Sept. 28: Dave Connelly and Lee Tobin had a summery ride from Clarksville, VA, to Durham, NC, with temps in the 90s. In the afternoon, a dozen kids and their families gathered with Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association staff and volunteers to pick up trash at a section of the creek along the Greenway. They filled at least two large bags with recyclable plastic and bottle and another two big bags with everything from an old tire to a broken plastic paddle.
Days 37 & 38
Sept. 29 & 30: The River Relay has taken two rest days as we gear up for our first-ever Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit in Durham, NC, where our nonprofit is headquartered. For three days we'll be sharing best practices, collaborations, and other insights with more than 300 greenways advocates and partners. Stay tuned!
Oct. 1: We kicked off the Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit in Durham, NC, with three active options: Botany by Bicycle, exploring native plants along the American Tobacco Trail; a walking tour of activist and Durham native Pauli Murray's neighborhood; and an Ales for Rail Trails 5k. In the evening, greenways guru Chuck Flink offered an engaging overview of greenway history, current status and future challenges.
Oct. 2: We packed in a full day of Southeast Greenways & Trails Summit workshops and presentations, including the unveiling of a report on the economic impact of the Greenway on North Carolina's Triangle region.
Oct. 3: We closed the third day of the conference with mobile workshops in Durham, Cary, and Raleigh on a beautiful early fall day. Read more about Southeast Summit
Oct. 4: The River Relay hit the road again with Durham residents Dave Connelly and Branson Kimball riding 50-some miles, mostly on protected greenway, from Durham through Raleigh to Clayton. There we took a walk along the Neuse River with the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, then repaired to the Deep River Brewing Company for refreshments and watched a nearly full moon rise.
Oct. 5: Dave and Branson rode 70-plus miles, Clayton to Fayetteville, NC. At Clark Park, we partnered with Sustainable Sandhills and Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization for a ride along the Cape Fear River Trail, enjoying the rollercoaster hills and a beautiful evening.
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