|02-24-2014, 12:26 AM||#1|
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Gulfport, MS
82 Counties on a Blackbird
Let me start by stating that this ride was influenced by another thread elsewhere on these forums. With that said, I must also mention that this will be an ongoing ride report with a majority of the rides happening on one or two days at most. I'll update as the ride for that period is complete. In other words, it's going to take a while for me to complete due to work and other matters that might come up in the future.
I live in Mississippi but I'm not native to the area, I've been here since 1998 with three years in Memphis (due to Katrina). I figured I'd start exploring this state more than what I've already been doing on the motorcycle by hitting each county and taking a photo of the sign at the county line. I'm not hitting any interstate roads on this ride, I'll be sticking to the secondary and back roads. This will make the ride more challenging and tiresome but I get to see some neat places, people and discover where the hilly and curvy roads are located.
I started this past Saturday, 22 February, and found out a couple of things about the ride. First, I need to put the Givi saddle bags back on and use the tail bag for my daily commute. I was reluctant to leave sight of the bag while at my stops, it made me a bit anxious at times. Second, learn how to use my digital camera better.
I live in Gulfport, MS, Harrison county is on the coast, one of three coastal counties. The first stop, exiting my home county is Jackson county. Clean sign, couple of people drove by waving:
2nd stop is George county. A few bullet holes in the sign:
3rd stop is Greene county:
4th stop would be Wayne county. I caught a selfie and soon after I had to creep into the brush to release the coffee that I rented. Not a single car passed me, it was nice to hear the birds and silence:
5th stop is on the Clarke county line. Other than the bumpy road, no much to say:
6th is Lauderdale county. A dirty sign. Some guy stopped and asked if I needed help, I guess he was a fellow rider:
7th stop is Newton county. I decided to return home in this county. Someone hit this sign with a small caliber bullet or shotgun, no penetration of the sign:
Just a few miles past the sign I found this town and had to get a picture:
8th one is Jasper county. For some reason some guy in a Corvette just had to do a burn out next to me, I guess he was threatened by my Blackbird and he had to mark is territory:
On the way through this county I found a town named after the town I once lived, Heidleberg, Germany. I spent 3rd grade to 10th grade there before moving to Augsburg to finish 11th and 12th.
9th is Jones county. It's dark and I'm feeling slightly uneasy about parking on the side of the road:
10th stop is Perry county. A bit of a blurry photo of the sign, I'm still learning to use this camera:
A zoomed in shot of the sign, again blurry.
11th stop and almost home is Stone county. That sign is shot up and will probably catch a few more bullets before they replace it:
12th and final sign is my home county, Harrison:
One last note: I didn't break 100mph at all but I was so tempted. I saw one deer at dusk, looked like it was counting cars while waiting to cross the road.
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|02-24-2014, 07:14 AM||#2|
Joined: Nov 2012
Location: Middle earth
Good job man...
Here's my thoughts on this RR. You did a great job on it in my opinion. It would appear to me that you had fun. From the pics I would say that you did cover some miles. All that added up makes a great RR. Too often I get wrapped up reading some epic trip across other continents on rides that stretch into months or more. I'm still a member of the working class and don't have the time to do one of those trips yet. Someday maybe, but I'm not there yet. A trip like this appears to be a great way to really see some of the things we take for granted because we see them everyday. You did well and I hope you do some more of these and post them for the rest of us inmates to see. The Blackbird is one of my favorite bikes too. Looks good man, glad you went and enjoyed.
Stay safe man..
Anywhere is home
|02-24-2014, 02:56 PM||#3|
Joined: Aug 2012
Location: Southeast Lower Carolina
Unique sequence of signs. Kinda sad to see so much destruction of public property by idiots. Look forward to more of your rides and reports.
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|02-24-2014, 05:15 PM||#4|
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Gulfport, MS
I think the shooting and vandalism of the signs are prevalent in a good portion of America and so far I've yet to see one that has been hit with decals or spray paint. I'm planning out the route for this weekend and I hope to get an early start unlike last Saturday. I work the swing shift and normally I don't get to bed until past 4am and wake up around noon. I'm going to have to make an effort to rise early and head out to the road this weekend.
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