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Athens to Atlanta A2A Roadskate 2008 to 2009 Detour Elevation Profile, Distance, Route Changes

Here are two graphics I made to compare the 2008 route and the 2009 route for the Athens to Atlanta (A2A) Roadskate, for anyone who is curious. I imagine a very few people will be intensely curious. The first graphic shows the changes in elevation profile and distance for 2008 and the 2009 detour. It takes a little over 5 seconds to switch from 2008 to 2009 and then it should repeat to infinity and beyond.

Location

Detour Start for 2009
United States
33° 56' 58.5564" N, 84° 4' 58.584" W
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Athens to Atlanta Roadskate 2009 A2A Detour Video

Hi. Here's a noisy but perhaps useful video of the detour around the problems on Cruse Road. You definitely don't want to go there! The first turn is a right onto Old Norcross Rd in or just after a Construction Zone on Herrington. At the end of the video, you'll be set to turn right onto Pleasant Hill Rd., opposite where you would have come in from Cruse Rd.

You can try the Roadskaterdotnet youtube channel to see if the files have uploaded (there will be 3)...
http://www.youtube.com/RoadSkaterdotNet

Locations

Herrington Rd at Old Norcross Rd
United States
33° 56' 58.5564" N, 84° 4' 58.584" W
Bob Hanna Cir at Pleasant Hill Rd
United States
33° 55' 28.6572" N, 84° 6' 50.67" W
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Catching a Ride: Taking the Bus From Athens to Atlanta and Back

If you need to get from Atlanta to Athens or vice versa, Southeastern Stages can get you there. They're bookable directly or by way of Greyhound. If you know of more buses between Athens and Atlanta (such as from the Atlanta airport to the Athens bus station, please feel free to add them here.

For those skating Athens to Atlanta, there are buses available on a2a.net and these are your best bet and a good value as I recall. However, if those don't work for you, perhaps these will.

Locations

Athens Bus Station
220 W Broad St
Athens, Georgia 30601
United States
Phone: (706) 549-2255
33° 57' 25.92" N, 83° 22' 43.32" W
Atlanta Bus Station
232 Forsyth Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
United States
Phone: (404) 584-1728
33° 44' 54.7872" N, 84° 23' 46.8492" W
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Elevation-Speed Profiles and Speed-Heart Rate Profiles for Tour to Tanglewood 2009 Bike Ride Inline Skate

Here is more data from the road between Volvo Trucks N.A., Greensboro, NC and Tanglewood Park, Clemmons, NC in the 2009 Tour to Tanglewood for Multiple Sclerosis. When I make elevation profiles, I like to force x and y to 0 because it helps me see how hilly the event is more accurately. You can make almost anything look hilly by setting the y-axis max/min to the elevation max/min. To make it better, I should probably plot all events on a 110-mile scale or some such (considering Carolina Century at 102 is usually the most I'd try in a day), but I don't yet really like how that looks.

Location

Tour to Tanglewood Start/Finish
7900 National Service Road
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 4' 52.7196" N, 79° 58' 5.2032" W
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Country Park Friends, Skate Fascination, Schwinn Logos, Making it Look Easy Without Realizing it

On Sunday I was still feeling good after 35 miles with pals checking out the Carolina Century western loop. But it has been a bit of a struggle of late to get everything done (OK to get half of it done) that I would love to do for Tour to Tanglewood, roadskating and the Carolina Century, plus junk I just have to deal with in real life...like getting a little exercise and a host of other not nearly as fun tasks.

Location

Greensboro Country Park
Nathanael Green Rd. at Calvin Wiley Rd.
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 7' 50.5596" N, 79° 50' 9.5712" W
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Photos and Maps for Bicycle Toy & Hobby Sales High Point NC 2009 Tour to Tanglewood Training Bike Ride & Inline Skate

We had a super time at the Bicycle Toy & Hobby Sales Tour to Tanglewood training ride inline skate. This year there was an improved long route of 43 miles. There was some additional gatorback to do on roads familiar from previous Tours, but after this, the rest of the day was on supersweet asphalt, with some challenging uphills and fun and safe downhills too. When we got back to the shop there was so much food we really didn't need to have lunch (though later on we went to Sir Pizza for small versions of their awesome pies).

Check out the 490 photos here...

Location

Bicycle Toy & Hobby Sales
2000 N Main St
High Point, North Carolina
United States
35° 58' 52.9788" N, 80° 1' 19.0056" W
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Photos of the 37th Annual Carolina Cup Bicycle Races 2009 in Greensboro Country Park Greensboro NC

After an awesome Saturday morning roadskating the improved course for the 43-mile route of the Bicycle Toy & Hobby Tour to Tanglewood Training Ride in High Point, sleeping late Sunday was nice. But we knew the Carolina Cup Bicycle Races were going on at Greensboro Country Park, so we got going and made it up in time for the last three big events. I also had a phone call related to the NC Active Transportation Alliance (http://ncactive.org), so for a while I was on the phone and photographing at the same time. Yowee.

Location

Country Park Lower Lot
Calvin Wiley Dr & Nathanael Green Dr
Greensboro, North Carolina 27455
United States
36° 7' 50.5596" N, 79° 50' 9.5712" W
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Photos and Maps for Carolina Century 2009 Recon 51-Miler Greensboro NC Tour to Tanglewood Training Bike Ride & Inline Skate

Here are photos from the 51-mile recon skate and bike last weekend. We did the 51 route to see how the markings and road surfaces were. We came away feeling some surfaces were slightly worse but some major ones were much better. Overall, I'd say I can live with some patching that was rougher last fall but has had some sealing done, and one of the roads I considered taking out of the route has been made into supersweet asphalt now. It was a fun day out with beautiful skies and great companionship with skatey-mark, northinsouth and timv joining in.

Location

Gospel Baptist Church
5945 N Church St
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 13' 27.3684" N, 79° 47' 30.9984" W
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Photos and Maps for Cycles de Oro Greensboro NC 2009 Tour to Tanglewood Training Bike Ride & Inline Skate

Four of the Roadskater.net team made it out, two on skates, two on bikes, to roll up and down with the penultimate T2T training ride of the year. We thought we might have four more at least, and did some route scouting to pick an alternative that would save some $80+ wheels or a chunk of $5 brake pad material and some time...no biggie on the latter. Unfortunately, early damp roads dissuaded some of our crew, understandably, from the trek to the skride.

Location

Cycles de Oro
1410 Mill St # 100
Greensboro, North Carolina 27408-2105
United States
Phone: (336) 274-5959
36° 5' 21.2928" N, 79° 48' 39.2328" W
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Photos and Maps for Paul's Cycling & Fitness Winston-Salem NC 2009 Tour to Tanglewood Training Bike Ride & Inline Skate

Six of us started out on the steamy morning with hundreds of cyclists and made our way out from the shop on a nice route out of town, especially if you have Police support for the left turn onto Silas Creek Parkway. Coming back is fine without support, as it's basically gently downhill and the only major inroad along the downhill is from the left, at the ramp from I-40. It's a T with nothing coming from the right and there's a shoulder there that provides comfort if needed. Once you get to Buchanan Street, it's an easy level stoplight with no stress.

Location

Paul's Cycling & Fitness
2405 Buchanan Street
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
United States
36° 4' 0.7752" N, 80° 15' 6.0048" W
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Photos and Maps for Tour de Kale 2009 Denton Farm Park NC 60K Charity Bike Ride Inline Skate

Tour de Kale 2009 was hot and hilly and absolutely wonderful countryside joyous torture! The people who volunteer are really great to skaters (and cyclists and runners), and this is one we find money for even when times are tight. We passed up a free T2T training ride to do Tour de Kale, and you know how much we love T2T free skrides.

Location

Tour de Kale at Denton Farm Park
1072 Cranford Rd
Denton, North Carolina
United States
35° 35' 22.7616" N, 80° 4' 10.0344" W
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Photos and Maps for Clemmons Bicycle Clemmons NC 2009 Tour to Tanglewood Training Ride Inline Skate

I managed to get up and out and on the road to Clemmons in good enough time, considering I had lots more going on with jersey discussions with the artist, a board meeting and general membership meeting of the NCActive.org group (NCATA), a possible trip to Georgia on my mind, and more to consider, including the Tour to Tanglewood finish line and Carolina Century volunteer arrangements. So I grabbed the Cafe Bustelo and Oatmeal with dried cranberries and rushed out the door.

Location

Clemmons Bicycle
2703 Lewisville Clemmons Rd
Clemmons, North Carolina
United States
36° 1' 22.7892" N, 80° 22' 55.272" W
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Photos and Maps for Paceline Bicycles Greensboro Tour to Tanglewood Training Ride Inline Skate 2009 Plus Country Park

We had five Roadskater.net skaters and at least one Roadskater.net cyclist at the Greensboro Paceline Bicycles training ride for T2T. It was a nice day out with no rain but plenty of shade for much of the time. All five of us went for the longer, 29-mile, option, wishing for a bit more, even.

Location

Paceline Bicycles Greensboro
2919 Battleground Ave
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 6' 45.3888" N, 79° 50' 2.1804" W
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Get Your Roadskater.net 2009 Inline Skating and Cycling Jersey or Grab a Classic Tangerine or Iris Version Now

UPDATE: SEP 3 2009. Classic TANGERINE sleeveLESS JERSEYS available while SUPERSWEET supplies last. MYSTERY COLOR JERSEY ORDERS CLOSED and the jerseys are in production and on schedule for hopeful delivery by the eve of Tour to Tanglewood. Mystery color will be a BRIGHT COLOR FOUND IN NATURE so we're visible on the road, mixed as below with lighter tones of the same color. I didn't buy EXTRAS so these are even more LIMITED EDITIONS of the ROADSKATER JERSEY. Thanks to all for their color blind faith! Remember there are a very few Tangerine sleeveLESS to grab. More...
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