I live in North Alabama, a good distance from south GA though. If you're ever in my area though, please let me know. We have a private mx track that is shaping up to be very fun. We also have several off-road riding areas too.
Too bad about the "buddy" switching to a 4 turd. I'm currently the only one in our gang riding a 2st. I feel the tide turning though.
Good luck finding a new buddy.