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Durham NC

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Photos from the Wednesday Night Skate on the American Tobacco Trail August 10 2011

We had a great time with Jay up from Atlanta. With Skatey-Mark leading out then serving as sweep alternately, I think in all we had seven, including GotSkates Tom. I don't think I can call all the names, sadly, so I'd better stop there. But two others I know I have skated the trail with before, and one of the guys besides Mark had done the Carolina Century before as well. It was a fun bunch and I enjoyed not being in charge or on home turf but being a visitor.

We saw lots of cyclists including roadies and kids, and lots of families out using the trail. But it always felt good, never negative, to me. I guess I was in the middle most of the time, sometimes going up to the front and others going all the way back. It was a great time. 

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Location

American Tobacco Trail near Souper Salad
202 West NC Hwy. 54 Ste. 107
Durham, North Carolina
United States
35° 54' 45.702" N, 78° 56' 6.342" W
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Skating American Tobacco Trail, plus Toad the Wet Sprocket and Mark Kano of Athenaeum at Cat's Cradle Aug 10 2011

I'm in Chapel Hill at the Panera. I came down to do something near Cat's Cradle in Carrboro this morning. Then I was (and am) planning to do the American Tobacco Trail Wednesday night social skate, as I hear Jay from Atlanta may be rolling in, and Tom GotSkates is likely there, plus skatey-mark and more. 

On the way into town I saw a bus that looked like a rock band bus...nice, but not announcing who they are...toting a trailer, too. I wondered who it might be, figuring they were on the way to the Cradle. 

Location

Cat's Cradle
300 East Main Street
Carrboro, North Carolina
United States
35° 54' 36.9612" N, 79° 4' 8.094" W

Newby looking for group skate

Been doing Triathlon for about 5 years pretty seriously, loved it, but been there done that now and looking for something new. Picked up some fitness RollerBlades and been out a few times. doing pretty well, actually really enjoying. Looking to meet up with like minded folks for group skates anywhere in the triangle area. Still a Newby but always looking to learn from others.

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Olympic Medalist Shalane Flanagan Was Gone To Carolina In Her Mind

US Olympic distance runner Shalane Flanagan was coming off some sort of stomach bug in the first week of the games, and found herself back mid-pack after the start of her 10,000 meter race. To get through the tough effort of working her way up through the field, she imagined herself back on the trails that she trains on in the NC Triangle Area, including the American Tobacco Trail:

Location

Durham, North Carolina
United States
35° 58' 36.498" N, 78° 54' 24.6348" W
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Triangle NC Transit Draft Plan (Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, RTP Public Transportation)

Here's your chance to see the draft of what is being planned and make your input on the next five years of transportation services in the NC Triangle. I encourage all to take a look. and sign up for email alerts on triangletransit.org if interested.

Location

Triangle Transit
6 Park Drive
RTP, North Carolina 27709
United States
35° 53' 35.394" N, 78° 51' 50.9292" W
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Helmets couldn't be more important (Snowboard Skateboard Skate Bike)

This week I've had the pleasure of meeting a distant in-law family from Italy. They are here to see how Duke Med. Ctr. can help their son Evan. Evan is now 24. When he was 21 he took a nasty snowboard spill, struck his head, had a headache but finished the day on the slopes. Days later the headache persisted but was starting to subside so his father Salvatore took him to the local hospital. After some brief testing he was advised to take it easy, take some pain meds, and come back if it didn't fully subside.

Location

Duke University Medical Center
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, North Carolina 27710
United States
36° 0' 27.6552" N, 78° 56' 15.5688" W
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National Take A Tourist Skating Day!

I’ll be up in the Chapel Hill area visiting family for the Easter weekend. Anybody up there wanna take a tourist skating somewhere? When I’m in that area I skate the athletic trails along Hwy. 54 (near the Friday Center). I’d love to see some of your guys’ favorite territory. Saturday afternoon/evening would work best.
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American Tobacco Trail gets some press from Sunday's News & Observer (Raleigh)

The article can be found at http://www.newsobserver.com/2766/story/1001947.html

It speaks to cyclists on the ATT exclusively, but hey, that's active transportation in NC too, right?

I'm sensing that winter hibernation is pretty much over.

MikeB

Location

Durham, North Carolina
United States
35° 54' 45.3816" N, 78° 56' 4.7616" W
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WUNC Covers Human Powered Transportation, Fear, Safety, Exercise, Health, Biking, Walking and (Silently) Skating

I don't know if anyone heard this live, but WUNC had a piece on about bicycle, pedestrian and other human powered transportation issues (OK they said people powered) today. The piece mentioned the American Tobacco Trail, Durham and Raleigh, and efforts to improve safety, since it seems to be the common thread among those who'd "like to" but don't.... Here's the page...

Location

American Tobacco Trail (Northern Terminus 2008)
West Morehead Avenue at Blackwell Street
Durham, North Carolina
United States
35° 59' 25.7712" N, 78° 54' 22.7376" W
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Skating 104 miles then 125 miles on the American Tobacco Trail, Durham NC

Well it's my last chance to tell a story before we get the news from Montréal about the 24-hour skate race and see how Mark, Brian, Marcia and others did. My story is a much less dramatic one, but kind of fun anyway.

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