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Old 01-25-2013, 03:24 PM   #16
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1/23/13

On this, one of the more momentus days of the trip, I’m wondering about my reasons for doing it. I’m still all in, the trip won’t be ending for some time, but what I hope to accomplish, or if I’ll accomplish anything at all, are in the forefront of my mind. I’ve referred in previous posts to my trigger being the passing of my Gram, but her death was just that, a trigger. Is my powder for a journey like this an underlying feeling that my life was not headed in the right direction? Or possibly just that I’d lost any appreciation for the things I worked so hard for. It’s likely that only time and miles will provide me with clarity. I am the bullet.


Contemplating the inevitable.

After spreading a portion of Gram’s ashes near the resting place of her significant other, I had a nice leisurly ride at more humane temperatures than yesterday. Sixty plus degrees from Florence, AL to Talladega National Forest. I’ve gotten out of hill country, which is a shame, but at least it gives me the time to sit back and process my sausage of thoughts without the danger of cliffs and turns.

I’m quite pleased with my campsite. Relative solitude, bald eagles, and a lake like glass do make for a happy camper.


That's a lot of cock.


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...lookit me when I'm talkin' to ya, boy!


Who knew chickens came with a big giant spike attached?


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Old 01-25-2013, 04:26 PM   #17
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This looks like the upper part of Little River Canyon.

If it is, and you had gone into the park, there is a pull off that allows you to see the other side of these falls.

You are right that the landscape in NE AL is pretty amazing!

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I wish I could've taken a pic from the other side of these waterfalls.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:51 PM   #18
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Really enjoying your ramblings from the road. Looking forward to more.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:23 PM   #19
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Really enjoying your ramblings from the road. Looking forward to more.
Thanks, encouraging words really do provide motivation.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:25 PM   #20
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This looks like the upper part of Little River Canyon.

If it is, and you had gone into the park, there is a pull off that allows you to see the other side of these falls.

You are right that the landscape in NE AL is pretty amazing!
I didn't see a park, but I only back tracked once to look for a better view.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:58 PM   #21
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I'm following....

I'm enjoying your reports. Really good writing by the way.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:25 AM   #22
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This looks like the upper part of Little River Canyon.

If it is, and you had gone into the park, there is a pull off that allows you to see the other side of these falls.

You are right that the landscape in NE AL is pretty amazing!
And if you know where to look there is a little trail that goes down into that gorge on the backside of those falls. Spent a lot of time there in high school with other folks enjoying a day in the sun. Grew up in Rome, GA that the OP rode through, and Little River Canyon was a great place to escape to!
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:50 PM   #23
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And if you know where to look there is a little trail that goes down into that gorge on the backside of those falls. Spent a lot of time there in high school with other folks enjoying a day in the sun. Grew up in Rome, GA that the OP rode through, and Little River Canyon was a great place to escape to!
Damn, sorry I missed that.
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I'm enjoying your reports. Really good writing by the way.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:14 PM   #25
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Fantastic writing! I only follow a few ride reports, this will be one of them - hope you keep it up. Maybe a bit bigger on the pictures? It's great as is, but I think many scan the ride reports by the pictures first and tend to skip over the ones with the little pictures - it would be a shame for folks to miss this one. The maps are great, by the way. It really adds to the RR knowing exactly where you are.

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Old 01-26-2013, 01:32 PM   #26
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Fantastic writing! I only follow a few ride reports, this will be one of them - hope you keep it up. Maybe a bit bigger on the pictures? It's great as is, but I think many scan the ride reports by the pictures first and tend to skip over the ones with the little pictures - it would be a shame for folks to miss this one. The maps are great, by the way. It really adds to the RR knowing exactly where you are.

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Thanks, Mike. I'm working on posting my pictures from a different place than nomoike.com so I can resize them more to my liking. Until then, they are clickable for a full sized view.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:38 PM   #27
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Excellent writing.


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Old 01-26-2013, 01:55 PM   #28
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1/24/13



I come from a line of Eskimo that made their home northeast of Nome, AK. The nearest village is Teller, AK and the people there have lived lives for centuries that required basic survival skills. Just last spring I watched my cousin’s native husband start a fire by , what looked like to me, scraping two rocks together. Now if my ancestors could manage to keep the DNA flowing for millenia and my cousin-in-law could seemingly conjure fire from stone, I should surely be able to build a towering inferno with a modern Bic, right? Wrong. After my initial attempt at fire starting being a miserable failure I bought a mini blowtorch. Now fire, and maybe even brimstone, raining down into my fire pit were practically guaranteed! 45 minutes later I was rewarded with a flame the same size as my aforementioned Bic could create with one flick. Pathetic, but I’m not giving up.


Some fun riding today on 20 plus miles of the orangest dirt roads I’ve ever seen. The total for the day was around 200 miles to Blackwater Bay near Pensacola, but those 20 were definitely the penultimate surprise of the day.


I'd hate to be on this when it's wet!

As the sun was proceeding through its last few hours Violet and I traversed the last few miles of orangy goodness to Grassy Point Recreation Area. At that point it was hard to imagine free camping ever getting better than this, but I was in for one more pleasant surprise. Less than an hour later the sound of a thumper makes itself known, piloted by NomadGal to my very “doorstep”.

If you’ve not read it, with nearly 100,000 views NomadGal’s ride report is highly informative and inspirational. The mechanical trials that she has faced would make a ship’s crew run for harbor, but instead of heading for the nearest Kawasaki dealer she dug right it and cured most of her beloved KLR’s ailments. Many great photos and miles of time wasting enjoyment found here. Even your boss couldn’t fault you for siphoning away his money on this one.


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Old 01-26-2013, 02:07 PM   #29
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Winter

You are really not helping me get thru winter..quite the opposite. I change tires, bearings, chain and sprockets, plug, adjust valves, and it's still f'ing winter. My hands are chapped, my nose is running. I sit on the seat and am not modivated. Traffic here is still traffic except there's salt on the pavement and people are REALLY not used to seeing a bike in traffic this time of year around here.

You point to the perfect time to see latitudes less than 35. You show us pictures that prove it's country to see, even better in the off season. You suck. Keep it up.

PS an old set of Frogtoggs, wool socks and a cap will extend your sleeping bag range, duc tape the outside of ziplocks to make perfect waterproof reasonably durable bags, there's a million ways to improve without adding more and more 'stuff.'

Looking forward to more. Nice meetup with NomaGal.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:28 AM   #30
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East bound and down

1/28/13

With rain on the way tomorrow, and my new pal NomadGal heading out I decided that it's time for me to move along. It is a real shame considering that the weekend is over and I would be the only one left in the nearly perfect camping spot that I'd inhabited for the last few days. Really, the only thing that bothers me about this idyllic location are the gnats. For those of you who have never experienced gnats, or no-see-ums, consider yourself lucky. They're tiny, fast moving, biting Beelzebubs. Even with the glorious scenery, relative quiet, white sandy beaches, and (barely) swimmable water temps, the only two characteristics of the gnats that make them tolerable are that their bite only itches a short while, and they're only "sociable" about an hour each in the morning and evening.

With the exception of the first 20 miles, or so, today's ride was a 6 out of 10. The scenery wasn't boring, but I've been staring at a beach for days and its luster has worn a bit. Traffic was lite, but it hardly mattered since you couldn't find a curve with a protractor. On routes like this I usually find a cage that's going a speed I like and pace myself off of it. It makes it easier to enjoy the scenery without having to constantly babysit the speedometer.

 









Spirit and Violet Bearegard from Camera

 









Last Sunset at Blackwater Bay from Camera

 

The Moon from Camera

 
HOOOOOWWWWWWLLLLLLL! from Camera

 
Florida needs lane splitting from Camera

 
Relax from Camera

 
At least I won't make a wrong turn from Camera

 
A last bit of beach for the day from Camera

 
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