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Down & Dirty - Biking the Swamp Rabbit Trail




The Basics:
Event Type:Bike
Event Location: Greenville SC   Bike: Down & Dirty - Biking the Swamp Rabbit Trail  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 20 2019  10:00 am >> Sat, Apr 20 2019 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Apr 5 2019 4:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 19 2019 6:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:25 Miles
Pace:Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
John Christopher
Tom Jarosz (Juh'rose)
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.

Itinerary:

Down & Dirty

Biking the Swamp Rabbit Trail

Greenville, SC

Optional Post Event Lunch & Beverage 

Greenville South Carolina’s Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 22 mile long, multiuse trail that runs through the beautiful Reedy Falls Park in downtown Greenville. See the image above for this spectacular downtown waterfall park! We’ll ride approximately 12.5 miles (out & back) of this 22 mile trail for a ride of 25 miles in total. We’ll start in downtown Greenville, circle through Reedy Falls Park, and then make our way about 10-12 miles north, and finally double back toward downtown. This trail is a multiuse trail much like the Silver Comet, Alpharetta Greenway, and Arabia-Panola Mountain trails in Atlanta. Traffic is limited to pedestrians, joggers/runners, cyclists and the occasional …pesky…baby stroller. The grade is fairly shallow (see the Steepclimbs article below) and should be fairly easy riding. We will keep a moderate pace of about 10-12 mph. You should be in reasonable physical shape to complete this ride. A road or hybrid bike is best for this trail.

This is an exploratory ride since the trip leaders have never been on the trail. However, there is plenty of info online about the trail and it should be fairly manageable. Look to the video below for a quick overview of the trail. Then read the more detailed article on the ride characteristics of the trail. According to this article the northern stretch of the trail has only a 2% grade going north. That should be very easy riding. Also, make note that the areas near downtown will be fairly active with people and the descriptions indicate there are a number of street crossings. So we’ll be navigating these sections carefully.

The location of the trail is spectacular. Reedy Falls Park is the main image above and it’s located right in downtown Greenville. According to the video there are a number of funky, quirky neighborhoods we’ll ride though along the way. This is much like the Beltline in downtown Atlanta. After the bike ride, we’ll find a place overlooking Reedy Falls Park for some food and beverages. We’ll head back to Atlanta about 4-5pm….ish.

Swamp Rabbit Trail - Overview Video

Steepclimbs write up of trail

Interactive Map & Trail Website

NOTE: The Swamp Rabbit Trail is very popular and we'll likely be sharing the trail with other riders, walkers, joggers, and baby strollers. You are responsible for your bike maintenance and/or repairs on the trail. Other AOCer's will be willing to provide what help they can. But ultimately individual riders are responsible for any repairs. Make sure you complete a pre-ride maintenance check a day or two prior to the event.

Also, a bike Helmet is required. No helmet, no ride. See the NHTSA site for info on bike helmets - https://www.nhtsa.gov/road- safety/bicyclists.

Reminder:  If you're a Garmin user, please join our 'Atlanta Outdoor Club (AOC) Garmin Users' group to connect with other AOC Garmin users and track your activity.  Join us at: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/group/2255 568 

 


Required Items to Bring:

Bike
Helmet
Spare tire tube
Bike tool(s) (For roadside repairs)
Bike lock and chain (**for off bike activity**)
Water

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Trail snacks


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We'll meet in the parking lot of the Greenville Tax Collections located at:

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):210Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $84.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Notes:

1. Will this event occur rain or shine? No, because of slick road conditions. Look for updates on weather from the trip leader a few days before the event.

2. You're responsible for your own meal and beverage costs, including tips and parking.


* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.


Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.


Registration for this event opens at 4/5/2019 4:00:00 PM