Back on June 27th, nine couples plus our hosts, Eric & Linda with guest stoker Wendy on their trusty Thorn Trident triplet, met for a 32-mile ride beginning and ending in Tucker, Georgia. The ride meandered through Avondale Estates and took us to Stone Mountain Park where we stopped for a mid-ride break at Memorial Hall. Eric’s family graciously SAG’d the stop for us and had ice-cold drinks and snacks on hand, which were very welcome given the temps were well into the 90’s.
As you can see from the photo below, Memorial Hall’s rear deck also provided a wonderful backdrop for photos with the area’s name sake ”Stone Mountain” in the background with its famous bas-relief sculpture.
More about Stone Mountain and the bas relief Wikipedia:
Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock in Stone Mountain, Georgia. At its summit, the elevation is 1,686feet (513 m) amsl and 825 feet (251.5 m) above the surrounding area. Stone Mountain granite extends underground 9 miles (14 km) at its longest point into Gwinnett County. Numerous reference books and Georgia literature have dubbed Stone Mountain as “the largest exposed piece of granite in the world”. This misnomer is most likely a result of advertisement by granite companies and early park administration. In actuality, there are larger exposed granite landscapes throughout the world including the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Stone Mountain, though often called a pink granite dome, is actually a quartz monzonite rock when described in geologic terms and is therefore not technically granite. Stone Mountain is well-known not only for its geology, but also for the enormous bas-relief on its north face, the largest bas-relief in the world. Three figures of the Confederate States of America are carved there: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis.
As always, riding a tandem with other tandems is the best way to enjoy the long bikes and we had a great day. However, the heat really took a toll on me, so we opted to pass on the post-ride lunch at Taqueria Los Hermanos and headed for home so that I could take a nap. In talking with Eric and Linda a week or two after the ride it sounds like they just about had the restaurant to themselves when they arrived, which is always nice when you show up looking for a table that seats 20!