This holiday weekend Poof, Jimmy Neutron and I added the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga trails to our list of rails-to-trails completed.
The hammocking interest begins at 4:29
On this trip we got to play with the new Emberlit Stove, two new gathered end DIY hammocks, and the largest garter snake I've ever seen.
I used a new Hammockgear Phoenix UQ with the Cuben inner which was way to warm for this trip but an excellent product for fit and finish.
Historically Jimmy has used a 'heavy' pannier system on his bike, note his transition to a lighter method.
For potential riders of these two trails, the first 10 miles is very busy-being so close to Atlanta you'll find hundreds of users and all with different goals; from the TRI trainers out for centuries, roller bladers, the 'strollers' and 3 bike campers. After the first 10 miles is quickly thins out and we had few others sharing the path for the next 80 miles.
The Silver Comet is concrete for 66 miles. The Chief Ladiga is asphalt for 33 miles. Both are the longest 'paved' bike path in the USA (one reason why a lot of TRI trainers use it). So far all the rail-to-trails we've ridden over the last several months have been gravel or dirt so it was a big difference for us in trip planning.
The one and only official camp site is Camp Comet at mile marker 45.1 (from Atlanta)-self served, no reservations, no fee, primitive with no amenities (e.g. not even water) but still a nice site that could handle many many hangers. Stealthing is possible all along this trail once 5-6 miles beyond either terminus.