ATT South from Herndon Park

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.

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  • Simon

    Thanks for a fun skate tonight. I just posted the photos.

    April 2, 2014

  • Jan V.

    I will be there, leaving home now.

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Simon

    The weather is fantastic. Looking forward to skating tonight! :-)

    April 2, 2014

  • David

    Unfortunately I have to work later than expected so I won't be able to take advantage of this GREAT WEATHER TODAY!!! :-(

    April 2, 2014

    • Simon

      No problem David.

      April 2, 2014

  • Bryan

    Sorry, but this week has gotten quite difficult. Gonna have to bail.

    April 2, 2014

    • Simon

      No problem Bryan.

      April 2, 2014

  • Jim B.

    Wish I could make it.

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Simon

      My goal is to host a week day evening skate as often as possible. Wednesday is traditionally the day as it falls mid-week, plus it's a good day for me. This location is very central, making it easy for many people to reach after work, plus at only 9 miles it's short enough that we can do it pretty quickly. Bryan and I got back to the car in under 45 minutes last week.

      March 28, 2014

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