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Old 06-20-17, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by xodondum View Post
it's all good. I accept / take into account any / all advice and criticisms. I wish I could carry less but just don't feel comfortable on this trail since the farther you go, the farther out you will be. I don't know too many stores around / close to this trail so prefer to be over prepared than under. I know I take a hit w/weight and aerodynamics.


Yup, there are all manner of places to pull off the trail and eat, get supplies, etc. Some of those stops get a little further between as you go west, but they are there.

Somewhere there is a great little resource page that has information about where/when stops are along the trail and includes most everything.

Generally I carry enough water and a snack to make it out to Coos Lake store (I think that's the name of it) out past Brushy Mtn Tunnel, resupply there, and head back. The Burger King at the "Publix" end of the trail is mighty handy too.....best fast food EVAR right that moment.
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There are actually few resources between Cedartown and the state line.

Some of the stores I go to are:
  • Florence Rd Trailhead - 0.3 miles north on Florence Rd to the Texaco station
  • Bill Carruth Parkway at the Cobb/Paulding border - 0.3 miles north on Bill Carruth Parkway to Race Track. Access via the side trail at the tunnel on the Cobb/Paulding border.
  • Paulding Chamber of Commerce - follow the connector trail east along Hwy 278 to QT, Zaxbys, etc.
  • Coots Lake - 100 yards south on Coots Lake Rd to Coots Lake Station
  • Vinson Mountain - exit at Vinson Mountain Trailhead onto Vinson Mountain Rd. Go 0.2 miles north to Dunns Quick Stop.
There are several stores in Cedartown including a convenience store 0.5 miles south of the Cedartown Depot but then nothing from Cedartown to the state line. There used to be a store in Easom Hill near the Alabama/Georgia line but the owners were elderly and the store closed. It has left a large gap in rides out that way.

There are surprisingly few stores in Rockmart as well.

Riders might want to ask at http://www.atlbike.org and see if anyone knows of anything that far west.


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Old 06-20-17, 02:32 PM
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Check this out for resources:

Silver Comet Trail & Chief Ladiga Trail Mileage Chart and Distances
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Old 07-06-17, 01:40 PM
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55 mile ride today with about 25 of that on the trail between Hiram/Dallas and the Brushy Mountain Tunnel. North Georgia is like a sauna.

Overnight storms brought down some trees.




Stopped three times to wait out passing thunderstorms, once inside the Brushy Mountain Tunnel.




Cool air from inside the tunnel mixed with warm humid air outside and I watched the whole tunnel fog up to the point where the other end wasn't visible. Tried to capture fog pouring out.





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Old 07-08-17, 06:14 PM
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Group ride shenanigans...








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I was on the trail today starting at Hiram at 9:30. The trail was sloppy with lots of debris. 76 dew point but I managed to do ok. Always like seeing your pics.
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Old 07-10-17, 07:27 AM
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Group ride shenanigans...


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See you got some of our Bama Backroads riders in there. (looks like Paul McC, Tracy W and others)

We had a B'ham group leave early from Weaver Sat morning, rode all the way to Mile 0 in Smynra, and rode back and arrived back in Weaver Sat evening. I've been off the bike due to an accident, so couldn't join them. It's on my list - maybe next summer.
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See you got some of our Bama Backroads riders in there. (looks like Paul McC, Tracy W and others)

We had a B'ham group leave early from Weaver Sat morning, rode all the way to Mile 0 in Smynra, and rode back and arrived back in Weaver Sat evening. I've been off the bike due to an accident, so couldn't join them. It's on my list - maybe next summer.

Yes, they were from Birmingham.

The group I was with did "only" 150 miles and it was fun to ride with them.

I said, "On your wheel" to the woman in the photo, Tracy I think. She replied, "OK baby." Been a long time since anyone called me baby. Was the highlight of my day.

I saw a pretty athletic group heading east earlier. They must have been the two hundred milers.

Bama people seem like good people. If you can, please give my regards and point them to the photos.


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Hello ...

There are also photos and 360 photos on this trail on FB. Search : Silver Comet Trail / Chief Ladiga Trail
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It has been a while since there has been a post in this thread so I thought I would get something off my chest. I love the trail and it is a great asset to the area it serves but the concrete from before Hiram all the way to Alabama would be so much better if they did not finish it with the rough ridges from a brush or whatever. After riding it for so long I realized this really beats you up compared to the smooth asphalt surface that is found in the other direction.

I now ride towards Smyrna for at least a part of my rides now. It is usually more crowded and the intersections are busier but after riding that way at the end of last year and this year, I am getting used to it. I know I shouldn't complain because it is a dream trail to have so near to me but I always think how much nicer it could be if the concrete surface was smoother.
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Old 09-13-17, 07:56 AM
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......but the concrete from before Hiram all the way to Alabama would be so much better if they did not finish it with the rough ridges from a brush or whatever. After riding it for so long I realized this really beats you up compared to the smooth asphalt surface that is found in the other direction.....but I always think how much nicer it could be if the concrete surface was smoother.
I'm on the AL side, so ride from there, and to tell you the truth, I kind of like the concrete sections. The AL side has experienced more root/weather damage. I have been running wider tires than the 21-23's I used to, though. That may make a difference.

And I'm just hazarding a guess here, but maybe they were thinking of rain, and if smooth concrete might get slicker than the brushed surface when wet?
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Coming from Cobb County, the trail for me is a means to get further west for road rides or a way to connect two different local areas when road options don't exist or don't make sense.

With that in mind the trail is much more enjoyable in spite of it's annoyances and I'd encourage anyone to use the trail as a means to access the beautiful roads of Paulding, Polk and Floyd counties.


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39 today. Had the trail all to myself.






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^^^
Tim, I can't see the pics.
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Tim, I can't see the pics.

Are you on a phone or mobile device?

I can't see them either on my iphone but they are visible using my Windows desktop.

Dropbox seemed to have started doing this last night for some reason.
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Are you on a phone or mobile device?

I can't see them either on my iphone but they are visible using my Windows desktop.

Dropbox seemed to have started doing this last night for some reason.
I always log onto Bike Forums on my MacBook Pro.
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I always log onto Bike Forums on my MacBook Pro.
I see them on my laptop - Windows10/Chrome
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Love your photos and videos. I used to ride the Comet but it's been hard to get there lately. Hope to make it again soon.
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Honestly, it's sort of straight, mostly flat, and kinda boring after the first time....however, what it IS, is a quantum leap forward in what could be a very viable transportation network alternative, across our country. What the Comet lacks in excitement, it makes up for in actually ending up somewhere, safely on a bicycle.
Just did the RockMart,GA to Piedmont, AL ride on the Silver Comet - Chief Ladiga trail. Between RockMart and Cedartown are some very steep and challenging mountains to climb. The original Comet trail there is being used by trains and they gave us some challenges going up and over. Be careful coming back down fast as there are many semi-sharp turns. They will get your undivided attention. Not boring at all!

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Not boring at all!

I lived quite close to it for a while and it was the place I went to ride. I never really felt "safe" outside a group ride in Vinings where we were staying at the time. After several dozens of rides out to Coots Lake/Brushy Mtn and back...yeah, it got kinda stale.
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I lived quite close to it for a while and it was the place I went to ride. I never really felt "safe" outside a group ride in Vinings where we were staying at the time. After several dozens of rides out to Coots Lake/Brushy Mtn and back...yeah, it got kinda stale.
Oh OK. You didn't go far enough west. It really gets challenging starting from Rockmart, GA to Alabama. Its an adventure for sure that requires a lot from legs and gears gears gears.
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Oh OK. You didn't go far enough west. It really gets challenging starting from Rockmart, GA to Alabama. Its an adventure for sure that requires a lot from legs and gears gears gears.

The farthest I have been on it was to Cedartown, I haven't gone all the way to the line. I heard tell of a good mom and pop joint to eat out there, but didn't find it....had to settle on a gas station dog dog. Anywho, the biggest thing I can recall after going through Rockmart (at that time) was the ongoing construction to the trail, and seeing the cute little police smart car running the path. I imagine the area you are walking about is still further west, or I was in good enough shape at the time not to notice.
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The trail west of Rockmart is relatively flat compared to the surrounding countryside IMO.

The only exception is the hill near the garbage dump and some short, steep bits where the trail does not follow the original railroad grade.

Mostly it is endless this...

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The farthest I have been on it was to Cedartown, I haven't gone all the way to the line. I heard tell of a good mom and pop joint to eat out there, but didn't find it....had to settle on a gas station dog dog. Anywho, the biggest thing I can recall after going through Rockmart (at that time) was the ongoing construction to the trail, and seeing the cute little police smart car running the path. I imagine the area you are walking about is still further west, or I was in good enough shape at the time not to notice.
I'm in pretty good shape and its a pretty good challenge. Steep. Maybe up to 30 degrees in some areas. Anyway if you get back to the Comet, ride from Rockmart to Cedartown again. When I get back to that area again, I'll take some pictures and post them. The serious climbs for me start about 4 or 5 miles out of Rockmart (maybe around FishCreek) as you are heading towards Cedartown.

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