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
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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