skating by 8.30am. If you can't arrive early, please try to gear up as quickly as possible. Yes, this is an early skate! The hope is to get done before it gets too hot to skate!

Distance: 13 miles. The trail runs for 6.5 miles in one direction.

Ability: The trail is built on an old railroad bed that is relatively flat and straight. Any hills are very gradual, although a couple are long enough that you can pick up some speed. Moderate braking skills are required.

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. I recommend a 2 liter Camelbak that carries enough water for 2 hours. There are many more choices at the CamelBak and REI websites. You may wish to use an electrolyte additive too.

Bathrooms: There are bathrooms at the Kroger near to where we start. There are no bathrooms at the half way point, but in an emergency we can detour to the Bojangles midway! Yes, we've done that before!

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 7am.

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  • Simon

    Here are the Doop skates I was talking about. I would love a pair, but that would be rather indulgent!

    http://www.inlinewarehouse.com/...­

    August 4, 2013

  • Jim B.

    The group was a lot of fun to skate with. Early morning was a great idea. Cloud cover kept the temperature at a comfortable level. How did Simon do that? It nice to have two new members ( Vivian & Rene ) and I hope to see them at the next skate.

    2 · August 3, 2013

    • Simon

      I agree Jim... what a great ride we had. Cool weather, and cool company! ;-)

      August 4, 2013

  • Simon

    Thanks to everyone for getting up early and making today's ATT skate so much fun! Everyone did great, and I hope to see you soon. Please check the calendar for further ATT and Neuse River events.

    August 3, 2013

  • Simon

    This morning the weather looks great. Welcome Rene and Vivian! We are going to have a great trail skate today. :)

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    last minute I should be there on time coming from cary

    August 3, 2013

    • Simon

      Glad to hear it Rene. It will be good to meet you.

      August 3, 2013

  • Thomas

    Got back late from a biz trip so will not be able to make it :(

    August 3, 2013

    • Simon

      Sorry you cannot make it today Thomas. Have a great weekend.

      August 3, 2013

  • Simon

    The weather looks perfect. I'll post another update early tomorrow morning. I am looking forward to skating with you all!

    August 2, 2013

  • Jim B.

    See you there.

    1 · July 31, 2013

  • Simon

    Welcome back Kory! :-)

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If gps dont fail me ill be there

    1 · July 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have a mountain bike race aug 11th I may go with a couple of the guys to pre ride the course even though I dont want to, ive done this race before. Im pretty sure ill be skating but cant commit.

      July 28, 2013

    • Simon

      Gotcha. Well, we hope you can join us. Thanks.

      July 28, 2013

  • Simon

    Aimee, It'll be good to see you and Dean! ;)

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Jerry C.

    I am a maybe

    1 · July 17, 2013

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