Checking in from Dallas, GA …
On Monday April 9, my route took me through North Atlanta from Tucker through North Druid Hills to Buckhead. Much of this route winds through very affluent neighborhoods. Had a record day finding change along the road, $1.83. Although we once lived in the Atlanta area and I have visited the city on business on many occasions, I am always amazed at the energy of the city and the truly cosmopolitan nature of metro Atlanta. I am also always glad that I don’t have to deal with Atlanta traffic on a regular basis.
I was joined by Johanna Patelidas on Tuesday for part of my walk from Buckhead toward Vinings and Smyrna, GA. We had met Johanna once before as she is the sister of our close friend Jackie Mabrey. Johanna introduced us to her husband, Bryan Barnes, and her dog, Scout, a beautiful Springer/Boykins mix. During our walk and the breakfast that followed, Brenda and I enjoyed visiting with Johanna who has held some very interesting jobs. Johanna and Bryan are strong supporters of heart health as Bryan’s father died of a heart attack just last year.
Tuesday afternoon, we moved the RV to the home of long-time friends, Mark and Barrye Kirk, who live on the edge of the Kennesaw Mountain Civil War Battlefield. Their beautiful home sits right on the site of General Leonidas Polk’s headquarters during Sherman’s Atlanta campaign. Mark and I started in banking together on the same day too many years ago in an outstanding training program with the old C&S National Bank. While I stayed in banking, Mark moved on after a few years to become a successful real estate developer. Thanks to the Kirk’s and their great dog, Lexie, for a wonderful visit.
Brenda and I also got a chance to visit the very impressive battlefield museum that is managed by the National Park Service. Many artifacts are presented, and the battle is well chronicled. The Battle at Kennesaw involved several major skirmishes from June 10-June 27, 1864. General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union troops were pitted against the Confederate forces under the leadership of General Joseph E. Johnston. Sherman’s army suffered 3,000 losses while Johnston lost 800 men, but a flanking movement by the Northern troops put the Union army closer to the fording areas of the Chattahoochee River. This opened the path to the razing of Atlanta and Sherman’s infamous “March to the Sea.”
On Wednesday, I walked to Dallas, GA with much of the path following the Silver Comet Trail. This wonderfully maintained 61 mile long track follows an old railway path that was in operation from 1897 to 1969 and was part of the route of the famous Silver Comet passenger train. It is great to enjoy some time walking with no traffic other that an occasional over-zealous bicycler.
We got a really nice welcome in Dallas from Georgia Heritage Bank and CEO Genevieve Cole who are allowing us to park our RV. The bank has a message supporting Heart Trek USA flashing continuously on their marquee sign. Thanks to Genevieve and her staff.
For the next couple of days, I’ll continue on the Silver Comet Trail and for a short time on its counterpart, Chief Ladiga Trail, as we pass into Alabama. Projected schedule:
Thursday, April 12 … Dallas to Cedartown, GA
Friday, April 13 … crossing into Alabama on the Chief Ladiga Trail
Saturday, April 14 … through Piedmont, AL to near Hokes Bluff, AL
Keep walking, Friends.