Dave, Steve, Dan and I (Bob S.)were about ready to take off to the north country when, much to our surprise two scooters pulled up next to us at the Chevron station in Ball Ground. Once their helmets were off we were delighted to see that Al and Richard had decided, at the last minute, to join us at least part way on the ride.
The first leg of the ride took us by back roads over to Jerusalem, Ludville and Hinton before heading to Blaine and an almost straight shot north on Round Top Road to Ellijay. We stopped at the Dairy Queen in south Ellijay for refreshments and a chance to discuss what stops we'd make in the mountains. We briefly discussed taking a "short cut" to Ga 52 by way of Tail Creek Church Road but decided against it as the surface of a few of the connecting back roads are gravel/stone and not really suitable for scooters. We'll save that route for another day.
After the DQ stop we continued north, through the square, and on to Ga 52 heading west toward Chatsworth. Our first stop was at the National Forest Service's Cohutta Overlook, a stone circular platform on the top of a hill that affords a great view of the Cohutta Wilderness area and the distant mountains. It was also a place were Dan could launch his drone and show us what it is capable of. Amazing!
Al and Richard had to head back home at this point while the rest of us went on to Fort Mountain State Park. At the park we hiked over to the overlook platform and enjoyed the 180 degree view and the breeze (it was getting warm).
Then it was down the mountain to Chatsworth and Edna's. Edna's is a meat and three restaurant that rarely disappoints. This day was no exception, the food was top notch.
After lunch we rode over to the Old Federal Road but, as it was getting late and some folks had to get home by 4 pm, we jumped back on US 411 north of Conistan. Further south we got on Johnson Mountain Road, then Salacoa and headed home.
We had good weather and a great time. My mileage home-to-home was 163 miles.
Photos and video will be added as they become available.