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Silver Comet Ride

I had been thinking of riding the Silver Comet trail for a while, but first I needed to up my mileage. The original plan was to ride with a friend, but he had to back out. Since the trail seems fairly safe and well-traveled, I decided to go it alone.

On April 13, Amber dropped me off at the Anniston, AL trailhead of the Chief Ladiga trail. With all my things in my Camelbak Mule NV, I was ready to ride the longest distances I had ever done.

Here’s what I packed:

  1. Plenty of Power and Clif bars for snack and lunch
  2. Energy gels
  3. 100oz water (with GU Brew electrolyte tablets) reservoir in the hydration pack
  4. 25oz water bottle
  5. Tube patch kit
  6. Tire levers
  7. Mini pump
  8. An extra tube
  9. Bike lock
  10. Garmin Oregon 450 GPS
  11. Chamois Butt’r
  12. Rain jacket
  13. Rain shell pants, which I also wore when I went for dinner etc.

The one thing I forgot was sunscreen. Portions of the Chief Ladiga trail don’t have much tree cover and I did get tanned a lot.

I rode 45.3 miles the first day to Cedartown, GA. I went at a comfortable, slow speed and stopped a bunch of times to enjoy the scenery.

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I stayed the night at the Holiday Inn Express there which is about 1.5 miles from the trail. The hotel let me keep my bicycle in the room which was nice.

The next morning, I had the complementary breakfast at the hotel and headed out. Sitting on the bike seat hurt at first but I got comfortable soon.

The weather started out as cool and nice.

Right out of Cedartown, the trail left the old rail tracks and got hilly for a few miles. I was glad because I am used to rolling hill rides around home.

The Silver Comet had a lot more people, cycling, walking and running, than the Chief Ladiga trail.

Around Dallas, GA, it started raining. I was glad I had my rain jacket and rain cover for my backpack. But I still got completely soaked and had to ride the last 20 miles in the rain.

Finally, I reached the Highland Center Shopping Center on the Connector trail (about a mile long) where Amber was waiting to pick me up.

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I rode a total of 54.4 miles on Sunday, thus totaling 99.7 miles for the weekend.

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Cloudland Canyon

For Amber’s birthday last fall, we went camping in Cloudland Canyon. We camped in the walk-in campground which was nice and secluded, but full due to the season.

Here’s our first day’s hike, around the West rim loop.

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On the second day, we went to see the waterfalls and the overlooks near the park office.

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Here are some photos.

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Len Foote Hike Inn

In October, we usually head to North Georgia to hike, enjoy the nice weather and see some fall colors. This time we booked a room at the Len Foote Hike Inn which can only be reached by hiking 5 miles from the Amicalola Falls State Park.

Here is our hike path from Amicalola Falls to the Inn.

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On our return the next day, we decided to take the Appalachian Approach trail which connects Amicalola Falls to Springer Mountain.

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It was an easy introduction for our trip to LeConte Lodge in the spring.

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Raven Cliff Falls

Raven Cliff Falls are beautiful falls located near Helen, GA.

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Some photos:

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Bear Hair Gap Trail

The Bear hair Gap Trail starts in Vogel State Park and takes you to the Blood Mountain Wilderness.

Do go on the half-mile spur trail for a nice view of the lake.

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Three Forks Loop

This loop trail requires driving on Forest Service Road 42 for a while to get to the trailhead, but the unpaved road is in good condition and the Appalachian trail is always busy.

Basically, the loop consists of sections of the Appalachian and Benton MacKaye trails which crisscross each other a couple of times in this area around Rich Mountain.

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Blood Mountain

A nice loop trail up Blood Mountain is to start on Jarrad Gap trail from Lake Winfield Scott, then go on the Appalachian trail and return to the lake via the Slaughter Creek trail.

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Tallulah Gorge

Tallulah Gorge State Park would be fun to go kayaking. But even from the rim it’s very pretty in the fall.

Here’s the Tallulah Gorge South Rim Trail.

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North Rim Trail:

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Trail to Inspiration Point:

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Brasstown Bald Trail

Brasstown Bald is the highest peak in Georgia. There’s a short 0.5 mile hike from the parking lot to the summit which we have done more times than I can count. It has really nice views in the fall.

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New Neighborhood, New Census

Eight years ago, I wrote about the census statistics for my neighborhood. In that time, I have moved around a bit, though I am back in metro Atlanta now. And there’s a new census out. So let’s look at the 2010 census data for my neighborhood/block.

  • Only 2.7% of housing units in my block are vacant. So I guess we are weathering the real estate downturn okay.
  • 78% of the people are non-Hispanic White.
  • 16% are Asian. Not sure how they are divided between East Asians and South Asians, but my guess is that a majority is South Asian.

At the city level, we finally get a breakdown of the Asian numbers. In our city of Milton with a population of 32,661, there are 3,399 Asians (10.4%), out of which 2,258 (6.9%) are Indians.

Of the 11,659 occupied housing units in Milton, GA, 73.9% are owner-occupied. Renters are not that common here. Also, the average household size for owners is 3.01 while for renters is 2.22.

In Fulton county, of 920,581 people, 5.6% are Asian and 2.4% are Indian. African Americans are 43.5%, non-Hispanic Whites 40.8% and Hispanics 7.9%.

In the whole of Atlanta metro area (population: 5,268,860), the housing vacancy rate is 10.5%. Non-Hispanic Whites are 50.7%, African Americans 31.9%, Hispanics 10.4% and Asians 4.8%.

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