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American Tobacco Trail (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
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Town of Cary to Complete New Sections of American Tobacco Trail by June 2009

Here's a notice from Joe Godfrey, Senior Park Planner, Town of Cary (slightly edited by roadskater, with emphasis added):

I am pleased to inform you that the Town of Cary will be issuing Holmes Contracting, Inc. a Notice To Proceed with the construction of the Chatham County segment of the American Tobacco Trail. We anticipate beginning construction on September 8, 2008 and completing the project in June, 2009.

As you know the project consists of the construction of a 4.68-mile long multi-use trail with two typical sections as follows:

Locations

New Hope Church Road at American Tobacco Trail North Carolina
United States
35° 49' 0.912" N, 78° 55' 40.818" W
Pittard Seard Rd at American Tobacco Trail North Carolina
United States
35° 50' 7.206" N, 78° 55' 41.1564" W
O'Kelly Chapel Road at American Tobacco Trail North Carolina
United States
35° 50' 49.326" N, 78° 55' 32.754" W
Durham-Chatham County Line at American Tobacco Trail
United States
35° 52' 3.8424" N, 78° 55' 56.838" W
Chatham-Wake County Line at American Tobacco Trail
United States
35° 48' 4.1148" N, 78° 55' 35.7492" W
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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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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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