What to do in Atlanta ?

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by zippy, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    I will be Sybase training in Alpharetta Georgia July 25th - 29th. I am going to ride up Sunday morning.
    Any must see sights while I am in town for a week ? Nice evening rides around the Atlanta area. I have acquired a Delorme for the trip.
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  2. PowerT

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    Go up 400 North. When the road goes to two lanes take a left to Dahlonega on Hwy 19. Go through Dahlonega staying on 19. You can go to Blairsville, Suches , Helen, Hiawasee, highways 19, 129, 60, 348. It will take about 45 - 55 minutes to get to Dahlonega. Zoom in on the link and you will see this. What exit off of 400 are you going to be training at?

    Troy
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    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    Thanks powert !! It will by my first time staying near Atlanta. Have driven through a few times.
    Website for Sybase says exit 8 off 400 mansel road to parkside terrace.?
    Again thanks for the ride suggestions and link !.

    mike p
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  4. Meathead

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    What he said, just do it as early in the day as you possibly can . . . traffic sucks ass on 400.
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  5. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    again thanks for the tips. I'll be coming from the ass sucking traffic capitol Florida .

    How late in the evening before traffic clears? Unfortunately will be in class during the day 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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  6. beefjerky

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    USUALLY, from exit 10 and up, the traffic is heavy, but moving. The key word is usually, and @ 5 pm, you'll be in the middle of it.

    I would highly recommend the disappearing from lunch trick. Call in around 2pm explaining that you are lost. "I'm somewhere off of something peachtree something street/parkway/road. I'm in a QT parking lot, there's a Waffle house across the street with a McDonalds next to it. Oh, and I passed a Home Depot a mile or so ago." Nobody will ever be able to navigate you back to home base, and everybody will completely understand. Works every time!
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  7. Meathead

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    :lol3 Too true.
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  8. PhilSpace

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    Cheatah III (if it's still open). :evil
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    Hey man I shot you a PM...what time on Sunday do you plan on getting in? I was going to head up to Suchess for a quick run around the area..maybe grab lunch at T.W.O.. Let me know....Jay
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    Thanks Jay , p.m.ed you back. Hope to be checking in about 2 or 3 p.m. Sunday .
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    Yeah, I'll second the Cheata III, NoShowPhil. I saw a guy in AZ a couple of days ago with a Cheata t-shirt. Looked pretty new so I expect its still up and running. Fond memories!
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    Same here, great place. I bought spacewife a sweat shirt from there as well. :evil
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  13. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    You're in luck my friend. I grew up in Alpharetta. My how it has changed. Traffic? You know nothing of traffic! GA400 is the worst. During non-rush hour hours (rush hour here is like 5am-9am and 4pm-6:30pm) 400 is nicknamed the "Alpharetta Audubon," but don't let that fool you: Cops are a plenty. Mansell Road is in the middle of it all for sure, and you'll be very close to Northpoint Mall, which offers everything you'll need for food, movies, and other entertainment. There's not much great riding around "Taterville" b/c of all the cages (it gets worse on the weekends when EVERYONE drives around, especially to the mall. This however can be a great time to see some of the local 'hot as hell' soccer moms maneuvering their SUV's around town) Just watch your back, as they are all talking away on those cell phone thingies. People here cannot drive. I drive for a living, so trust me when I say this.

    The other guys are right, head up 400 to 19 to Dahlonega. I live 15 minutes S Dahlonega and I can tell you there is some excellent riding just a tad further north. You're getting into mountain territory there, and is great times. Watch out for cages coming your way (the local moutain folk tend to ignore those annoying line things in the middle of the road).

    I *may* be in Suches Sunday pm with another buddy on a Duc...I'll be on a GS Dakar. Give a shout if ya see us, and feel free to get ahold of me if you need some Alpharetta Advice. :thumb
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  14. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Oh yeah, another good boobie place is Oasis: Goodtime Emporium in Norcross. I285 and 141. Good eats next door too.
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    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Hey GoastRider,

    Let me know what your doing sunday. Might be up for a ride. :D
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  16. zippy

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    wow Alpharetta has a Ferrari dealership :eek1
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  17. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    There is a Lamborghini dealership not too far away either. South on Hwy 9 (the same road the Ferrari 'ship is on)
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    Can you recommend a good steak house that'll feed a dirty hippy ?
    ( casual attire please )

    And what's this about not buying beer on Sundays ??????????
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  19. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Yup, no beer on Sundays. Shit man, up here you can't even buy a liquor drink at the bar on Sundays. Only beer. Messed up is what that is.

    Good steak? Head West on Mansell til you hit Hwy 9 and go South. About 3-5 miles down you'll come to the intersection of Hwy 9 and Holcomb Bridge (I think it is Hwy 41.) On the NW corner of that intersection is Stoney River Steakhouse. Never been there, but man oh man it smells good every time I ride by.
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  20. leeo45

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    Zippy,

    Stony River is great food and maybe the best steaks in Atlanta. Not cheap, tho. (dinner for two w/ dessert and tip, but no drinks was ~ $120). They're a bit dressy, but I don't think they'll run you off on a weekday if you're in jeans.

    I work a few miles north of your training location and ususally commute on the bike. Shoot me a PM if you're interested in a guide thru the mountains some afternoon/evening; or if you'd just like someone to point to some good roads on a map so you can head out on your own. It would be a good excuse for me to leave the office early. I'm normally on the VFR, but if you want to see some sites further off the highway I can ride the DRZ and we can hit the pavement and some gravel roads in between. Maybe catch Pappy Red's BBQ on the way north and wait for traffic to clear out a little.

    Have a good visit, and watch out for the frantic, unskilled, and inattentive cage drivers. It's a dangerous place on two wheels.
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