Day 3: Fort Payne, AL to Cedartown, GA

60 miles today. It got a bit warmer by the end but still only in the 80s, which is pretty good for the south. In June.

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Little River Falls.

On the road by 6 a.m. after fueling up at Waffle House. Started off immediately with another big climb up Lookout Mountain. 1.2 miles, 451 climbing, 7% grade. Wasn’t as tough as the last two climbs.

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The descent after the climb. Got to 40+ mph again.

Traffic was light and almost nonexistent the rest of the day, other than on the bridge over Weiss Lake. The terrain was mostly gentle rollers and seemed to be more descending than climbing.

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We crossed the Georgia line and the dirt turned red and sandy immediately, and there were lots of pines.

We had a couple miles of “gravel” to get around a busy road. It’s cute what they consider gravel here. I had to restrain myself from immediately putting the hammer down as soon as we left pavement. It seems wrong to go slow on gravel, somehow.

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"Gravel"

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Finally got my dad to do some gravel grinding! Not sure he's a fan.

From Cedartown we’re riding the Silver Comet trail into Atlanta. It goes all the way into Alabama. It’s a nice resource, but I get the impression it hasn’t quite taken off like the Katy Trail just yet.

Everything in Cedartown is out of business. After checking in to the hotel and getting cleaned up we decided to check out the town. There was supposed to be a coffee shop downtown, but when we got there it was boarded up. Pretty much every store front in their downtown area was. I had kind of expected some little shops or cafes, like on the Katy Trail. Looks like the town has hit on hard times.

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Coffee shop that wasn't

We stopped at the depot/welcome center on the Silver Comet trail. They had a bunch of information about Sterling Holloway, who was a character actor and the voice of Winnie the Pooh. Apparently he’s from Cedartown.

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Sterling Holloway in some shit your grandma probably liked.

A guy from Belgium stopped while we were there. He was loaded with a full touring setup, going from Atlanta to Louisiana in 10 days. I wanted to talk to him about cyclocross but he seemed in a hurry.

We biked a couple miles west on the Silver Comet trail just to check it out. On the way back we passed the course for a 5k wheelchair race that’s going to be in town tomorrow. They had the street lined with international flags. None of them were confederate.

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Furthest west we went on the Silver Comet trail.

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Taking a picture of taking a picture of taking a...

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International Cedartown.

Confederate flag count: 1. (So far none on Georgia. They were all in Alabama.)

Check out my 60.8 mi Ride on Strava: http://app.strava.com/activities/335509328