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Old 05-03-18, 12:42 PM
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Photos from Silver Comet/Chief Ladiga Trail

See the other post on Day 1. I had a nice return trip from Jacksonville to Smyrna on Wednesday. Here are a few photos from the 2 day self supported ride

Typical section of the Silver Comet Trail-probably 20 miles in. How about all the tree canopy and wide concrete surface. An interstate for Bikes!!


IMG_0926 by joe price, on Flickr

Every rails to trails needs one of these


IMG_0924 by joe price, on Flickr

Nice veterans tribute in Rockmart--the facility also has restrooms for cyclists


IMG_0933 by joe price, on Flickr

Lots of bridges and stream crossings


IMG_0958 by joe price, on Flickr

The bike with my Blackburn bag and rear rack off the tandem. If needed, the side pockets will unzip and unfold into side panniers. I just stuffed some clothes into the side pockets without completing unfolding them. I also swapped the 35 gravel tires for 28 road tires.


IMG_0955 by joe price, on Flickr


IMG_0960 by joe price, on Flickr

Brushy Mountain Tunnel


IMG_0929 by joe price, on Flickr

Several double digit grade hills between Rockmart and Cedartown but nothing very long


IMG_0943 by joe price, on Flickr

Cedartown Depot which caters to cyclists


IMG_0944 by joe price, on Flickr
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Old 05-03-18, 12:53 PM
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The Ga/Al state line-trail transitions from the Silver Comet Trail to the Chief Ladiga Trail


IMG_0948 by joe price, on Flickr

75 miles into the ride is Piedmont which was my lunch stop. The only grub in town is served in a deli in the back of the grocery store


IMG_0961 by joe price, on Flickr

A very nice welcome center in Piedmont that caters to cyclists as well. I sat outside in the gazebo for lunch with some other riders and the fellas that are custodians of the Welcome Center


IMG_0991 by joe price, on Flickr

IMG_0995 by joe price, on Flickr

IMG_0993 by joe price, on Flickr

Jacksonville Depot


IMG_1001 by joe price, on Flickr

Tornado damage to apartments next to the trail at Jacksonville State University in March


IMG_0998 by joe price, on Flickr

Arrived at the end of the trail!!!


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Other riders I meet in Rockmart on Day 1. Everyone I talked to had the same story. Retired!! Enjoy riding. Don't miss work!! Smiling!!


IMG_0932 by joe price, on Flickr

One of my lunch mates in Piedmont. Like the fried chicken another fella gave him


IMG_E0994 by joe price, on Flickr

I started feeling like this towards the end of the 200 miles in 2 days!!


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Joe, these are great! Thanks for posting.

Can you add them to the Silver Comet Trail Photo thread in the Southeast Forum?

I was on the trail around mile 14 just before sunset on Wednesday. If I had known I would have come out earlier and rode with you!

The sandwich and chips look good. Congratulations on a superb ride.


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I think the Whiskey is wasted on that guy in the last photo...
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Don't remember hearing about the Silver Comet Trail when we lived in Atlanta '79-'86.
No wonder: Wiki led me to info about it's history and construction in the '90s.
Looks very nice. And suitable for riding throughout the year, I would think.
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good reminder what to do with vacation days before I lose them! looks like a well maintained trail!
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What a great place to ride. I hope I can get there one day. Beautiful photos. Thank you for posting.
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Looks like a great ride thanks for sharing the photos. I will be joining the retired cycling community in a few weeks, so an extra helping of appreciation for your comment on the folks you met on the trail
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Love that trail! Thanks for posting the pictures.
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The pic of your lunch gave me a gut ache. You must have a cast iron stomach! Nice picture documentary of the ride.
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The pic of your lunch gave me a gut ache. You must have a cast iron stomach! Nice picture documentary of the ride.
There ain't much at that end of the Silver Comet Trail.

You bring your own, kill your own or take what you can get out there.
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Great photos! What did you do for overnight accommodations?
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The pic of your lunch gave me a gut ache. You must have a cast iron stomach! Nice picture documentary of the ride.
Sandwich, chips, Coke... Cast iron stomach?
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Chips and coke sure fire to set me off. Salt intolerant and the acid in the Coke. Dang, I could go for a Coke right now!!
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The pic of your lunch gave me a gut ache. You must have a cast iron stomach! Nice picture documentary of the ride.
Itís a habit I picked up while riding my bike across the US. I used to eat a limited group of foods while riding. However I learned that I could actually tolerate and enjoy a good lunch and continue to ride. For me, itís about riding at a pleasure pace afterwards as opposed to riding at an intensity. Iíve incorporated that routine into more of my longer rides. In fact when I was riding across the US doing 85 miles a day I couldnít consume too many calories.
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Great photos! What did you do for overnight accommodations?

I stayed in a hotel in Jacksonville. There are a few options but I chose the University Inn where Iíve stayed a few other times. Itís basic, easy to access and the price was good. It is about a mile off the path and on a busy 4 lane highway. However when I left early the next morning I rode on the highway about a mile to breakfast as there werenít any vehicles out that early.
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Chips and coke sure fire to set me off. Salt intolerant and the acid in the Coke. Dang, I could go for a Coke right now!!
Ahh, makes sense. Strangely, I too have a hankering for a Coke right now, in spite of the fact I rarely drink one. Put that thing down!

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Ah, okay, got it. Put that coke down!
Actually I rarely drink one. But for some strange reason I could go for one too right now!


It’s a habit I picked up while riding my bike across the US. I used to eat a limited group of foods while riding. However I learned that I could actually tolerate and enjoy a good lunch and continue to ride. For me, it’s about riding at a pleasure pace afterwards as opposed to riding at an intensity. I’ve incorporated that routine into more of my longer rides. In fact when I was riding across the US doing 85 miles a day I couldn’t consume too many calories.
I rode a tour down the Outer Banks last month. It blew my mind how much I could eat each morning and evening. I usually went easy at lunch. At 85 miles a day, cross country...sheesh, you could have fed a small army!
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