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Ride Report: Just Getting Some Fresh Air

October 11, 2016

Since 1929, Fresh Air BBQ has been serving up chopped pork sandwiches and Brunswick stew in a simple building on Highway 42 in Jackson, GA. You can get any kind of BBQ you want there – as long as it’s a pork sandwich or Brunswick stew. If you’re feeling fancy, you can get the deluxe plate – it includes Saltines!


Here’s what Atlanta food God Jim Stacy has to say about Fresh Air:

Loyal readers will know that my navigational skills are simply awful and come with a stubborn desire to take the absolute worst roads possible. So I left the route planning to Toecutter Donald @mandivided and with only one trial run he had a beautiful ride planned for us – a dozen miles of gravel, country roads with rolling fields and disinterested cows, and enough farm dogs to keep our speed up.

We met up at Atlanta’s finest bike shop, Loose Nuts Cycles (@loosenutscycles) in Grant Park for coffee and Atlanta’s best bagels, Emerald City Bagels. We set off heading south with a cool breeze at our backs and a car loaded with ALL the snacks and enough water and cucumber Gatorade to keep us from getting too crusty.

Before we knew it we were ticking off counties and looking for that gravel. It didn’t take us long. Then townhouses turned to mobile homes turned to farmhouses, and we rolled along without seeing more than a couple cars an hour. Like I said, Donald picks a good route. 


We stopped for smoothies and oatmeal cream pies from the sag wagon, and headed for more gravel and a quick photo shoot on a rad bridge in Locust Grove.


We rolled on to BBQ (it sounded pretty good at 8am; by this time I was fully ready to crush about 12 sandwiches) and turned onto Highway 42 just under a mile before Fresh Air.