I took a trip to Dallas Georgia yesterday to ride a few miles on the Silver Comet. Fifty to be exact I haven’t ridden by bicycle since the end of June and I believe I did too much yesterday. The back of my neck and shoulders are feeling the worst and my legs come in a close second.
It was a beautiful day yesterday with the temps being in the sixties to start off with and the high in the mid 70’s by the end of my ride. I started off with a hoodie but had to take it off about midday. I am so bad out of shape that it took me longer than I had expected but I didn’t have any problems until about mile 40 when I started having leg cramps. I slowed down and started taking mini breaks. I was in no hurry so I just took my time getting back.
The Silver Comet Trail is 61.5 miles long, and starts at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna, Georgia. It ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line, near Cedartown and The Esom Hill Trailhead.
At the Georgia/Alabama state line, the Silver Comet connects to the 33-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail. Plans are underway to extend the Chief Ladiga an additional 7 miles. Both the Silver Comet Trail and Chief Ladiga are fully paved rail-trails built on abandoned railroad lines. The combined Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga trail length is estimated to be 94.5 paved miles from Smyrna, Georgia to Anniston, Alabama. (Copied from the Silver Comet Website.)
Riding on the trail is very pleasant and you can meet a lot of nice people along the way. In fact yesterday I had a chance to give a helping hand. About 14 miles from the trail head in Dallas, I ran across an elderly couple walking their bikes. I stopped to see if they needed help. They told me that he had a flat and his hand pump wouldn’t work Just so happens that I carry two tubes and two CO2 cartridges with me on any trip. He borrowed one of my CO2 cartridges and he was on his way. He did say thanks and offered to pay but I declined payment. I just hope someone is as nice to me as I was to him if I’m ever in his shoes.