Trail Volunteer Day at Tarwheels BikeFest near Hillsborough 8 a.m.
billbus at gte.net
Fri Aug 7 13:13:27 EDT 2009
Hi Volunteers for the American Tobacco Trail,
This very late message is to remind you of our special
American Tobacco Trail workday,* tomorrow, **Saturday, August 8* at 8
a.m. at the Carolina Tarwheels Bike Fest
As with last year, TRTC and Durham Habitat for Humanity are co-hosting
the 1st rest stop at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. Try to arrive
around 8:00 a.m. this Saturday at the church.
5218 Efland Cedar Grove Rd,Cedar Grove, NC 27231-9480
Take I-85/I-40 west to Exit 160 (Efland). At the bottom of the exit ramp
turn RIGHT (on Mt. Willing Rd).
Immediately after crossing the railroad tracks you will take a LEFT.
This will bring you to a stoplight (US 70). You are now on Efland-Cedar
Grove Rd. Follow this road about six (6) miles until you reach Cedar
Grove. Just past the caution light will be the church on the LEFT.
This is about 25 miles from downtown Durham. Please allow ample time to
both enjoy the Orange County scenery, and to arrive at 8 o'clock. We
should be done by 11 a.m. or so.
For those high school students wanting environmental and community
service hours, this volunteering with the Tarwheels DOES qualify!
Actually participants learn a lot about the ATT and cycling in general
during the slack times of this workday. Instructors have long recognized
this and given approval of any hours worked during this and other non
trail specific activities.
Optional things to bring: Broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, cool summer
clothing, comfortable footwear, chopping board, sharpened knife.
Thanks for volunteering! If you have questions, please contact me.
Also let me know your T-shirt size, as volunteers each receive a custom
shirt from the Tarwheels.
Coordinator, Rest Stop #1
Last week, four of us cleaned and cleared our Fayetteville Road Access,
as well as trimmed the ATT south of the Fayetteville Road bridge. Thanks
to all for the busy productive workday.
If you or your group would like to work days or early evenings other
than Saturdays, please let Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net> know.
Please let Frank Bennett <mailto:FJB675 at hotmail.com> 919-851-3992 or
Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net> 919 545-9104
know anytime if you have any questions.
For more information on ATT workdays, please see our Volunteering page
Remember, you *can always *help the ATT and other trails, greenways and
paths in the Triangle - or anywhere on the planet - by *picking up and
hauling out at least one piece of trash*, or picking up and throwing as
far off the trail, at least one stick, limb or fallen tree, on every
visit or use. If everyone who used our greenways, trails or paths picked
up and removed at least one piece of trash, stick or limb, we'd have the
cleanest trails around!
Future workdays are still being planned. Here is the tentative schedule
for upcoming workdays. *Note that these can change if there is an area
on the trail that needs immediate attention.*
*Upcoming American Tobacco Trail Workdays *
*Saturday, August 8* Volunteering by staffing a rest stop for the
Carolina Tarwheels Bike Fest
7:30 a.m. Orange County Visitor Center in Hillsborough. Please let us
know you are coming and your t-shirt size so we can reserve you a t-shirt.
*Saturday, August 15* Durham Workday Scott King Road Access 9 a.m. 610
Scott King Road, Durham, NC 27713
T*his may change!
**Saturday, August 22* Durham Workday Scott King Road Access 9 a.m. 610
Scott King Road, Durham, NC 27713
This may change
*Saturday, August 29* Durham Workday Fayetteville Road Access 9 a.m.
7682 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC 27713
*Construction now in Progress on Chatham ATT Bridges and Trail
Construction of the Chatham County section of the ATT about 2/3
complete! Holmes Contracting has essentially finished work on the first
section of trail between the Chatham/Wake County line to the south, and
New Hope Church Road to the north. Some asphalt has been put down
between New Hope Church Road to the south and the Panther Creek bridge
to the north. The Northeast Creek trestle is now currently under
All of the ATT in Chatham County is now CLOSED because it is a
construction zone. *Please stay out of this area while construction is
going on. If you see construction equipment moving, then turn around.
*Please read and heed all signs and instructions related to construction
in this area.
The Town of Cary has asked us to tell all that the *ATT in Chatham
County should be considered closed until *the entire 4.6 mile section is
opened in early September 2009.
Span Builders, LLC, which is the subcontractor for the Chatham County
bridges, are well underway on* *construction on both the *Panther Creek
and Northeast Creek trestles*. They are accessing this via Pittard Sears
Road. However, as mentioned above, *trail construction is now happening
between O'Kelly Chapel Road to the north and New Hope Church Road in the
south. Please stay off the trail in this area. *
For more information be sure to check out our TRTC/ATT News Link
*Do You Live Near the ATT in Chatham County?
*Do you plan on using the ATT in Chatham County on a regular basis once
it is completed? If so, the trail needs your help to be the "eyes and
ears" for safety and maintenance concerns, as well as to help keep the
trail clean. This should be fun and easy to do. It should be just an
extension of what you normally do on your walk or ride on the trail.
For more details, contact Bill Bussey <mailto:billbus at gte.net> 919
*Here is an easy way to help TRTC support the American Tobacco Trail
*while using your computer. Go to http://www.goodsearch.com/ . At the
"Who do you Goodsearch for?" button in the middle of the page, enter
TRTC, or Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Save it as instructed.
Or Better Yet, make it Your Homepage in your browser!* See your
browser's instructions on how to make this page your homepage.
Instead of using Google or Yahoo as your search engine, use
http://www.goodsearch.com/ . TRTC will get about a penny a search in
most situations. You can read all about it at the website. Check it
out!* It works very well!* It is now my search engine of choice! Please
let me know if you have any questions. comments or concerns.
*Please Remember the ATT in your Gifts
Thank you for your support of the Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy!
Our work continues in 2009 and beyond, and donations
<http://www.triangletrails.org/MEMBERS.HTM> of any amount are gladly
accepted and needed. TRTC will continue to apply for trails-related
grants but funds from memberships and donations remain an important
mechanism for acquiring tools and supplies used in our year-round
efforts to maintain the ATT and other local trails. We need donations
and memberships to pay for our trail workday insurance as well as to
assist in matching grant funding. Thank you for your continued support,
and happy holidays!
You Lookin' for Maps?!
*You can print out our latest ATT map *right now* at
http://www.triangletrails.org/ATT.HTM . Click on both links under the
thumbnail for both sides of the map. Thanks to Wayne Horton for this map
which is arguably one of the most popular trail maps in the triangle.
And let me take this opportunity to *Thank You* for all of your help
and support in building, cleaning and clearing the American Tobacco
Trail in 2008 and 2009. Thanks to your hard work, expertise and
diligent efforts, we are making steady progress.
Thousands of trail
users are *now safely using* the sections of the trail and facilities
you have helped clear, clean and build. We get so many wonderful
comments and thanks on how well the trail looks when folks use these
facilities. These trail users are often *amazed* to find out that these
improvements were done *completely* by volunteers. Thank you for the
great work and for volunteering your valuable time to help with this
project. Know that it wouldn't be possible without the great work of
each and every one of you.
Thanks for your help and support in building the American Tobacco Trail.
Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
americantobaccotrail at embarqmail.com
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