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Click on the Track Back Link to get an update on the connection of the two cycling trails. Once completed, cyclist will have a bike trail paved from anniston to atlanta covering about 101 miles.

http://ridethisbike.com/2007/06/chief-ladiga-silver-comet-trail.html

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http://www.cleburnenews.com/news/2007/cn-local-0614-0-7f14l0113.htm

Joe Medley/CNS
06-14-2007

By Joe Medley/CNS
Barry Nicholls says he can see the future for cycling and outdoors enthusiasts in the area, and he sees families devoting long weekends to scenic rides from Anniston into Georgia and back. The president of the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Club, Nicholls can see riders from all over the country riding into Anniston. He sees entrepreneurs opening restaurants and bed & breakfasts.
His vision grows clearer as the linking of the Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet trails grows nearer, and it’s nearly done.
The second and final four-mile segment linking the two trails is expected to be finished by early August, and anticipation has spiked among spoke folk.
“Of course, the members of the bicycle club can’t wait,” Nicholls said. “From a cyclist’s standpoint, it will be a wonderful thing, to have it connected, and people won’t have to get off the trail and ride on county roads.
“To have that connection to go all the way through, certainly, we’re planning some big rides, once it’s connected.”
Strain Construction has completed work on the east four-mile segment, coming west from the Georgia line. The west segment will finish the link to the end of the Ladiga Trail, giving enthusiasts uninterrupted trail covering 101 miles from Anniston to Atlanta.
“Based on what we’ve been told and the weather that we have right now, which, of course, (has been) dry, we should be done with that second four miles in late July and early August,” said Pete Conroy, director for Jacksonville State University’s Environmental Policy and Information Center (EPIC) and chairman of the Chief Ladiga Rails and Trails Committee. “That means we’re done at that stage.”
Conroy said he envisions a grand-opening-style event involving both states’ governors in October. Adventures can begin sooner.
“We’ve already had reports of Atlanta CNN anchors on the Chief Ladiga Trail,” Conroy said. “They’re already coming over.”
Nicholls said a record 300-plus visitors signed in at the Eubanks Welcome Center in Piedmont during one week in May.
What kind of adventures can be had? Well, just about any kind.
Conroy and his family have established a favorite adventure of their own, starting at the state line. They ride to Cedar Town, GA., eat at a favorite taco stand and ride back.
The Ladiga and Silver Comet sides each offer their finer points.
Starting at Michael Tucker Park in Anniston, recreational cyclists can ride to the Georgia line in three to five hours. Along the way, one sees scenic features such as Terrapin Creek and Dugger Mountain.
“You cross Terrapin Creek five times,” Conroy said. “Each one of these trestles, they’ve all been rebuilt. They are spectacular views.”
Nicholls says he most enjoys the stretch between Piedmont and the Georgia line.
“That part from the center of Piedmont that would be east toward Georgia where it follows Terrapin Creek and goes across the bridge, that’s such a pretty part,” he said. “That may be the prettiest part on the whole trail.”
Greeting riders at the state line is a new archway, which, Conroy sayas, “is gorgeous, absolutely beautiful.”
The Silver Comet side features a large trestle near the state line and a 700-foot tunnel. The rider goes through several small towns.
“Going through the little towns like Cedar Town is really interesting,” Conroy said. “It’s almost an urban sort of landscape. In ways, it’s very different.”
The ride is not considered strenuous. Nicholls said most recreational riders can make 50 miles in a day.
“Because it’s a railroad grade, it’s never more than three or four percent in its inclination, in its grade,” Conroy said. “Long bicycle trips are a possibility for just anybody to get out there and go from Piedmont to Jacksonville or really go from one community to another.”
Soon enough, riders can go from one state to another on continuous trail.
(Cleburne County Highway Department engineer said Monday that, “Most items of work on the east section of the Chief Ladiga Trail should be complete within the next week or so. Work to begin on the west section during the week of June 18 and the total project completed in August or September..)

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I rode about 17 miles yesterday. My knee felt good the first 5 miles, I really rode hard. About 12 miles in, I started experiencing pain again. I figured today it would be really bad, and while it has been a little sore and tender, it hasn’t been too bad. We shall see tomorrow, it’s usually two days after when it really starts hurting. I’m hoping soon I can start putting more and more miles on the new bike and getting more comfortable with it. It’s much lighter than my old bike, but I’m still getting use to the triple with the half click feature. It seems like sometimes I can’t get it into exactly the right gear.

I’m out…

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I stopped by the Bike Shop today to have them relook at the bike set up to see if any changes could be made to help alleviate the knee pain. The lowered my saddle 3 cm and moved my cleat on left shoe over some. After these changes, I rode about 10 miles with no notice of pain. Just to be cautious, I’m going to lay off riding the next few days to help my knee heal. Hopefully, I won’t have to worry with this problem any more! 

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Man, I have seen it all now. A local guy here in Birmingham is counting to one million. Some people have way too much time on their hands. I just checked in (http://www.millioncount.com) and he is around 65,000. He has a long way to go.

In other news, my knee is killing me. I’m taking my bike back tomorrow to have the fitting rechecked to see if any adjustments can be made to help the knee problem out. Hopefully, that will fix the problem and I have not damaged my knee in some way. I have never had knee problems and do not want to start now.

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I rode 20 miles today. About 2 miles into the ride, my left knee started acting up. I’m going to take the bike back and have them check things out to see if there is something in the setup that can be adjusted. I hope so! It was hot on the ride, but very nice scenary.

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I was reading some Neuroblastoma information from CureSearch. We know what a miracle we have with Taylor, but sometimes to just reread that amazes me. Some facts gathered from the website: http://www.curesearch.org/our_research/index_sub.aspx?id=1767

High-risk
Unfortunately, these patients often have disease that is difficult to cure. Patients receive very intensive therapy, including surgery, chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation and biologic agents. Despite this, over half of the patients will suffer a relapse. Relapsed high-risk neuroblastoma is rarely cured.

Twenty years ago, virtually all high-risk neuroblastoma patients died within 6 to12 months. Now about 30% are living, 3 years after completion of therapy. This is progress, but much remains to be done, especially to help patients who relapse.

 

 

 

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Taylor had a blast playing baseball this year. While at week long camp, they had a baseball clinic, and he held his own with some of the older campers! We can’t wait to see how much he progresses next year when he moves up to a bigger league!

Taylor Playing 2nd Base

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We were getting on an airplane to fly to New York City to begin what we felt like would be a treatment that could rid Taylor’s Cancer from his body. You can read the post we left 4 years ago here: http://www.taylorwatts.org/blog2/2007/06/18/looking-back/trackback/

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