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Old 08-03-12, 04:10 PM
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Butts County/Jackson Ga Saturday morning group rides

Aside from having a state penitentiary, there are some tremendous views and great State Parks as well as local attractions in the area. I am working on forming up a "conversational" pace group rides for folks in the area. I am attempting to raise awareness and get cyclists in the area in touch with one another. It seems that there is a great deal of cycling going on, I see a good number of cyclists riding individually or in groups of two, but not in larger groups. Most of the club rides going on in the area are over 15-20 miles away, higher traffic areas, and I am looking to change that.

If you are interested, please post up, or show up. I am meeting folks at 9am Saturday mornings at the Butts County Administration Building on Hwy 16 at 23/42. Rides will vary between around 20-30 miles at a very comfortable 13-15~MPH average pace. Destinations will include places like High Falls State Park, Indian Springs State Park, Dauset Trails Nature Conservatory, and more.
Traffic is very light on most of the roads, and being far enough in the country that the pace of living (and driving) is much more relaxed. It is very seldom to run across issues with drivers of any kind. The scenery is beautiful, the roads are (mostly) good to excellent, with plenty of available stores to refill water, grab a snack, etc.

Would be great to have you out, or just to hear from folks in the area. I ask that all riders wear appropriate safety gear, helmet required. Please have available anything you may need to repair a flat or make minor adjustments. The ride is not supported and in some cases we will be "well" in the country.

Edit-Just as a side note I discontinued this "ride" due to a lack of interest. I am still more than willing to go with anyone in the area, but you will need to contact me first to set up a time and date.

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Hi; I don't currently live in the area but I am l looking to retire in the Butts/Heenry Co. area next year (Sept. time frame). Are there many riders in Butts Co.?
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There is quite a bit of riding going on, but it seems really difficult to get them together for rides. Much of the group riding goes on either in McDonough (Henry Co) or in Griffin (Spalding Co) so it has turned out to be much easier just to attend those already established rides. It rather surprises me that no one will form up or participate in rides here as the roads are terrific and traffic almost nonexistent in comparison.

I would suggest taking a look at Southern Crescent Cycling or the Southern Bike League sites as they are the "main" groups forming up rides in the area. I commonly ride with (and lead a novice ride group for) SCC at the Epic Bike meeting spot on Mon and Wed from March-October. I am not sure if the SBL has stopped their seasonal rides yet or not as I don't ride with them as often.

As a side note, what would make you desire to purposefully retire HERE of all places?
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I was aware of the rides around McDonough, I think they are organized by the Trek store. For regular rides I like being able to just take the bike out of the garage, hoping on it, and riding as opposed to loading it on the car, driving an hour or more, unloading it and then riding. I'm used to city riding (Pittsburgh) and don't really mind traffic but it is nice to be able to get out on some more open road. As far as your side note goes, I have family (sisters and brother) in the area so that it the motivation to retire here. I really like colder weather (I've ridden in temps as low as -6F) and I have knobby/studded tires for snow/ice.
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