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Serenbe Dreamin’ Bikepacking Adventure
July 8 - July 9$100
Every time we do a #serenberide, we wish we had more time there. The endless dirt roads, and quiet ribbons of rolling farmland of the Chattahoochee Hill Country always leave us wanting more, and the waterfalls and trails at Cochran Mill Nature Center call out to us to stay a while – but home beckons, and we always say, “next time.”
Over the course of hundreds of rides to Serenbe, we’ve learned a lot – how to get down and back without riding on highways, secret spots (have you seen that abandoned airport?!), the best peach pie in 30 miles, the coldest swimming holes, and the roads that don’t show up on a map.
Here’s the plan:
We’ll start off with freshly brewed Brash Coffee at Loose Nuts Cycles in Grant Park on Saturday morning at 9. Once we’re sufficiently caffeinated, we’ll ride down along our top secret, ultra-refined, @mandivided-curated route (this is no typical #SerenbeRide, but a look at that hashtag on Instagram will offer a glimpse of what these roads have in store.) The headaches of Atlanta will evaporate in our wake as we ride through the best underdeveloped (and under-paved) portions of Fulton county and roll up to a picnic lunch from our friends at West Egg Cafe.
From there, we’ll explore the best riding the Silk Sheets region has to offer, with an ideal balance of dirt and pavement, and just the right number of sleepy cows. We’ll end up at Cochran Mill Nature Center to cool off in the falls and hike (or shred!) its trails until a very Toecutters happy hour kicks off with snacks and cold ones. We’re bringing a photographer and a videographer to make sure you get some evidence to show off at work all week.
And then it’s time for a Mexican feast! Chef Justin Dixon (The Shed at Glenwood) is putting out a spread at the campsite.
With our bellies full, we’ll sleep out under the stars near the waterfalls at Cochran Mill, and wake up just in time for a farm-fresh, camp-cooked breakfast before we set off on an altogether different, but equally amazing, route home.
Distance – About 40 miles each way, and another 10 or 15 of Silk Sheets goodness. Want more?! There’s time, and we’re happy to share a few secret spots.
Terrain – Mixed; road and gravel. Serenbe gravel is among the most lovely, forgiving dirt surfaces we know. We’ve done this ride (back when we were young, and hated derailleurs) brakeless on track bikes with 23mm tires. If you’re looking to give gravel riding a shot, or you want to try riding road bikes off road, this terrain is just right.
Food – We’ll have a sag vehicle stocked up with water, fresh fruit, and energy bars. Also included is a hearty, hot, full breakfast at camp, a West Egg picnic lunch by the water, cold beverages all night, Chef Justin’s Italian feast (guaranteed to taste better by a fire) and, of course, s’mores for your sweet tooth. No Toecutters ride starts without fresh brewed Brash coffee!
What to bring – A full list comes with your ticket, and we’re happy to help you figure out what to bring and how to carry it. The weather looks to be warm, so we can keep things fast and light.
You’ll get a spot at our bicycle camping clinic before the trip, and will be riding with your own tent and gear, and setting everything up, so this is a great introduction to bikepacking. Whether you rock panniers, a frame bag, or racks and a basket, we can make your setup work for this ride.
We always provide enough snacks for the road, but if there’s something special you want us to bring, just let us know. We’re always glad to drive toiletries or medical needs to the campsite. The tallboys won’t run out at camp, but if your sophisticated palate demands an artisanal IPA, feel free to bring your favorite 6 pack and we will ice it down and lug it in the cooler for you.
So this is the “next time.” Roll down with us and spend the night. Home is 30 miles away, but we’ll take you so much further.
Please also let us know of any allergies and dietary restrictions so we can accommodate.
There is no long term, secure parking available at the start. Please let us know if you need to make parking arrangements, and we’ll happily help!
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email at [email protected]