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Skating the Full Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga Trail Again: 94 Miles of Hot Fun in Georgia and Alabama

 

 

Driving down from North Carolina late at night, I asked eebee to post a note to the APRR (Atlanta Peachtree Road Rollers) list inviting people to join us for a long slow distance skate the next day, or perhaps the day after. We had earlier this year done our favorite 62-miler from Mile 0 near Nickajack Elementary School to mile 31 at Brushy Mountain Tunnel and back.

Locations

Silver Comet Trail Mile 0
United States
33° 50' 30.3144" N, 84° 31' 4.0692" W
Chief Ladiga Western Terminus
United States
33° 44' 15.4536" N, 85° 49' 5.4804" W
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Photos and Maps from 95-Mile Inline Skate on Silver Comet Trail and Chief Ladiga Trail: Smyrna, GA to Anniston, Alabama

I've just finished and uploaded 835 or so photos of our 95-mile excursion from July 4, 2009. The vast majority of the route was railtrail, with some exceptions we noted elsewhere on the site. Perhaps more comments on the photos later. For now, here's the link... http://roadskater.net/photos/silver-comet-chief-ladiga-trail-inline-skat... The 3D thumbnail map lets you see smaller versions of the photos where they were taken on a Google Earth map (requires Google Earth from earth.google.com)...

Location

United States
33° 50' 28.5468" N, 84° 30' 57.9816" W
The Complete Silver Comet Trail and Chief Ladiga Trail on July 4, 2009
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The Chief Ladiga Trail: A 40-Mile Prelude to a Scenic Marathon Sprint

Here are some thoughts and memories of our skate-excursion into Alabama, before they fizzle out.

Let me start by saying I'd normally avoid skating 60+ miles in the deep South with temperatures in the mid-90s. However, the Chief Ladiga ("lah-DYE-gah") Trail in Alabama has some version of a water faucet at least every ten miles, and if you're squeamish about drinking strange water, dumping it onto your head works perfectly well.

Location

Chief Ladiga Eubanks Welcome Center
202 Dailey Street
Piedmont, Alabama
United States
33° 55' 22.1736" N, 85° 36' 27.306" W
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Inline Skating 67 Miles on the Chief Ladiga Trail in Alabama: Photos and Maps

We had a fine day out, eebee and myself, from mighty hot to excitingly electric weather. Lots to tell but who knows if I'll find the time. Meanwhile here are 410 photos that are geolocated on a Google Earth KMZ file.

We got started around midday when it was getting hot indeed. We drove to Piedmont, AL, where there's a Welcome Center. We planned to skate the 40 miles down and back to the Anniston, AL end, eat some sandwiches and have cool drinks at the car, then do the 27 miles or so out and back to the trailhead of the Silver Comet at the state line with GA.

Location

Eubanks Welcome Center Chief Ladiga Trail
202 Dailey Street
Piedmont, Alabama 36272
United States
33° 55' 22.1736" N, 85° 36' 27.306" W
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