Checking in from Cedartown, GA …
Even though we are in the very southern part of the Georgia mountains, it has been unseasonably cold this week—low 30’s at night, upper 50’s to low 60’s during the day. The locals say this happens every April and is known as “Blackberry Winter”. Apparently this last cold snap of the season always coincides with the blooming of the wild blackberry plants that border most roads and pathways. As the tale goes, the cold is necessary “to set” the fruit. Based on how cold it has been and how many blackberry plants are in bloom, this should be a premium year for blackberries.
We moved the RV to First National Bank of Polk County in Cedartown for a couple of days. Leron Maloney and his staff had a nice, level space marked out for us and have been so helpful with a care package, water tank fill-up, directions, etc. Thanks, guys, for the hospitality.
My two-part walk on Thursday was a long one, all on the Silver Comet Trail. Total mileage for the day was 26.3 miles from Dallas through Coot’s Lake and Rockmart to the Fish Creek Community. A young special ed teacher, Elizabeth, walked with me for a way. Still on the Trail Friday morning, I walked the steepest and most beautiful part of the route into Cedartown. One hill was so long and steep that I actually passed two bicyclists, Bob and Ray, who were pumping away. Cedartown is a friendly, comfortable town with a park at its center with a stone passenger bridge that spans what the Cherokees considered a holy spring and creek. Unfortunately, Cedartown was also one of the removal camps (aka refugee camps) from which some 16,000 Cherokee were relocated down the Trail of Tears from 1836-1838. On a brighter note, the town will be featured in a soon-to-be-released movie entitled “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” starring Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon.
In the “it is always something” category, my Friday afternoon walk got delayed when something snapped and the power passenger window on the Heart Trek Mobile dropped down to a permanently open position. So it was drive thirty minutes to Rome, GA to sit in the waiting room of the Honda dealership. They did a stop-gap fix until we can get a part ordered somewhere down the road.
Back on the trail, I completed the final 8 miles on the Silver Comet Trail to the Alabama border where the Chief Ladiga Trail picks up. As one of my friends commented, I have been on the road for 44 days and have covered 825 miles and am just leaving the Atlantic Seaboard. Time to turn west. Thanks to old and new friends for a good trip through the Peach State, to the Georgia Bankers Association for arranging banking contacts and to several Georgia bankers for letting us park our RV. Three states down; eight to go.
Our route is changing slightly south of Birmingham to get us to some RV parks every few days. Here is our projected schedule for the next few days:
Saturday, April 13 … on the Chief Ladiga Trail from the GA/AL border to Piedmont, AL
Sunday, April 14 … still on the CLT thru Jacksonville, AL to Anniston, AL
Monday, April 15 … due west on Hwy 4 to Pell City