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{Other Trips} Oct-26-2014: Ride the Silver Comet

Join us for a leisurely ride east from the Silver Comet Depot past Mile Marker 0 to the Silver Comet Extension and on to South City Kitchen restaurant in Smyrna. We will arrive at the South City Kitchen in time for brunch after which we will return to the depot. The Silver Comet is a multi-use trail constructed on an old rail bed and is mostly flat. Our riding speed will be in the 8 to 10 mph range (easy). We will meet at the Silver Comet Depot (4342 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton, GA 30126) at 9:45 AM and leave promptly at 10:00 AM. As part of the ride Roberta Cook, founder and coordinator of the River Line Historic Area will give a brief talk about the effort to connect the Comet to the Atlanta Beltline, and show us where the connection will be made to the existing trail. This connection will make it possible to take the Freedom Parkway Trail from Stone Mountain to the Beltline over to the Silver Comet to the Alabama state line, then continue on the Chief Ladiga Trail to Anniston Alabama, among other options. In a larger sense this connection will transform the Silver Comet from a recreational trail to a fully functional transportation asset, a truly exciting possibility for many cyclists. It is a chance to enjoy some for fresh air, excellent food and to connect with people doing their part to make Atlanta a cycling friendly city! To learn more, and to sign the petition to build the connection go to Connect the Comet. . Helmets are mandatory. No helmet, no ride. . This is a leisurely, no drop ride, about 5.8 miles one-way, 11.6 miles round trip. There is one short, nasty hill just past Mile 0, but it is OK if you need to walk up it. The good part is that hill is a downhill on the way back, no need to pedal your breakfast up a hill! . The only downside is we do have to cross two busy intersections, but they do have pedestrian crosswalks that we will use. The rest of the ride is on dedicated multi-use trail... A small tool kit and a spare tube or patch kit is recommended... There are bathrooms and a water fountain at Silver Comet Depot... For anyone who would like to look at the menu at South City Kitchen: http://vinings.southcitykitchen.com/menus/brunch/ Please make sure your bicycle is ready to go and that you can sustain 8 - 10 MPH... The ride will be rescheduled if rain is forecast or the temperatures aren't forecast to be above 40 degrees by 10:00 AM.. If anyone would like to get a little more mileage I will be getting on the Silver Comet at the Carter Road trail head and riding to the Silver Comet Depot at Floyd Road. Please PM me for details if you are interested in this option. CONTACT: Anderson Mycroft - 678-933-2025 awmycroft@yahoo.com

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{Backpacking} Oct-25-2014 to Oct-26-2014: AT: Hightower Gap to Three Forks

DATE: Saturday, October 25, 2014 to Sunday, October 26, 2014. PLACE: Hightower Gap, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. LEVEL: Moderate (8-S-15). DESCR: This one-night backpacking trip is perfect for those less experienced in backpacking. We will hike just under four miles of moderate terrain (1500' gain/loss round trip) from Hightower Gap to a beautiful camping area on the Three Forks creek. Along the way will see the historic Hickory Flats cemetery and have an opportunity to summit Hawk Mountain for those who want the extra challenge. We will be carpooling from Atlanta, though you may also meet us in Dahlonega, where we will be having lunch before we head to the trail. Specific meeting places and times will be given after you sign up. Also, we are happy to help you figure out what gear you will need. Just ask! Registration Required before October 18, 2014 12:00 AM. CONTACTS: Moshe Jacobson - 770-366-2923 jehsom@gmail.com ; Dena Maguire Young dmaguire5@yahoo.com

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Sign Up for a GA Sierra Club Outing!

Chapter-sponsored trips are organized and led each month. There are day trips, backpacking trips, kayaking trips, service trips, camping trips, canoe trips... the list goes on. These are made possible through our outings leaders' efforts and through Club programs like Inner City Outings (ICO) and One Club. So when you have a few days to spare, come join us! For a listing of upcoming activities, see Current Outings. If you have any questions, see our FAQ, the trip ratings page, or contact an outing leader.

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{Dayhikes} Oct-25-2014: Blood Mountain from Lake Winfield Scott

This is a moderate hike and an excellent introduction to the Appalachian Trail. From Lake Winfield Scott, we will take the Jarrard Gap trail at a moderate pace, with rest stops and intersect with the Appalachian Trail, then take the A.T. up to Blood Mtn to the historic CCC shelter where we will have lunch. Blood Mtn has excellent views in multiple directions. We will then return to Lake Winfield Scott via the Slaughter Creek Trail. This Blood Mountain Wilderness hike is a moderate loop plus a steep 0.7 mile climb up Blood Mountain. At 4458 feet, Blood Mountain is the highest peak on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Please register directly with Lee Graham: leegrah3@gmail or ac: 404-202-9065. While this is a moderate hike, people should be exercising regularly and prepared for the 2 hour uphill hike up to Blood Mtn. After lunch, approximately 2 hours hiking back to Lake Winfield Scott. People can carpool from the Georgia 400 Mansell Park/Ride lot. Expected return time to Mansell Park/Ride lot is approximately 5:00pm. Registration Required before October 23, 2014 12:00 PM

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