Friday, September 29, 2006

Route 1 is a success!

We completed Route 1 on Sunday, September 16, and it was a great success! We had about six people - well, five after we lost one to another ride, and we had a great time. The entire route was 5.7 miles, which took us 35 min 47 seconds, to make for an average speed of 9.57 mph.

Here's are some images of the group at the start of our ride:















This route goes through Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood, through some quiet neighborhoods, onto the Buckeye Greenway, and then past St. Augustine's College. St. Aug's has what looks like an old burnt-out church on Oakwood between State St. and Tarboro Rd. - we wished we had gotten to take a picture. At Watauga and Oakwood, we took a little break, and I had a chance to take some pics:



Overall, we felt that the route was easy to follow - it was well-marked with signs like this one:

We thought this sign at Boundary and Watauga was funny:

It says: "Cyclists: Stripes do not designate bike lanes".

Unfortunately, we found there was some signage confusion at Brookside and Vale, where a sign was blocked by a large overhanging tree so that we didn't see it until we back-tracked to look for it. We also had some trouble on the Buckeye Trail figuring out the fork that occurs to get back to Crabtree Blvd.

At the end of the ride, we were pretty pooped, so we stopped in Turkish Delights on Glenwood for some tasty treats to boost our energy! I strongly recommend the chocolate milkshake.


We're looking forward to Bike Route No. 2: the North Hills Adventure! more to come...

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