Finished the ride into Atlanta today. I only did a short portion of the trip but my dad biked 1100 miles, self supported, in just under a month. Pretty cool for someone who only started biking seriously just a few years ago.
We stayed at a B&B in Dallas. It was only a few dollars more than the other lodging options and it was actually clean and comfortable. We got a nice breakfast too, which was a pleasant change after several days of no options and mediocre to downright bad food.
The trail got more crowded as we got closer to Atlanta, naturally. We were maintaining a fairly good pace (compared to the other days) for a bit but had to dial back a bit to be safe around kids, dogs, the elderly, and the clueless.
Once in Atlanta the official Silver Comet Trail ends and there’s a connector trail that goes to the Cumberland Mall. It’s a glorified sidewalk and there’s a lot of busy intersections to be crossed and Atlanta is right up there with Kansas City in terms of completely car centric attitudes and culture, so that last bit wasn’t much fun. It was miles not smiles.
But we finally made it to the bus stop at the end of the trail. The buses all have bike racks, so it was just a 20 minute ride to downtown and our hotel.
Final thoughts: proud and impressed with my dad. He does his own thing and has a ton of fun doing it.
I doubt I’ll start bike touring any time soon. I still dislike camping and biking slow. But I’m glad I got to do that for a few days with my dad. And now that I have the rack & trunk bag, an overnight trip here and there isn’t out of the question.
The biking was pretty, and for the most part traffic was fine. But I definitely wasn’t impressed by any of the small towns in Alabama & Georgia we stayed at. There wasn’t anything to eat, anything to do, and everything was closed. I can see how planning a bike trip with a specific end point and date is a balancing act between an efficient route vs. going to towns that actually have things to see.
Still not a fan of multi-use paths. That is, I support their existence and think there should be more of them, but personally I don’t like using them. They are too limiting, you can’t go fast, and they don’t usually go anywhere I need to go. But there were a ton of people using the trail and if it gets people active then that’s awesome and kudos to the folks who made it happen.
The best thing about getting to Atlanta? Finally had some good food and coffee. And tomorrow I get to see a bunch of old friends.
Confederate flag count: 0. Guess they don’t tolerate that shit in Atlanta.
Check out my 27.2 mi Ride on Strava: http://app.strava.com/activities/336899162