Greenville Spinners Packs Mt. Ride

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THE PACKS MOUNTAIN RIDE

A benefit for the Furman Student Guatemala Water Project

Saturday May 03, 2014  10:00 AM

View from the ridge along Packs Mountain

THE CAUSE

This year's Packs Mt. ride will benefit the Guatemalan Water Project sponsored by the Furman Global Sustainability Club.  Many people in Guatemalan are separated by many miles from the fresh water needed to sustain their daily lives. The project uses modern technology to provided potable water to these people right in their own communities.   The Furman Global Sustainability Club and other student organizations have formed a project to aid the Guatemalan people.  Julia Roberts, a Furman student wrote about the project in an op-ed for The Greenville News.
 
We are suggesting each ride participant contribute a minimum of $15.  The entire proceeds of this ride go to this water project.  NONE of the volunteers or directors are financially compensated for their time.
 

Above: Furman students and faculty beginning the construction of the water project in Sanik-Ya and Chitulul last year.

Below:  video of 2013 trip to Guatemalan

THE RIDE

The ride starts on Greenville's Eastside.  It heads north from the BiLo parking lot start/finish toward Lake Robinson.  Furman students and possibly facilty will manage the break at Lake Robinson.   Here you can enjoy the great view across the lake while you refuel for the climbing at Packs Mountain.  We then cut over to Packs Ridge Rd and ride the ridge over Packs Mountain.  On the way home you can stop by a break again at Lake Robinson as needed.   The cumulative climb is 3226 ft.  Compare this to Assault on Mt. Mitchell which is over 11,000 ft. cumulative climb. What a great training event for the following weeks Dave Sutton Memorial Beach Trip!

North view from rest stop at Lake Robinson

We will have a SAG vehicle to support the riders on this route.    We will provide printed route sheets and the route will be marked.  Two rest stops on the route.

Below is the elevation chart for this ride.  You can visit  Map My Ride - Packs Mt. Ride  to get more statistics for this route.  Thanks go to Kraig Scott for setting this up.  

Here is the MS Word file routesheet:  http://webpages.charter.net/audio net/packsmtroute.doc

Who:            Any Interested Cyclist, riders under age 16 must be accompied by an adult

What:           Packs Mountain - Guatemalan Water Project Benefit Ride.  Approx. 42 miles total distance.

When:          Saturday May 3, 2014  10:00 AM

Where:         Start at E. North St at Howell Rd BiLo 

Why:            To enjoy riding while helping a Guatemalan village obtain a fresh water supply    

Questions?  Contact Ken Drescher at kdresch@aol.com

Ride Start Directions:  From Spartanburg, I-85 S. exit 54 Pelham Rd.  Turn right onto Pelham after exiting. Right on Haywood Rd, Bi Lo on the right when you cross E. North St.  In Greenville, see map below.
 
Bi Lo is located at 3715 E North St. Greenville, SC

 3715 E North St, Greenville, SC 29615

Bringing clean water to Guatemala

March 31, 2014 | Vince Moore

Julia Roberts is a Furman sophomore from Boone, N.C.

Furman and the Global Sustainability Club, a student-run organization at the university, have committed to help finance a water project that will transform the quality of living for hundreds of residents of the San Lucas community of Guatemala. Furman has been raising money for the project, which included a Water Walk around the university lake on March 29.  Julia Roberts, a Furman sophomore from Boone, N.C., majoring in political science with a minor in poverty studies, wrote about the project in an op-ed for The Greenville News.

Furman and the Global Sustainability Club, a student-run organization at the university, have committed to help finance a water project that will transform the quality of living for hundreds of residents of the San Lucas community of Guatemala. Furman has been raising money for the project, which included a Water Walk around the university lake on March 29.  Julia Roberts, a Furman sophomore from Boone, N.C., majoring in political science with a minor in poverty studies, wrote about the project in an op-ed for The Greenville News.