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Come Skate or Bike North Carolina Sep 9-10 2006

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If you're looking for a great skate vacation with a good cause, consider North Carolina in September. It's a beautiful state and a great time of year to enjoy the country roads that meander along our rolling hills.
Please join the Roadskater.net team and SKATE OR BIKE the 20 mile Taste of the Tour on Saturday and chill the rest of the weekend with skaters and the cyclists who love them, or go for up to 45 miles each day (options for greater distances on Saturday), for 90+ miles of Tar Heel fun.
The event is the glorious Tour to Tanglewood (http://ncc.nmss.org), and it is the 8th time they've welcomed the Roadskaters. Last year we had 30 skaters and 10 cyclists. We're hoping you'll join us so we can break that record this year. We have 30 members so far. See photos at http://roadskater.net and find more info at http://tourtotanglewood.com, part of http://rsn2.com.
Because of inexpensive accommodations and virtually all food and transportation (and free camping or free shuttle to hotel), the Tour to Tanglewood weekend costs less than many other events in more expensive towns where meals are not included. So please don't let the fact that we're registering for $30 and raising $200 stop you. Hotels run $35 and up for Friday and under $69 Saturday (not including tax). We'll even try to floorspace you (or better) if you need it. Our team will help anyone who tries and just can't raise the $200, and we have generous team mates who'll help you try to get to your goals. Last year dozens of team members earned a Tour jersey by sharing donations and bonus points to help each other.
So fly into GSO airport Friday afternoon or evening for easy connections, grab an inexpensive car (I believe Alamo is closest to the terminal, an easy walk), stay less than half a mile from the start at our inexpensive hotels, or camp under the stars Saturday night. Friday night's team meal is optional, but at a moderately-priced restaurant (many options under $15), and almost all food you could possibly need is available until the end of the tour.
For speedsters, you won't get any better prep for the 25th Annual Athens to Atlanta (register at http://a2a.net), which comes three weeks later. The Tour to Tanglewood is the perfect place to get a last long hard skate in if you want to, or to grab a pack at your pace and enjoy the fellowship of kindred souls on wheels.
This year, the tour offers:
  • 1300 cyclists treating you like the skating god you are;
  • Awesome rest stops with gatorade, fruit, homebaked goodies and more;
  • Free breakfast snacks, hot lunch and hot dinner Saturday, plus light breakfast and full lunch Sunday;
  • Free beer and cokes all afternoon Saturday;
  • Inexpensive massage both days (five dollars last year);
  • Course monitored by law enforcement, Gold Wing motorcycle club, HAM radio volunteers, EMT/fire squad, Tour volunteers;
  • SAG wagons ping between rest stops so you can ride to the next stop and continue if you like;
  • No clock, no placement, no pressure, just skating or cycling for a great cause;
  • Nobody cares how many miles you do. Just join us for fun and to raise money for those who help those with multiple sclerosis;
  • Free camping under the stars or free shuttles to local inexpensive hotels (under $69);
  • Friday fun skate on gorgeous rail trail across the lake and along country roads;
  • Blake's birthday. you couldn't give me a better present than joining the tour with the Roadskater.net team.
We hope you'll join us! Skateylove, Blake

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