Hiking the Atlanta Beltline

I start on the "backside" of Piedmont Park where I can safely leave my car. Lots of construction here, near Monroe and Piedmont.
I start on the “backside” of Piedmont Park where I can safely leave my car. Lots of construction here, near Monroe and Piedmont.

I’m trying to prepare for a long hike along the AT. Some weekends I hike in the North Georgia Mountains. But sometimes I just strap on my loaded backpack and hike the eastside trail of the Atlanta Beltline. I can easily stop for a smoothie at Arden’s Garden  on Monroe, an iced coffee at Parish or use the restrooms at Piedmont Park. Even grab lunch at Barcelona Wine Bar or dessert with King of Pops. I did all of them yesterday and logged 8+ miles. It’s a fairly flat walkway, being a former railroad track, so you can easily do a lot of miles. And it’s great to see all the improvements, construction and people actively using the trail.

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The traffic on I85S had been terrible–road construction season has begun. So by the time I got to the park, I needed a clean restroom. That’s when I ran into the Superhero walk/run.
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Never thought of the Tooth Fairy as a superhero, but I thought this guy was pretty brave and obviously has a sense of humor.
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Sweet pea
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Construction on North Ave, near the Masquerade. This park is behind the Ponce City Market.
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This is near the North Street bridge. Later on Twitter I found out this is for Piper, a dog who is the unofficial mascot of the Eastside trail. You can follow him at @beltlinepiper (Thanks for the noms and the notes. Stay frisky, my friends. *pawbump*)
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This is new. It’s located near the Freedom Parkway overpass, in Inman Park, behind the Highland Steel Buildings along Highland Ave, near Elizabeth Ave.
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King of Pops! They were set up on the back porch of Paris on Ponce right on the Beltline (near Ponce bridge). This is Blackberry/Ginger/Lemon. Hot day, very refreshing.
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He surprised me along the trail. This little guy was actually very small, sunning himself behind Piedmont Park. He never moved while I took a photo and stepped right over him.
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I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Mexico and Peru. I'm exploring the world and you can come too!

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