Early Morning 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.
  • 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.
  • The address shown on the red "Neuse River Trail" sign gives the address as number "12030", but that is unknown to Google Maps, so just head for 12054 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, and then you will see the turning on the right.
  • Please allow enough time to find the parking lot. Call me on[masked] if you get lost.

WhenWe'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: 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. 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 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 7am.

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  • Jim B.

    Yes, I cleaned and lubricated my knee pads !!!!!

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Thomas

    Great skate - a little wet but skatable.

    1 · August 17, 2013

    • Simon

      Wet enough to require some light cleaning of the wheels, frames, and bearings. Water and bearings don't mix well, so I popped one sheild off each bearing (mine are plastic and easy to remove) and dried them out a little with a hairdryer, before adding some lube.

      August 17, 2013

  • Jim B.

    Hey Simon, thanks for organizing another nice outing. Thomas and I were going to turn around at some point but ended up at the soccer fields. I think that made for a 20 mile skate. Never thought the rain would hold off long enough to allow that. Thanks again, we had a great time!

    1 · August 17, 2013

    • Simon

      You're a machine Jim. Don't change! ;-)

      August 17, 2013

  • Jim B.

    Weather was a factor in the loss of one star but what a great time we had. It would take more than mist and a little light rain to dampen the spirits of this group.

    1 · August 17, 2013

    • Simon

      Nice tumble and recovery Jim. You were demonstrating correct technique, right? ;-)

      August 17, 2013

  • Simon

    Thanks to everyone for coming out early and braving the wet weather! I think in retrospect we did well, and while I have had to remove my wheels and bearings, there was more dirt than water. So I just washed my wheels, and skate frames, wiped down my bearings, and applied a little Tri-Flow lube to each bearing and reassembled. :-)

    August 17, 2013

  • Simon

    Weather Update: It is currently dry here in Cary, and the radar looks clear. BUT, the forecast for Saturday morning is not so good. SO, please check for another update tomorrow morning before you leave the house. Here's what the weather site says: Saturday, August 17 at 7am
    Temperature: 65 °F
    Sky Cover: 100%
    Precipitation Potential: 72%
    Relative Humidity: 97%
    Thunder: <10%
    Rain: Likely (60%-70%)

    I remain optimistic, but I shall post an update by 7am. Thanks.

    August 16, 2013

    • Jim B.

      Hey...might be OK ???

      August 17, 2013

    • Jim B.

      Still dry

      August 17, 2013

  • Thomas

    Just started raining in Chapel Hill :( how does Raleigh look?

    August 17, 2013

  • Simon

    Saturday Weather Update: At 7am it is dry in Cary, and the radar looks patchy. This is one of those days where we might be lucky, or we might not. But I remain optimistic! Here's what the weather site says:

    Saturday, August 17 at 8am
    Temperature: 63 °F
    Sky Cover: 100%
    Precipitation Potential: 62%
    Relative Humidity: 90%
    Thunder: <10%
    Rain: Likely (60%-70%)

    So it's a tough call. I'm heading up to the Neuse River now, and I hope to see you there. If you choose not to join me, please change your RSVP, or call me on[masked] 3783. Here's hoping! :-)

    August 17, 2013

    • Jim B.

      Looks like we may be good until around 10:00 AM the forecast said that it was going to rain by 5:00 PM yesterday and it still hasn't . They could predict snow and have as good a chance of being right!

      August 17, 2013

  • Jim B.

    Simon, how was your trip. We're headed for northern Michigan and will be back on the 29th. Had a chance to skate from Wilmington to Wrigthsville Beach. Ah...a little rough in spots but still fun.

    1 · July 17, 2013

    • Simon

      Hi Jim... Our trip to London was fantastic. 10 days of sun! We took our skates and skated all over the place, which turned out to be lots of fun. It sounds like you have had some skating fun too... excellent! Looking forward to seeing you, and Patty soon. :-)

      July 18, 2013

  • Simon

    Yes, I figured I'd try some early morning skates to beat the heat! I have an afternoon event on the Neuse this Sunday, and I'm already concerned that it'll be too hot! I shall bring a cooler of water to re-hydrate folks!

    July 17, 2013

  • Jim B.

    Wow...perfect !!!!!!

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Jerry C.

    I am a maybe

    1 · July 17, 2013

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