ABC’s training ride this month is hosted by the Kirkwood Sunday Ride (facebook page). Instead of our usual start at Manuel’s Tavern, we’ll be meeting at Le Petite Marche in the Kirkwood Neighborhood (map below).
We’ll still ride past multiple incarceration facilities, a landfill, and along the little known McAfee Road. Of the three, only McAfee poses a threat to you – with 6 steep hills packed into a straight-as-an-arrow 3.3 mile stretch. This ride has some great lightly-traveled sections of road, yet never ventures outside of I-285.
Driving directions: East on I-20, exit left on Maynard Terrace, right on Memorial, then left on Howard.
Ride starts at corner of Howard and Hosea Williams.
Riding directions from downtown Decatur: ride south on N. McDonough, right on Oakview, right on Hosea Williams into Kirkwood retail district. Start is across Howard from the BP station.
Transit: Closest MARTA stations are Candler Park and East Lake – transit directions. (Enter the address “1963 Hosea L. Williams Dr., Atlanta GA 30317″ into the destination field).
Ride at 9 am, then plan on staying on for post-ride bike talk and brunch at Le Petite Marche. Order off the menu, or take advantage of the “Cyclist Special” — served by our own volunteers!.
This no-drop ride has an A and B group.
For more information email David Southerland firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-933-4541.
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The boys and I decided to embrace our inner freaks & geeks this weekend on our bikes to catch the Dragon*Con parade (freaks) then riding seven miles along the Stone Mountain and Trolly Line PATH to the Decatur Book Festival (geeks). After a hearty breakfast at Le Petit Marche‘ we met up with Graham, Megan and Patrick and Lisa from the Kirkwood Sunday Ride to roll downtown.
Riding down Peachtree along the Dragon*Con Parade Route- thanks for the photo-bomb Patrick!
All I can say is WOW! As we approached Peachtree St. from Edgewood Ave. I began to get the sense that our 9:30 arrival was probably too late- and that suspicion was confirmed as we turned onto Peachtree to see both sides of the road lined 10 feet deep with people. I had taken Liam to the parade in 2001 and there were probably less than 3000 spectators- my guess today would be upwards of fifty thousand. We rode our bikes along the entire parade route and it was spectacular!
Ethan's Dragon*Con Parade Fist-Bumps with Chainsaw Hand guy- Ouch!
Finally carving out a spot on the corner of Baker St. and Peachtree for the parade’s final turn we had a great view of the entire procession;and what a procession it was! Starting out with Lonnie Anderson as the Grand Marshal (she still looks good!) followed by a 90 minute march of characters from across the world of science fiction and the imagination. As cyclists, it is not often that we get to see people dressed more uniquely than ourselves. My personal favorites were probably the Georgia Ghostbusters or possibly the Ghetto Stormtrooper, while Liam’s was the guy cracking the whip from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Ethan, who had positioned himself up front to get maximum fist-bump exposure from every passing character, said his favorite was the guy with the Chainsaw-Hand. Yes- he got fist bumps from the guy with the Chainsaw-Hand along withabout 300 others!
I have always wondered why there was an asterisk in the Dragon*Con name. After an exhaustive online search bore not the slightest clue. Graham said he thought it was because “Everyone is a star“. ‘Nuff Said.
Decatur Book Festival
Departing the utter chaos of the Dragon*Con parade aftermath we were able to filter through and completely by pass the gridlock as we picked up the Stone Mountain/Trolley Line PATH at Jackson Street. As it meandered out of Candler Park we headed East along College Avenue and into Decatur Square in under 30 minutes from Downtown Atlanta. The book festival was much larger than I thought it would be and we made lunch of Giro’s and lemonade our first order of business.
There was a great selection of local and regional authors- Ethan picked up a copy of the new Skippy John Jones book and as we went to get it signed by the author we were told the line was closed. Bummer. I found a very handsome hardcover of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which I have never seen before. Liam did not find anything that tickled his fancy.
It was a book festival- that pretty much says it all!
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