FWIW - Gomer Pyle grew up there.
My breakfast stop (lunch and dinner too) was Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, but it's nice to know that there are dining options on the route as I saw precious little by way of commerce between Helfin and Sylacauga.
Great routes. Thanks for the gpx files.
Cheaha State Park restaurant is also a good lunch stop with a great view. But I assume that you were not interested in lunch if you were passing through at 7 a.m.
Good choice to take those routes over and back from Sylacauga. When I lived in Auburn, AL I regularly rode the roads around Talladega, Cheaha Mtn., Heflin, Lineville, Ashland and a few other small cities. Very little traffic most of the time...well, except those logging trucks that could really move!
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I had reason to visit Sylacauga yesterday so took the opportunity to make it a more interesting ride than just a quick out and back.
The most interesting part of my ride there was via Alabama 281 which bisects the Talladega National Forrest (I picked up the route by looping north via Marietta and Hwy120). Great road. Nice surface with a nice mix of curves and elevation changes. Quiet as well, but then it was 7:00 a.m. Central when I passed through Helfin at the start of this section.
I did not have so much time available for the ride back so picked a little more direct cross-country route combining Alabama 8 and 48 and Georgia 5. This allowed for an easy varied two-lane speed limit pace. Nice.
The attached GPX has route and a track segments.