Expedition Type: Bike Hike on Chief Ladiga Rail Trail from Piedmont, AL to GA state line and return, Sat., 10/23/2010 11:00-14:00
Distance: approx. 30 miles Rating: 5/5
Difficulty: Moderate (due to mileage)
Conditions: Could not have ordered more perfect conditions! Beautiful, clear sky. Moderate temps. Light breeze. Trail conditions were great. Hardwoods of the Piedmont Upland were at 50% or greater in their color change. Vivid reds, warm yellows, and a smattering of purples, browns, and greens greeted us around every turn and across wide open fields.
This was a fantastic expedition. Total of twelve people attended. We experienced wonderful weather, gorgeous vistas, and warm companionship. GOD is certainly magnified in HIS creation and the Piedmont Upland area is a vivid example of HIS handiwork. The hardwoods did not disappoint us as we soaked in the grandeur of Autumn. Terrapin Creek and it's tributaries instilled a serene feeling as they slowly inched their way through the Dugger Mountain Wilderness. Dugger Mountain itself stood guard to our south as we departed the Eubanks Welcome Center and headed to Georgia. All along the route we were cocooned in the sounds, smells, and sights of GOD's Autumn works.
Some of our group had never cycled that distance before, so this expedition was a personal challenge for them as well as a treat. But they made it! And I'm betting they're glad they kept cycling.
This expedition gave us all a chance to "get away" as well as an opportunity again to "be still and know GOD". I trust that we all did.