Checking in from Anniston, AL …
My walks on Saturday April 14 and Sunday the 15th took me the length of the Chief Ladiga Trail (named for the Creek Indian chief who signed the treaty in 1832 that released most of northeast Alabama to the white settlers) from the Georgia/Alabama border to Anniston, AL. This 33 mile rail-trail combines with the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia to provide over 94 miles of great scenery, smooth walking and little traffic. Just me, some wildlife, an occasional runner or walker and lots of bicyclists. Along the way, I encountered two serious cyclists, Wayne and Glenda Hogg (pronounced “hoge”) from Birmingham, who had met Brenda at a rest station and were very interested in my walk and the promotion of heart health through exercise. The Hoggs were very forthcoming with trail advice and general tips to help us along our journey. They both are, like me, in their sixties but are very fit and show that regular exercise keeps you young.
The scenery on the trail was spectacular in both Georgia and Alabama. As you might expect, the views were best where the trail was steepest. Both states are to be congratulated for the wonderful condition of these tracks. I do wish, however, that they would work a little on improving signage and maps of the area.
Sunday was a short-day walk with a little R&R in the afternoon. The highlight (or lowlight) of the morning was an encounter on the trail with a billy goat who had apparently escaped from a nearby farm. He really did not want to share the trail with me. With discretion being the better part of valor, I gave him wide berth.
Monday, it’s back to the roadways heading west towards Birmingham and Tuscaloosa over the next week. I’ll miss the trails but expect to enjoy the special features of the cities, towns and villages that dot my path across the US. Rain is expected in the next couple of days, so the following schedule is as always tentative:
Monday, April 16 … Anniston to Lincoln, AL on Hwy 4
Tuesday, April 17 … thru Pell City, then running south of I-20 on Wolf Creek Road
Wednesday, April 18 … south of Birmingham to Chelsea
Heart Health Hint: Follow the example of the Hoggs—get exercising.