Ed’s Corner

THANKSGIVING WITHOUT ROXIE

RoxandEd

We lost our black Lab to cancer a few weeks ago. Roxie was absolutely the most incredible, wonderful, sweetheart dog that has ever graced the planet. You may nominate other dogs for this honor but I have no doubt Roxie was number one! If there is a doggie heaven, I’m certain our girl is chewing…

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HOW THE WEST WAS WON

comet

It has been ten years since we launched an effort to close the eleven mile gap in the Silver Comet Trail between Rockmart and Cedartown. We had completed the trail from Smyrna to Rockmart and the nine mile segment from Cedartown to the Alabama state line utilizing the Seaboard Air Line Railroad abandoned corridor. CSX…

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

I recently attended a fabulous Park Pride Conference at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens where I ran into scores of former colleagues who have helped me build trails during the past twenty-four years. After a handshake or a hug, several of them began recalling their favorite story of the struggles we shared while building a path…

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DIVIDED BY HIGHWAYS

A few of my biking buddies contacted me recently regarding the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) plans to widen Georgia 400 north of I-285. The initial design does not include provisions for extending the PATH400 trail we are presently building in Buckhead. It is important that we can convince them otherwise. It was 1991 when…

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“Moderate Difficulty” continued…

Part I of this story concluded with a band of fifteen young cyclists and me, on our way from Castelvecchi to Radda in Chianti for an exciting day of cycling and shopping. If you have never cycled through Tuscany it is one of the most incredible adventures you will ever experience. The forty-mile visibility, the…

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“Moderate Difficulty”

I cycled a lot during the summer of 2011. Every week, I cranked out at least fifty miles on the Silver Comet and added a spin class or two to my usual routine so I would be in peak condition for the up-and-coming trip: a cycling tour of Tuscany. I did not want to be…

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Bearly A Trail (part 2)

A big part of me wanted to stay at the tunnel with people rather than heading toward the raspberries, (and anything eating raspberries) but we pointed our bikes south and pushed away. I remember thinking to myself what the TV interview with those folks would sound like after they found parts of me mixed in…

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Bearly A Trail (part 1)

For twenty years, I have dedicated at least one vacation a year to hauling my bike to a far away trail for a new and exciting trail riding experience. I enjoy reminiscing about past trail riding trips almost as much as taking new ones.   I have vivid memories of each and every trip. It will…

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Finally We Are Studied!

After negotiating the myriad of issues from adjoining neighbors and tediously maneuvering through the govern- ment process, I have the privilege of riding my bike down each new trail and seeing the joy we have created on the faces of the people I meet. Every mile we build is worth the effort. I really do…

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The BeltLine Lifestyle by Ed McBrayer

As the Director of PATH, I have spent a fair amount of time over the past seven years working with the BeltLine team and neighborhood leaders to plan and build the Atlanta BeltLine Trail from Piedmont Park though east Atlanta. This project has been challenging and sometimes even frustrating for everyone involved. We all kept…

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