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Written DirectionsIn Durham, near Duke School, start out on Erwin Rod heading south until it intersects W. Cornwallis Rd. Take a right on to W Cornwallis Rd and head north west. The road will eventually change names to Mt Hermon Church Road and turn north. Stay on that as it crosses I-85 and changes names to Pleasant Green Rd. After it passes S.t Mary's Rd, it changes names to Schley Rd, and winds north west. Take this to Walnut Grove Church Rd where you want to take a right. Take Walnut Grove Church Rd up to Hurdle Mills and then take a right on Guess Rd and head south. Now just stay on this all the way till it brings you back into Durham. I mapped the route for you guys :) https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=206729380652242341714.0004d8f3ab40ce296c906&msa=0&ll=36.1168,-78.902435&spn=0.389388,0.727158
SceneryThis route covers the back roads of Durham and passes many Churches in the area. The start and end of the route are nice, but once you get into the main parts of it, the scenery becomes beautiful. You'll pass through fields, forests, and small towns, it's a great ride on sunny days.
Drive EnjoymentThere are lots of straight ways along the route and tons of great turns and curves. There is a bit of stop and go traffic at the end of the route once you get back into Durham, but the vast majority of the route is low on traffic and lets you cruise at any speed you wish. In terms of the road quality itself, the road is a little bumpy at one point, but other than that the roads are great.
Tourism OpportunitiesThere are some towns you'll pass through that probably have some food to eat and such, and there are plenty of gas stations along the route. To be honest, I'm too busy enjoying the scenery to pay attention to amenities that mean be near the area.
Motorcycle Road Additional infoI love this route on my sport bike because I can enjoy the straight aways and also love the tight curves thrown in. The low traffic lets you go as slow or as fast as you like, so it's a great route for everyone.
Scenery is nice, nothing fantastic really but just a nice relaxing ride through country roads. It's great how you can start right in Durham near Duke and get out of the city so quickly without having to take the highway.
The best part was probably Guess Rd coming out of Hurden Mills, just before hitting Durham. That 15-20 minute stretch has some nice curves, good scenery, really just a treat.
Note as always that grass can collect on the road due to people cutting their grass. Sometimes it collects in a shaded turn, so it can be a little unsuspecting, so watch out for that. Other than that, very little debris, no particularly tricky turns, a very good ride for an amateur. Very low traffic, except for Guess Rd near Durham.
Very few amenities, but it's such a short ride that's really not a problem. There are several gas stations en route, but not much else. Looked like there was a small picnic spot near the pond in Hurdle Mills if that's your thing. There's also Little River Park just off Guess Rd but I didn't stop at either of those places.
The only change I might make is to take some other than Guess Rd back into the city, because you get so relaxed about 40 minutes in and then all of the sudden the traffic hits and it kinda kills the vibe. It's tricky though cuz you gotta get over the eno. I might try getting off at Russell Rd from Guess Rd, then taking Cole Mill Rd across the eno next time.
Overall, definitely recommend for a nice country ride just outside Durham.
Roads are in great condition and traffic is low. Posted speed limit is typically 45mph, wouldn't suggest doing this any short of 60. The road is windy but the only real turn-hugging is at the turns marked with a 35 or 40mph suggested speed limit - ditto on the minimum 60 here.
Hurdle Mills is a great road so I extended that portion all the way to the 86, then took the first left turn (Hawkins) back into farm land to link back up with Schley.
I recommend this as a great 1.5h ride.
Nice bike Ted. I absolutely schley'd it.
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