Grape Eskate 2007

Saturday September 15, 2007

The Grape Eskate is on for Saturday, September 15, 2007.

Approximately 14 miles of skating through the picturesque North Fork of Long Island. We will be visiting a couple of vineyards. There are usually places on the grass to rest and relax while you enjoy the tranquility and atmosphere of the vineyards. Most vineyard do offer free sampling or for a nominal fee.

The dirty details:

Skate Ability: Be comfortable skating 7-8 miles at a clip. We will be sharing the road with local traffic.

Bikers are welcome as always. Please contact LIRR about bringing bikes on the train. They are allowed. I don't know the specific rules. You should be able to get a bike pass at the station prior to the train.

The Train:
From NYC - Meet at Penn Station at 9:00 AM, Take the 9:16 AM Train to Ronkonkoma/Greenport. You will have transfer trains at Ronkonkoma to the Greenport line. The return train will leave Greenport @ 6:14 PM and arrive at Penn Station at 8:58 PM. Fare is 14.50. Remember to bring food & drink. It is a long train ride.

From Flatbush - Train leaves at 9:12 and transfer at Jamaica.

Long Island Expressway to exit 73, CR-58, Old Country Road. Take 58 through Riverhead through the traffic circle. CR-58 will merge with Route 25. Follow Route 25 to Greenport, once in town follow signs to Shelter Island Ferry. Railroad station is next to the Ferry.

Contact: John Williams - 631-523-1364 or

Like all other Empire events, Helmet and Writst Guards are required.

The Empire Skate Club, and the Central Park Skate Patrol strongly recommends that all participants should carry medical and liability insurance, and must wear helmets and wristguards, and strongly recommends wearing all other protective gear (including but not limited to knee pads, elbow pads, and, at night, reflective clothing and blinking lights which are required by NY State law). Please also be advised that there are particular inherent risks of injury involved in city inline skating, including, but not limited to: cars, bicycles, other skaters, pedestrians, potholes, manhole covers, chains, train and trolley tracks, cobblestones, bad pavement, water, oil, debris, gravel, curbs, stairs, hills and inclines. This list of possible risks is not comprehensive, because conditions on the street, including the weather, are constantly changing. The Empire Skate Club, Central Park Skate Patrol, sponsors, organizers, volunteers, cannot accept any liability for the existence of any such risks. Ultimately, each skater is responsible for staying alert to potential risks and obeying all traffic regulations. Skaters are skating at their own risk and are responsible for their actions. Finally, Empire and the Patrol strongly requires that all participants possess and master a set of minimum skate skills before participating in its events: the ability to skate in control, with groups, at night, especially on hills; to stop in traffic; to maneuver curbs; and to avoid obstacles.

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