0 Murphy-Harpst Miles of Hope Bike Ride

Cartoon boy on bike logo

Cartoon boy on bike logoMonday, May 29, 2017

Congregational Holiness Church
323 Furnace Street
Cedartown, GA 30125

Looking for a great family or youth group activity on Memorial Day? The 4th annual Miles of Hope ride is a fun way for riders and walkers to give back to Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center. There will be a fun walk or ride along the Polk County portion of the Silver Comet Trail or a 10, 20, 30, or NEW 55 mile road option for long distance cyclists. A celebratory post-ride lunch will be at Congregational Holiness Church.

Registration fee is a donation of your choice with 100% of the proceeds used to provide the therapy that the children at MHCC need to heal and thrive. Your donation of $20+ includes a T-shirt and the knowledge that you are helping some great kids!

**ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT MHCC**

Registration Deadline for guaranteed shirt: May 20, 2017

Please email Julie at julie@cycletherapy.us with your shirt size (adult sizes S-XXXL). If you would like to pre-order additional shirts, please indicate those sizes as well. Pre-ordered shirts will be $10 payable at the ride.

Click here to register online

Event Schedule

8 am – Registration/ Check In at Congregation Holiness Church (323 S. Furnace Street, Cedartown)

8:30 am – Distance Riders roll out

9:30 am  – Trail riders and walker head out

11:30-2:30 – Lunch and Mile Tally

For more information, please email Julie at julie@cycletherapy.us.

0 Up the Creek Without a Pedal 2017

Up the Creek without a pedal logo

Up the Creek Postcard 2017

There’s no place like Rome for the 27th annual Up the Creek Trail and Century Ride on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The ride leaves from The Forum in downtown Rome and heads north to the scenic roads and hills of NW Georgia. For those who want a shorter distance, enjoy a 5-mile family scavenger hunt ride along Rome’s scenic Heritage Trail system (multi-use paved path), sponsored by Harbin Clinic.

Ride distances: 5-mile family trail ride, 32, 53, 71, 81, 104, 109 road options.

Proceeds benefit TRED (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) efforts to build and maintain trails in Rome and Floyd County.

Click here to register online

Up the Creek Signature Perks

  • LCCL Farms homemade strawberry ice cream
  • Homemade SAG treats and friendly volunteers
  • Beautiful rolling hills where cars are scarce
  • Meal coupons for downtown Rome restaurants
  • Dry-fit shirts

 


Up the Creek Schedule

Friday, April 28, 2017

  • 2-6 pm – Registration at Cycle Therapy Bike Shop, 27 Central Plaza, Rome

Saturday, April 29, 2017

  • 6:30 am – Ride Day Registration at The Forum, 301 Tribune Street, Rome
  • 8 am – Rides depart, 32, 53, 71, 81, 104, 109 (fully SAG’ed rides)
  • 9 am – Harbin Clinic family trail ride departs (supported ride)

 


Route Maps

31 Mile Route
53 Mile Route
71 Mile Route
81 Mile Route
104 Mile Route
109 Mile Route


Parking Information

Download a map of Downtown Rome

0 Hikers, bikers and family dedicate new GE Trails at Garrard Park

Ribbon cutting for the new GE Trails

Light rain Saturday didn’t stop a large crowd from taking part in the dedication of the new GE Trails at Garrard Park. Well over a hundred hiking and biking enthusiasts along with descendants of Dr. John L. Garrard huddled under tents near the trailhead, at the east end of the old General Electric parking lot, to dedicate the recreation area (map).

The 123 acres are named for the doctor who originally owned the land and sold it to General Electric in July 1952 for $118,350. His youngest son, Bobby Garrard, who still lives in Rome, snipped the ribbon to officially open the recreational complex.

Dr. Garrard took one of the fields on the property and turned it into an airstrip, Rome’s first airport. Robert E. Stroop, who was certified for flight in 1921 by Orville Wright, delivered the plane to Rome and fell in love with one of Garrard’s daughters and they later married. Many of the Garrard and Stroop descendants were on hand Saturday for the dedication.

When the plant closed in 1997, discussions started almost immediately about donating the wooded acreage to the city.

“This feels like a lifetime project for us,” said Rome City Manager Sammy Rich. “That was just to get the property under city control. Basically 20 years later we’re all standing out in the parking lot and for the first time this 123 acres is back in use for all of you.”

TRED volunteers, including trailmaster Billy Nicholson, Steve Kight, Jim Jackson and Mike Rousseau, and many others worked virtually every weekend since last June to build the trail. Cody Platt, the GE site manager, was among the others recognized for contributions to the trail network.

Prison crews from the Floyd County Prison were also instrumental in doing a lot of the work.

Three loop trails designed for mountain bikes crisscross approximately half of the 123-acre tract for a total of 4 miles. A 1.2-mile walking trail has also been developed along the perimeter of the property and was named for Bob and Peggy Moore during Saturday’s ceremony. The Moores operated Bob’s Cycle Shop for many years and have been longtime leaders in the development of area trails.

Nicholson said the first-time volunteers walked the site, they saw there was a lot of standing water on the property.

“We ended up with eight bridges, which are nice features for the trails, one of them is over a beaver dam,” he said.

The trails are still a work in progress, Nicholson added.

“We had some pavers donated and we’ll be putting those in the real muddy areas, and we may even put in some boardwalks, so it will be fun to ride,” he said. “We used the International Mountain Biking Association template for trails, which means they will be sustainable trails that drain well and are easy to maintain and handle a lot of traffic.”

The city is still is the process of developing plans for the southern end of the park, closer to West Central Elementary School.

Article courtesy of Rome News-Tribune
Written by Doug Walker

0 Up the Creek Without a Pedal 2017

Up the Creek Postcard 2017

There’s no place like Rome for the 27th annual Up the Creek Trail and Century Ride on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The ride leaves from The Forum in downtown Rome and heads north to the scenic roads and hills of NW Georgia. For those who want a shorter distance, enjoy a 5-mile family scavenger hunt ride along Rome’s scenic Heritage Trail system (multi-use paved path), sponsored by Harbin Clinic.

Ride distances: 5-mile family trail ride, 32, 53, 71, 81, 104, 109 road options.

Proceeds benefit TRED (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) efforts to build and maintain trails in Rome and Floyd County.

Click here to register online

Up the Creek Signature Perks

  • LCCL Farms homemade strawberry ice cream
  • Homemade SAG treats and friendly volunteers
  • Beautiful rolling hills where cars are scarce
  • Meal coupons for downtown Rome restaurants
  • Dry-fit shirts

 

Up the Creek Schedule

 
Friday, April 28, 2017

  • 2-6 pm – Registration at Cycle Therapy Bike Shop, 27 Central Plaza, Rome

 
Saturday, April 29, 2017

  • 6:30 am – Ride Day Registration at The Forum, 301 Tribune Street, Rome
  • 8 am – Rides depart, 32, 53, 71, 81, 104, 109 (fully SAG’ed rides)
  • 9 am – Harbin Clinic family trail ride departs (supported ride)

 

0 GE Donates Money to TRED

Walking Trail, GE

Walking Trail, GE

A group organizing biking and walking trails on land donated to the city of Rome by General Electric got some more help from the company Thursday.

Rome GE executive Cody Platt presented Trails for Recreation and Economic Development officials with a check for $5,000.

The money will be used for the advancement of walking and biking trails at the park being generated on the 123-acre tract.

“A portion will likely be set aside for ongoing maintenance of the trails,” said TRED President Julie Smith.

Some of the funds are also slated to be used for the development of a changing area and an elevated composting toilet.

An 8-foot-by-8-foot kiosk with maps of the trails, and usage signs will also be constructed.

“We’ve enjoyed our relationship with TRED for the last several years and view them as a great partner in the community,” Platt said. “They’ve done a great job with trail development and encouraging lots of recreational opportunities for the community.”

Volunteers have essentially completed four miles of bike trails through the woods and a one-mile walking loop. Smith said plans are to build another mile of single-track trail for bike use.

“We intend to continually upgrade the trails and maintain them,” she said. “We trust the city will be able to continue to provide help, in the form of occasional prison crews for work and cleanup.”

Harry Brock said volunteers, led by Billy Nicholson, have pretty much finished work on seven mountain bike bridges across drainage ditches on the property. Another larger bridge on the hiking trail crosses a wetland area created by a beaver dam.

Prison crews have also been active in the work on the trails, cutting fallen pine trees in half to create single-track obstacles for the more experienced riders.

“The (biking) trails will be suitable for novice-to-intermediate riders, but will also offer several challenging features that advanced riders will enjoy,” Smith said.

All of the trails will be color coded based on the level of difficulty.

The primary trailhead will be located at the woodline east of the old GE medium transformer plant on Redmond Circle. People seeking to use the trail would come in at the main entrance to the GE plant and then turn left and go through a long parking lot to access the trailhead.

Brock and Smith said a tentative ribbon cutting for the trail network has been set for Feb. 18.

Cody Platt, GE Rome Facility Manager presents the check to TRED Board of Directors Julie Smith and Harry Brock

Cody Platt, GE Rome Facility Manager presents the check to TRED Board of Directors Julie Smith and Harry Brock