Breakfast with Fay:
Leaving the Ragsdale Inn for the final segment of the Silver Comet Trail:
The end of the Silver Comet, but also the beginning of a connector trail which took us to the hotel where Billie’s car was parked.
Miles = 26. Total miles = 199. In 7 days!
Billie, “How many grandmas do you know who can do something like this?”
We loaded our bikes and gear onto Billie’s pollen-covered car and drove to Greenville South Carolina.
A more challenging day: more miles, too-steep-to-ride hills, a 10 mph headwind, and a frustrating process to get into our room. The day started out great, a very good breakfast at the Ragsdale Inn and perfect weather.
Besides having cameras pointing up and down the trail, the local sheriff’s office has 3 officers who patrol in these tiny vehicles.
There are many trestle crossings.
Brushy Mountain Tunnel:
The trail goes through the middle of Rockmart, another picturesque small town:
Then we had to do some climbing. This was the first hill we had to walk up, followed by at least 5 more. Ugh!
In between the hills, bucolic countryside:
Billie to the heavens above, “If I could have just one wish, please drop down an ice cold cappuccino to me right now.”
Sadly, it took us 2 hours at the front desk to get into a room despite our reservation. The first room hadn’t been cleaned and still had someone’s belongings inside. Skipping to the conclusion: we ended up in suite and it was comped.
Miles = 34
Yesterday I flew to Roanoke Virginia where Billie lives. Today we drove south to Smyrna. Sheetz is one of my favorite places in the south. You order at a computer terminal – super easy – go pay, then pick up your freshly-prepared food. The selection of food and drinks (including fancy coffees) is huge and the prices are low.
Welcome to the freeways around Atlanta. Our exit is 9 miles away and it will only take 30 minutes to get there.
Tomorrow we will begin riding the Silver Comet Trail.