In late July, as many of you know, a woman was brutally attacked while walking on the Silver Comet Trail in Paulding County, GA.  None of her belongings were stolen, but her face was targeted in the beating.  It was a story that garnered national attention.  I was even contacted by an AP journalist.  Immediately, the AP, as well as local trail users, began to question the safety of both the Silver Comet Trail and the Chief Ladiga Trail.  The trails are safe.  Thousands of people enjoy the trails weekly without incident.  However, this story is a reminder to be smart when you use the trail, whether alone or with others.  I ride the Chief Ladiga Trail alone most of the time.  I carry water, energy food, tools to change a flat tire, my cell phone, pepper spray, and I always wear a whistle around my neck.  I also let my family know when I am riding on the trail.   The woman's attacker has not been identified.  The national attention to the attack may help in the search.  A Reward Fund has been established at the Hiram Branch of the Bank of North Georgia.  If you would like to donate, you may contact the bank at:  75 Metromont Road, Hiram, GA  30141, 770-943-4348.  Stay safe - but enjoy our trails!