Ed’s Corner

SNAKE TAILS

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We have built over 200 miles of trails through Georgia woodlands and wetlands. We have bisected enough snake habitat over the past twenty-five years to encounter our share of creepy crawlers. It wasn’t until we got a call from a lady in South DeKalb County last month that I decided it was time to share…

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A CRAZY IDEA AND A KIDNEY STONE

I am very proud to announce the dedication of a buffered bikeway along John Portman Boulevard that completes the connection between the Atlanta Beltline and Centennial Olympic Park (COP). I’ve aged more than the sixteen years it has taken to get this done. In 2000 when we first introduced the crazy idea of converting travel…

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CHILLAXING

I recently read where Webster’s was adding a handful of new words to their 2016 dictionary to keep pace with the dialogue spoken in the world in which we live. Words like emoji , meme, photobomb, and twerk are ‘new’ words regularly used this year that didn’t exist a few years ago. Webster’s is obviously…

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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

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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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