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Amtrak
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Ron from Plano, TX on 06/04/2019 12:05 PM
Has anyone ridden the trail end to end and utilized Amtrak on the return trip?
I did this on the Katy trail last year and it worked great.


Cedartown Grocery Tobacco Mart in Cedartown
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Mark on 05/30/2019 08:50 PM
Thank God, they put a tobacco mart smack in the middle of a 100 mile bicycle route. Good to know. Gonna get me some smokes to help me through the last 50.
Maybe the next town will have a place I can sell a pint of blood mid-tour?


Biking on Saturdays or weekdays from Florence Rd
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sldeal from Powder Springs on 05/27/2019 09:23 AM
I'm new to biking and would love to join a group that goes riding on the trail from Powder Springs (Florence Rd). I'm open for mornings or afternoon rides. I just got my bike so you will have to bear with me, I haven't been on a bike for years so I'm a little wobbly. My ultimate goal is to get enough endurance where I can take the ride to Alabama in September.


Looking to join a group to ride the trail
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MR from Buford GA on 03/29/2019 10:23 PM
I am available the first week of April and I am looking for a group I could join. I live in Buford GA. Will start in Smyrna.

 
RegularJoe from Buford on 03/30/2019 12:53 PM
I will actually be riding the Comet this coming weekend with a sold out group.
However, would be most interested in riding with you at another time.
Love the SCT.
Since we are both in the Buford vicinity we could do a 'hi/how r u' ride perhaps over at Lanier Islands sometime? Or the Swuannee Greenway?
On the Silver Comet .... what is the most miles you'd prefer to do per day? I may not be 'high mileage nuff 4 u :- ) !
Which is to say .... I am good for no more than 30 per day/fyi.

 
Magda from Buford on 03/30/2019 05:32 PM
Thanks for contacting me. I have done the Greenway few times and always enjoy. The SCT few times only and the most I ride was 12.5 miles each way. With my boys it has been difficult to go farther and now-a-days they are teenagers and they do not even want to ride anymore. I have not done lake Lanier as I think you have to pay $20 or $30 just to park and had the impression the trail was not long enough. Let me know if that is correct. I have been there just for the light shows in December. I have also biked in Dekalb Cty many times over the years by Panola Mtn. It is hilly in some parts, but very nice. Last time we ended at the Monastery. I wanted to do the 98 miles to AL, but my husband told me today to work on the taxes and that there will be light rain this comming week. I am willing to meet with you for a bike ride for a day. Maybe my husband wont mind to join us for a day as he told me he has too much work. Let me know when you will be available and which area you would like to ride. I see you are more experienced. I have to consider when my son goes to work as I am his "taxi driver." Thanks for contacting me and hope you are having a great time this weekend. Magda R.

 
RegularJoe on 03/31/2019 02:58 PM
As you may note, Magda, I just posted an inquiry about if this forum has the facility to do "Personal Messaging" ... because I wanted to offer you a little information on Lanier Islands and I can see where someone would view it as "Off Topic" even tho our objective is to gather together a group of folks from this vicinity to ride the SCT ! :- ).
Lanier Island Front Gate will advise you that you ACTUALLY have FREE entrance IF you are on a bike ! Yup, you heard me correctly. So with the above in mind, here is what works well ... park at the public parking area across from the Sailboats BEFORE the Front Gate and just bike on in. The 10 foot wide sidewalks are gaw-RATE if you wish to stay off the roads.
REGARDING THE SCT ... I am tied up this week mostly due to preparation for the previously mentioned SCT sold out group ride .... however, can be in touch going forward. Later in April my wife would be able to ride as well.

 
magda from BUFORD on 04/02/2019 09:59 AM
My last comment did not go through. You can use messenger on FB. Look for magda rivera. I am on top area of a gray building. Let me know when we can ride in Lanier lake area. I have trouble setting the gears in my bike.

 
RegularJoe from Buford on 04/03/2019 01:33 PM
Huh ... wonder how come it did not go thru?
Meanwhile, regarding FB, I know it is a bit 'unusual' for people not to do FaceBook;
however, I am one of those 'unusuals' that does not.
Permit me to follow up with you later in the month ...
it will be then when I know when my wife will be able to ride.
Regarding your gears ...
is it a mechanical problem OR
is it no one has shown you how to change your gears while riding?
If it is mechanical permit me to recommend Stan, Bike Shop Mgr., at REI Mall of GA.
What he fixes stays fixed and for a reasonable price, in my humble view, at that.
The REI phone no. is 770-831-0676.
His assist., Kelly, is also most helpful.

 
MAGDA from Buford on 04/04/2019 12:47 PM
My problem is I would like to go faster and would like to know how to manage my gears better to accomplish that. You surely are more experienced than me. When we meet we can manage that. Also, I can use my son's bike, although I will have to pick it up in ATL.

 
Magda from Buford GA on 05/02/2019 02:46 PM
Hi Regular Joe: Going to try Lake Lanier next week early morning as the temperature is getting warmer and suspect there's no shade on the lake trail. Timing is almost over. Won't be able over the weekend as my son has soccer games. I have just been bicycling in the gym when visiting there. Magda


What is the stated speed limit on The Comet?
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RegularJoe from Buford, GA on 04/15/2019 05:58 PM
I think there is actually a posted speed limit isn't there (I know I don't have to worry about breaking it on my bicyle! :- )?
What brings this question to mind is the recent other Original Post inquiring if E-Bikes were allowed ... The E-Bicyclists with whom I spoke told me that their E-Bikes travel along at 17mph on level paved surface.


E-Bikes
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Bill from Douglasville on 04/15/2019 09:08 AM
I'm unable to pedal a bike for long period of time. Are e-bikes allowed for pedal assistance?

 
RegularJoe from Buford on 04/15/2019 05:53 PM
I do not know IF they are allowed;
however, only wanted to report back to you that 2 weekends ago I saw 3 E-Bikes on The Comet in the Rockmart vicinity.


1st Time User of this Site's "Map" (per Town) Opt.
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RegularJoe from Buford on 04/04/2019 08:05 AM
WebMaster Ray - For whatever reason I have never opted into the feature/function entitled, "Silver Comet/Chief Ladiga Maps."
The manner in which you have engineered the 'each Town' via the drop down menu is really, really helpful. It is fast, plus, rich with detail.
- Many thanks.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 04/05/2019 06:32 AM
Thanks, glad you like it! In fact, I will be making a bunch of improvements to the website within a month or two, so stay tuned for more features and improved maps. For example, you'll be able to see mileage markers on the maps, plot out businesses/services, and more.

Happy trails!

 
Anonymous from Somerville,Al on 04/07/2019 03:54 PM
I also wanted to commend and thank the webmaster for a great job on the mileage chart Very straightforward and easy to use.


Is there a way to do a 'Personal' Email Msg?
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RegularJoe from Buford on 03/31/2019 09:33 AM
Hello all - On this forum do we have a way to do a Personal Email Message?
I apologize if the function is here and I have over looked it.
Reason I am inquiring is because the ability to do a Personal Message could be helpful so that all the Strings/Topics can easily stay ONLY :- )'On Topic.' - Many thx.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 04/01/2019 06:39 AM
Unfortunately there is no way to send private message through the forum. As an open forum, all communication is through simply posting.

I appreciate your concerns about staying on-topic, but we're pretty tolerant of any topics related to cycling. Your other discussion on teh forum is not a problem.

Happy trails!

 
RegularJoe from Buford on 04/01/2019 12:09 PM
Thank you Sir.
Plus ....
THANK you for all you have and are, as well as :- ), anticipate doing to keep this site working so well.


Silver Comet Trail marker program
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Ray (webmaster) on 02/06/2019 07:57 AM
Cobb expands Silver Comet Trail marker program

Cobb County is expanding its Emergency Locator Marker program to the Silver Comet Trail.

Cobb is the first county in Georgia to use the trail markers that are designed to direct rescuers more quickly to 911 calls from a trail.

While the SCT project is underway, the markers are coming to more trails this year.

“We have signs that are going up on all trails that are approximately a quarter-mile apart,” said Cobb County Police Park Ranger Sgt. Dave Ablashi in a county statement.

“There is an eight-digit number; and when you call 911 and give that location, it doesn’t just show up as a place on a trail. It actually shows up like a home address or business address, and it puts it on the responder’s map on a computer,” Ablashi explained.
...

Full article: https://www.ajc.com/news/local/cobb-expands-silver-comet-trail-marker-program/mf87LBGvB7AzNIS9IXGUbI/

Source: AJC


Shuttle
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Joe M from Houston on 09/10/2018 11:47 AM
60 plus couple plan to ride Chief Ladiga Trail a second time at a leisurley rate in one day Looking for shuttle since we don't want to try the 60 miles plus miles. Question was asked in older messages but didn't see any answers. Could not find any recent mention of shuttles.


Future trail extension
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Ray (webmaster) on 09/08/2018 08:08 AM
New CSX lease addresses passenger rail, Silver Comet

"... CSX also agreed to abandon more than two miles of unused rail to be converted into an extension of the Silver Comet Trail in exchange for $10. ..."

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Full article:
https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/new-csx-lease-addresses-passenger-rail-silver-comet/CusA2GMHVV8QpwsP5s30uK/


Looking for someone to ride the trail with me
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Arree Williams from Canton, MS on 06/16/2018 11:27 AM
I'm on vacation from May 25th to July 8th. I'm looking for someone or a group to ride the trail during this timeframe. I would like to start in GA and ride to Anniston. E-mail me if you're interested. Thanks!


Bike rentals now available in Hiram
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Ray (webmaster) on 06/14/2018 07:38 AM
Hiram retailer invests in Paulding bicycle rentals for trail users

"...users of the Silver Comet Trail have a Paulding County outlet for renting bikes and receiving minor repairs for the first time this decade.

Cycology Bike Shop in Hiram recently reopened a long-shuttered building adjacent to the trail’s Hiram trailhead for use as a bike rental and trail snacks outlet..."

Full story: http://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/west_georgia/business/hiram-retailer-invests-in-paulding-bicycle-rentals-for-trail-users/article_b50f4296-6e96-11e8-bf3f-0ba85ab70770.html

(Source: West Georgia Neighbor newspaper online)


Piedmont
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Radmann from Inwood WV on 06/05/2018 04:13 PM
what is the exact distance to between piedmont and cedartown? the mileage chart lists it at about 24 miles but the listed at 38 miles to Cedartown to Piedmont or vice versa when looking at the town link itself. I googled the distance via 278 and it is 25 miles. The trail distances can vary but your link has as I stated above 38 miles and 24 miles. can you correct this. also there appears to be nothing between Piedmont and Cedartown except the Chief Ladiga campground which I assume has potable water and a local Pure gas station/store.

 
Radmann from Inwood WV on 06/05/2018 04:20 PM
I rode the Silver Comet Trail in Oct while visiting my sister in Athens GA-80 miles east of Smyrna. Loved it. looking forward to doing it on the 8th of June. concerned about issues of safety. I ma used to riding long distances and on trails but I am in the mountains so even hot summers are cooler in the mountains. We have had nothing but rain the past few weeks with temps in the 60s and 70's. cool for even here almost 600 miles north. I have ridden the Great Allegheny Passage and C &O Canal towpath form Pittsburgh to D.C in one trip. 335 miles.

 
Anonymous on 06/06/2018 02:08 PM
The mileage chart is correct. I mapped out the whole trail on Ride With GPS. It is 23.9 miles between Main St. in Cedartown and Center St. in Piedmont ...which is where the Solid Rock Cafe is. From what I've read you don't want to miss that. Unfortunately my trip was cut short by bad weather. I didn't get to ride that section. But my thorough research agrees with yours. There is nothing in between. That local Pure gas station/store may be wishful thinking on your part. I was planning to stay at Chief Ladiga campground, but the idea of waiting out a 40° rainy day in a tent deterred me. They don't have electricity or water hook-ups at the sites ...but I'm sure they have potable water at the restrooms/showers.


Rockmart 5k
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Ray (webmaster) on 05/15/2018 10:48 AM
Signups are underway now to take part in a 5K Fun Run and 1 mile walk coming up on June 16 at 9 a.m., starting at the Silver Comet Trailhead in Rockmart. Contact theloseys@gmail.com to learn more and register.

Source: http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/polk_standard_journal/news/local/standard-journal-area-calendar-of-events-from-the-wednesday-may/article_51ec0e08-56cf-11e8-a6bc-a7be148a50a3.html


Connecting Silver Comet With Atlanta Beltline
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Ray (webmaster) on 05/04/2018 09:24 AM
Connect The Comet Sees Progress In Mission To Connect Silver Comet With Atlanta Beltline

"... Cobb County’s government has listed a 3.4-mile Silver Comet Trail extension as part of a list of trail initiatives at CobbTrailPlan.com. The extension would bring the trail inside I-285 and nearly to Moore’s Mill Road in Atlanta.

Full article:
http://cobbcountycourier.com/2018/05/connect-the-comet-sees-progress-in-mission-to-connect-silver-comet-with-atlanta-beltline/

Source: Cobb county Courier


Trail conditions on Alabama side
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RW on 04/05/2018 10:38 PM
I just want to update the trail conditions from the Georgia State Line to Michael Tucker Park, Anniston, AL.

There are many more root problems that will increase in severity with time and inattention. The ones listed below are the more serious and warrant this warning.

There are serious bumps from root growth below the asphalt between the following mile markers in Alabama:

2

4 to 5.5

7.5 to 8.5

10 to 10.5

15 to 19

The roots have pushed the surface up in some places two to three inches, creating a surprise that can catch both cyclist and hikers off guard and result in injury in an isolated area.


Splits in surface from ground movement (large enough to trap a narrow tire):

0.5 to stateline

Sand and mud accumulation (narrow tire hazard):

1


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SwtHomeAla from Jacksonville on 03/22/2018 09:44 PM
There is also a WalMart just up from the Henry Farms mile marker. It's a straight shot from there. Subway and Deli inside for meals. Taco Bell out front.


Hole in Trail around mile marker 38 in Rockmart
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Tom Simcox from Smyrna, GA on 04/03/2017 09:29 AM
There is a water meter embedded in the trail around mile marker 39 in front of Haney Farm and Ranch, Inc. The water meter is recessed in the trail surface resulting in a sharp concrete lip surrounding the meter that is about 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep. Last weekend I hit this thing and got not one but two flat tires as a result of hitting it! I went back a week later and looked at it and took pictures and noted that the top of the hole is worn away and jagged from so many people hitting it. As a result, I am sure I am not the first to hit this hole and perhaps get flat tires. I think this needs a metal plate installed over the top. Does anyone know the best resource to forward this recommendation to, including pictures? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks, Tom

 
Anonymous on 04/14/2017 03:43 PM
I'm sure you've already checked, but maybe the Haney Farm & Ranch or Haney Powersports can point you in the right direction. Rockmart? Polk? Sorry you had to TOFTT.

 
DirtyShoulder on 10/31/2017 01:58 PM
The hole is still there as of 10/27/2017, it's painted orange so it's a little visible but still could take someone out. For the record it's on the right side headed towards Atlanta (East). Thanks for making this post since I was looking out for it after reading this before leaving.

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