Let's go and skate the southern half of the American Tobacco Trail. The trail runs for approximately 4.5 miles from Herndon Park, on Scott King Road, to New Hope Church Road. Any style of skates are welcome.
What: No-drop skate of the southern half of the American Tobacco Trail.
Where: Herndon Park at 511 Scott King Road, Durham; here's a photo of the entrance to the park.
• Here is a map that precisely shows the route we will take.
• There is a hill from the parking lot down to the trail, so if you have trouble braking on a hill please consider walking down to the trail in your socks before putting on your skates.
• Please allow enough time to find the parking lot. Call me on[masked] if you get lost.
When: We'll meet at 5.30am and start skating by 5.45am. If you can't arrive early, please try to gear up as quickly as possible. The sun sets at 7.37pm.
Distance: 9 miles. The trail runs for 4.5 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; here's a helpful video.
• We are happy to help those that wish to improve their skating and braking techniques. 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.
Hydration: Bring a water bottle, or hydration back pack. We recommend 1 liter per hour of exercise. 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 Herndon Park, but they are closed during the winter.
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 4pm.