April 6, 2009

All girls Easter Ride

By Elisa | 9 Comments »

This Sunday Anna, our friend Jennifer and I are riding the Chief Ladiga trail. It is a Rails to Trails project that runs from Anniston, Al to the Georgia State Line. 33 miles in, 33 miles back. It connects to the Silver Comet Trail, forming the longest paved trail in America (over 100 miles) which leads into Atlanta. I hope to ride the entire 100 mile ride in the fall. The Brocycle guys did it late last year (a rainy gross day, but they persevered)

We are all very excited and very nervous. It will be the first long distance ride for any of us. The weather looks good and we are pumped. Any advice for first time distance riders? The terrain looks pretty easy, although it seems to have a slight ascent on the way in.

It seems we will need some snacks, so I plan to bring Mick’s pretty, pretty pink crate, although it will add some weight. Also planning to rig up a handlebar bag for one of us to carry tubes, pump, tire levers, multi tool. Too bad none of us have racks (well, I do but it is not pannier appropriate…attached to the seat post only).

If any other women want to join us, please comment here. The more the merrier.

oh, Anna and I will be riding this again May 17 (correction from what was previously posted) with Trisha from Let’s Go Ride a Bike. So if you can’t make it this weekend, you have another chance.

Wish us luck! Come and ride along! pray we don’t get too many flats or die of starvation on the trail…

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  1. On April 6th, 2009 GhostRider said:

    My only suggestion besides snacks and repair essentials is chamois cream…LOTS of chamois cream!

  2. On April 7th, 2009 2whls3spds said:

    If it is a true Rails to Trails the gradients will be fairly gentle and easy to handle with a multispeed bike. From what I gather you are both accomplished riders so other than a possible mechanical difficulty you should be good to go. Enjoy the ride!


  3. On April 7th, 2009 Cyclin' Missy said:

    I did a similar ride last fall – 55 miles up the White Pine Trail and back the next day. It sounds like you are well prepared. Be sure to take some cash. The only other advice I have is don’t be afraid to take breaks off the bike. It helps when those legs started getting tired!

  4. On April 7th, 2009 doc said:


  5. On April 7th, 2009 Trisha said:

    Wish I could make it for this one! I might haul my bike up to Anniston this weekend just in case my Sunday opens up. Looking forward to May!

  6. On April 7th, 2009 Matt said:

    Water and a steady pace.

  7. On April 7th, 2009 wle said:

    extra weight isn;t going to matter much with the mostly flat ride

    good luck, then!

    atlanta’s only, what, 62 more miles?


  8. On April 7th, 2009 Beany said:

    Re: Chamois cream aka butt cream…is really just vaseline. Save yourself some money.

    Good luck. I hope you take pictures!

  9. On April 7th, 2009 Dottie said:

    Have fun!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

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