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Tour to Tanglewood 2007 Bike Skate Photos

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The 2007 Tour to Tanglewood was my ninth, all on skates, all including both days. The Roadskater.net team was 36 members, 18 on skates, from NC, GA, MI, NJ and NJ (born in USA, Canada, Netherlands and UK). We were missing a few regulars because of the North Shore Inline Marathon in Duluth, MN and for other reasons. I hope you like the 420 photos that made it through editing!

The link for the photos is here:

http://roadskater.net/tour-to-tanglewood-2007-greensboro-nc-bike-skate

The 2007 Tour to Tanglewood Roadskater.net Team Prologue was washed out with a vengeance (it consisted of me and eebee sitting in a car beside newly met Josh) but that was fortunate, indeed. We enjoyed espresso and other treats, then dinner at Lucky 32 in Greensboro, where they are always accommodating to our not-so-rsvp-happy group. Everyone got the first look at jerseys (literally nobody saw the jerseys before Friday except me.) As the night moved on we just hoped the storm was moving too.

The weather had moved through faster than initially predicted, so after some occasional light mist and cloud cover in the early morning, Saturday morning shone brightly on us with mild temperatures...a low of 64 degrees, which grew to 77 in the afternoon. The tour gatekeeper, Dennis, asked me if Roadskater.net would like to go first, and I said sure! That got us out of the way of the start but showed they trusted us to skate safely enough for everyone in the tour to pass by safely (except the ones who didn't pass us at all, ha!). One section of fresh nasty pavement with loose fine gravel caught the skaters and cyclists worrying for equipment and skin, but we made it through. It's a shame this was a last minute road "repair" as it turns out another route would have worked nicely. But this just showed the spanky cyclists we were game for anything!

Sunday was crisp. GSO data shows 55 degrees at 6:00 a.m., dropping to 51 at 9:00 a.m., then rising to 71 in the afternoon. Winds both days were 7-11 mph at GSO. After talking with some key Tour people, we took an alternate route from previous training rides and tours on the way back to avoid the downhill left with a stop sign onto the same fresh nasty gravel pavement from the day before. This was a great alternative. As always, the finish line was fun but everyone was gone way too fast, leaving us to dream of next year with friends from around the country coming to skate and bike for people with multiple sclerosis. Join us next year!

Check our team progress or donate at Roadskater.net's team page at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society site:

http://nationalmssociety.org/goto/roadskater.net

Skateylove, Blake

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