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Hardcore Downtown Berry Biking (Strawberry Day 2015)

The Basics:
Event Type:Bike
Event Location: Atlanta, GA   Bike: Hardcore Downtown Berry Biking (Strawberry Day 2015)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 9 2015  8:30 am >> Sat, May 9 2015 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, May 8 2015 2:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, May 9 2015 7:00 am
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:11 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


This event was suggested by Peter Trinkle.  He deserves the credit for putting together this route and itenerary.

It's suppose to be a gorgeous weekend. I'm posting this so that others can join us if they are interested.

Link to Google Map of route.

We will start at Fernbank Museum of Natural History (767 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307) at 8:30 AM.

Round trip distance: 11 miles.  

(6 miles from Fernbank to Piedmont Park, because of detour through more scenic parts of Piedmont Park.  5 mile return trip from Piedmont to Fernbank.)

Route / event description:

+ Ride through Shady Side Park to the Stone Mtn Trail at Clifton Terrace NE.

+ Ride West on the Stone Mtn Trail / Freedom Park Trail to the Carter Center.

+ Hang out. Have breakfast (& coffee!) at the Freedom Farmers Market @ The Carter Center. {1}

+ The Farmers Market opens at 9:00 AM.  Getting there towards when the market opens will allow more time to talk to vendors and buy the best stuff.  May 9th is Strawberry Day! The Atlanta Audubon Society will also be there. {2}  Surprise them with your knowledge that James Audubon didn't found the Audubon Society and that he shot and killed every bird he painted {3}.

+ Continue on the Freedom Park Trail to intersection with the Eastside Beltline near the Fourth Ward Skatepark.

+ Ride North on the Beltline until you reach Piedmont Park (10th St).

+ Ride the long way around Piedmont Park, through the Promenade and the Legacy Fountain.  (Note that the Fountain will not be on until May 23.)  {4}

+ Arrive at the Piedmont Park Green Market.  The Market is open from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  {5}

+ Buy more awesome organic produce, enjoy the live music, then turn around and ride the same way back to Fernbank.

+ Consider hanging around for the 1:00 PM showing of Humpback Whales in IMAX. {6, 7}


Additional information: 

{1} Freedom Farmers Market | Vendors

{2} Freedom Farmers Market | Events: Strawberry Day 2015

{3} Mother Nature Network | 5 things you didn't know about John James Audubon (John Platt; 04/26/2011)

{4} Piedmont Park Conservancy | Legacy Fountain 

{5} Piedmont Park Conservancy | Green Market - Vendors 

{6} Fernbank Museum of Natural History | IMAX Schedule: 'Humpback Whales'

{7} Variety | Film Review: ‘Humpback Whales’ (Geoff Berkshire; 02/12/2015)


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Sun Glasses
Backpack (to carry items bought at market)
Cash / Credit Card
Chain Lock (in case we need to leave our bikes)


I don't own a bike helmet, so I won't be wearing one.

The vast majority of this route is on paved bike / walking paths that do not permit motorized vehicles.

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Please be prepared for an emergency or breakdown.

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