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Greensboro Country Park

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First Skating After Carolina Century 102

Nothing earth shattering here. Anybody still skating or training?

I finally made it out to Greensboro Country Park for the first skating after Carolina Century. So that means I've not skated much since Athens to Atlanta, as the weeks between the two events are mostly about getting the CC ready. How would all that non-skating affect me? 

Well, first off, my heart rate when I put the strap on was 130! Now, I've seen in the 120s for an event where I'm in a hurry or have a lot of responsibility, lots of people in town, all that. Most of the time it's under 100 getting started at Country Park. 

I got there without much time before dark, so I set minor goals. I just did a couple of laps (5k), and really was only out to enjoy it. What I noticed was:

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36 Miles at Greensboro Country Park Thanks to Staff Who Kept the Road Clear After Hurricane Irene

This weekend we hoped to do lots of miles roadish and as mentioned yesterday (http://roadskater.net/how-i-wasted-or-enjoyed-morning-danny-macaskill-tr...), we bailed on the training ride and ended up feeling OK about doing alternative activities. But we still needed to skate. So we went for Indian food, then went for a walk in the Dollar Tree, ha, then decided to check the weather.

It was windy with some threats of rain, but the radar was clear so far, so we headed up for Country Park. When we got there, we caught a ride on the tram, which was driven by Geoff, who played dixieland jazz on the CD player for passengers in the tram. We told Geoff we were thinking about inline skating but wanted to check out the road junk first.

Location

The 180 at County Park Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 7' 28.7832" N, 79° 50' 22.0164" W
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28 Miles Inline Skating at Greensboro Country Park Before Storms Zap the City

This weekend we thought we were going to perhaps go to the Mock Orange Bikes hosted Tour to Tanglewood Training Ride. But research on their website where directed to see cue sheets showed it included some perhaps busy roads (especially coming back...Reynolda and Polo), plus some challenges we've done before with downhills into intersections that are possible but not exactly tons of fun, and no route longer than 35 miles, which means no group might be coming in from 50 while we're coming in from 35. So when the rain came through overnight and in the early morning, we decided to pass. Sad to miss our friends, but we felt we should do what we know, and we were not even certain of the exact route they'd use for the far end of the out and back from their shop (did it go out Kiger and back Red Bank or mostly on Red Bank with part on a road we didn't know?). We should research sooner and better next time. 

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Thanks to Jeremy at Greensboro Country Park and the Awesome AgriMetal Blower

I postponed some color madness and jersey decision and indecision for awhile in the hopes of some laps with pals at Country Park. On the way I realized that the party might be somewhat small in number, but that was OK, methought.

Location

Country Park
Near Lawndale Dr and Orman Rd
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 7' 40.7856" N, 79° 50' 10.2372" W
Jeremy at Country Park Brings Out the Big Blower
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Tater Rides Again: Country Park and the Scotland Neck Country Roads Bike Tour

If your weight is keeping you on the couch and off your bike (or skates), I've got the ride for you. Thanks to the wide reach of the Tour to Tanglewood, an annual skating and cycling event that raises money for Multiple Sclerosis, I met a group called "The Taters" a few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon when I was unpacking my bike to ride at Greensboro's Country Park. Roadskater and eebee were out of town and I was determined not to miss a chance to ride on one of the first sunny and very warm days of spring.

Location

Country Roads Bike Tour Scotland Neck, North Carolina
United States
36° 7' 46.56" N, 77° 25' 12.8928" W
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Four Roadskater.net Skaters and Cyclists at the Tuesday Night Skate

Four Roadskater.net Skaters and Cyclists at the Tuesday Night Skate

Location

Nathanael Green Dr & Calvin Wiley Rd Greensboro Country Park
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 7' 50.5596" N, 79° 50' 9.5712" W
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Northinsouth and Daughter on the Inline Bicycle (Bike with Tagalong) at Country Park

Northinsouth and Daughter on the Inline Bicycle (Bike with Tagalong) at Country Park

Location

Greensboro Country Park
Natanael Green Dr. & Calvin Wiley Rd
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
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