I got to ride part of the silver comet trail yesterday with my relatives and some of their friends. The temp was around 50 degrees so the ride started out a little chilly to me. For the first 10 miles I rode slowly trying to warm up. Or at least that was my excuse.
I saw more bikes and riders than I have ever seen before. There were kids riding with their parents to teams riding inches off each others wheel. There were tandems, recumbents, trikes, bikes with trailers, along with walkers and joggers. It seemed like everyone was courteous and that everyone was just happy to be outside and having a great time.
The hazards of the trail for me were the shadows along the trail, black walnuts laying on the trail, and the tunnels. I don't know if my sunglasses were too dark or exactly what was going on but when I came onto a section of the trail where there was plenty of sunlight and I looked ahead into the shadows I just could not see the trail well enough to see other riders on the trail. This was not a major problem but it was strange having riders just appear out of nowhere on the trail. The black walnuts are dropping from the trees at this time and the trail had a good many leaves on it from the beginnings of fall leaf drop. I was riding along and all of a sudden I noticed that I was in an asteroid field with the walnuts all around. I didn't hit any so I didn't have any problem with them. The black walnuts are hard and round about the size of a tennis ball and I don't know how my 700 23's would have reacted. The tunnels were exciting for me because with my sunglasses I could not look down and see the trail that I was riding on. I had to look at the far end of the tunnel and try to keep my balance and orientation. I met a rider going the opposite direction in a tunnel and it was freaky wondering if I was going to brush against the tunnel wall. I just sort of aimed at the guy and tried to give a couple of feet between us as we passed. I was counting on him being able to see and ride better than me and it worked for both of us.
The portion of the trail that I rode was between Rockmart and Powder Springs. It was my first time on the trail and I had a great ride. This ride is now on my list of fun things to do.