Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Spine of Georgia 2 Ride - August 30

Last year, I organized the first Spine of Georgia day-ride. Jane and Bill joined me, and seemed to really enjoy it. So I have decided to repeat the route, with a few streamlining changes.

We will meet at the Marietta Diner at 7:30 AM, August 30, 2008 for breakfast. Your tank should be able to make it 100 miles from the restaurant. Highlights include Salacoa Road, Highway 2 over Fort Mountain, the lovely roads between Reliance and Tellico Plains, and 68 and 60 all the way back home.

Lunch will be at the TelliCafe in Tellico Plains. The RATPack has eaten here many times, and we have never been dissapointed. Even our heavyset friends from Connecticut enjoy the Cafe.

A Garmin NT 2009 file is available at the RATPack website. Note that there is a glitch in this route. There is a "pigtail" on 136 Connector just south of Ellijay, where Greta takes us about a half mile up and then back down a road. Neither Buster nor I could remove this pigtail. Please remind me to not follow the magenta line religiously at that point.

If you don't mind, post here or somewhere else if you plan to attend. If you would like to meet us at a northern stop, we could arrange for a meet-up in Waleska or Fairmount, but not both.

(The image is a Joe Rocket spine protector, by the way.)

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