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I decided to ride the Chief Ladiga Trail from Start to Finish and back since the trail was complete. It was a nice ride, but a lot of constant pedaling. Very scenic, mountains everywhere. I was able to complete the first 36 miles start to finish without stopping. I took my time riding back and stopped about 6 times, sometimes to take pictures or enjoy the view. Maybe soon I will try to tackle riding all the way to Atlanta from Piedmont viae the Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet Trails. The people that live along these trails really have something to be proud of. I wish we had something like this around here. The trail was very safe and there were not too many streets that I had to cross over. Details from the ride can be found here: MotionBased. Pictures from the ride can be found by clicking here.

Chief Ladiga Trail

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In addition to the Chief Ladiga ride, I rode about 17 miles this afternoon. Basically a cool down, take your time and enjoy the scenary ride. Details from the ride:

Morgan Road Ride

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PATH Newsletter: http://www.pathfoundation.org/index.cfm?event=showNewsletter

SEPTEMBER 2007 PATH NEWS

SEAMLESS AT THE STATE LINE

Cleburne County, Alabama is putting the final touches on the missing four miles of the Chief Ladiga Trail creating a seamless ride from the US 27 Bypass east of Cedartown to Anniston Alabama. This is a 49 mile ride or a 46 mile ride if you start at the Cedartown Depot. Check our website before venturing out to make certain the paving has been completed. At press time, it was almost done.

The Chief Ladiga Trail conveniently visits the downtown commercial districts of Piedmont, Jacksonville and Weaver on its way north of Anniston. The town of Weaver, only a mile or two from the temporary end of the trail, is a great place to have lunch and linger before making the return trip to Georgia. The “Trailside Café” has a decent menu and a friendly staff.

You will cross the state line at mile 61.5 of the Silver Comet. PATH has recently completed the State Line Gateway project (see photo) with the help of Coca- Cola Co. and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The Gateway will likely become a favored rest stop now that the Chief Ladiga is connected to Piedmont.

You can park free at the Cedartown Depot for the trip to Alabama. The Chief Ladiga travels through some extraordinary scenery and quaint country towns. (It is eight feet wide but much less traveled than the Comet, so the width is not a problem.) Much of the ride is in a remote area with few amenities between the towns themselves.

 

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From a poster:

FYI, the Chief Ladiga Trail is now completely paved. It is 32.7 miles to the state line, and a total of 95.0 miles to mile 0.0 on the Silver Comet at Mavell Road. That includes roads for the missing gap between US27 and Grady Road on the east side of Cedartown.

http://www.taylorwatts.org/jim/2007/06/30/chief-ladiga-silver-comet-trail-connection-update/#comment-144

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I decided since I was off this week to get back on the bike and get some miles in. I rode the BBC Botantical Gardens Tuesday Night Ride. I must say, I enjoyed this ride, except for a few high traffic areas and some stop and go due to red lights, but a joyable ride! I plan to also ride the Thursday Night Morgan road ride. I might ride on Saturday or Sunday, I just haven’t made up my mind yet, I have a lot of yard work to do around the house. Details of tonights ride:

Gardens Ride

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First let me start off with one number, 7387. Thats the number of calories I burnt during this ride. As I write this the next morning, I can attest that my body is feeling the burn. I set a goal to complete the ride in 6 hours. My total time on the bike was 5 hours 54 minutes, but I spent way too long at some of the rest stops. During the ride, especially from mile 60 to 85, it felt like the entire course was uphill. There were no descents in site, at least any that I can remember now. Looking back, on paper, the course doesn’t look as hilly as it felt. I don’t know if it was the heat, or the cramping, which also started around the same time. My first 50 miles, I feel like I did well. I was averaging 20 miles per hour and it only took me 2.5 hours to complete the first 50 miles. The next 50 took 5 hours to complete. Way too long at some of the rest stops, but I will mention I stopped for abour 20 minutes one time to help a fellow cyclist with a flat tire, although he had the situation under control. He was riding with his 14 year old, and his 10 year old. Yes, that’s right, a 10 year old. Youngest rider to complete the Hot Hundred Century. Hats off to Mark and Eric from Velocity Pro Cycles, they completed the 102 mile course in 4 hours 20 minutes. That makes me sick! Getting back to the cramps, maybe I will learn my lesson. I did try to eat a lot of food at each stop. I did apply a lesson from the Ride of Love in May and put sun screen on my head, so there are no burn spots today from my helmet vents! Hopefully my legs will recover soon, but I think I’m going to take a break from riding soon, then start preparing for the MS 150 in September in Orange Beach, Alabama. Here are my stats from the Hot Hundred:

Hot Hundred Tuscaloosa Alabama

Hot Hundred in Tuscaloosa Alabama 

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Nothing felt right. It felt like I was riding in sand, my brakes were dragging, and I was pulling a chute all at the same time. For the first time, I felt really low on my bike. I don’t know why I was noticing it so much, but I just felt like I wasn’t in the proper position on the bike. I guess I’ll have to look at that more closely. I also want to look at were my cleats are positioned on my shoes, I still feel they are too far forward on my foot. I guess I was just in the mood to complain. Maybe it was the heat, because it was hot! Details are below.

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Hot. My numbers were not too bad, and I must say I’m impressed with my new water bottle purchase. I bought a Polar 24 oz insulated water bottle, and it worked perfectly. Really, to perfect. I froze the contents the night before, and 1 hour after riding, I figured it would be melted enough to be a cool drink. It was still frozen, solid! Next time, I’m only going to freeze half the bottle, but I do plan to purchase 1 or 2 more of these bottles. My stats below:

Sunday ride

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