An Alabama Afternoon

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by livetosail, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. livetosail

    livetosail Wayward Traveler

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    It was unseasonably warm down here on the Gulf Coast this week. The weatherman specifically mentioned that Saturday would be a beautiful for a ride.

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    This is what welcomed me this morning.

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    So I took to the forums and spent some time planning today's adventure.

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    With a route planned and my riding buddy (fellow inmate, Bridwell52) all suited up, we set out for a fast ride through the slower pace of southern Alabama.

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    The weather was ideal for riding; partly sunny 70-75 degrees with a light wind. I started to smell the warm smells of pine trees and dead leaves as we moved away from the coast and into the winding backroads of the country.

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    Our first stop was a closer look at the rivers which wind their way through the backcountry.

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    It was wonderfully quiet along the river. Lots of small homes tucked neatly into the woods. Folks waived from their front porches as we passed. Very peaceful and relaxing.

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    I was warned that rural Alabama is a very unique place. As we prepared to leave the river front I noticed this brain sitting on the ground nearby... I'd call that unique.

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    Not sure what unlucky creature left its head on the side of the river today...

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    Back on the road Bridwell52 and I cruised through the long twisties and enjoyed the scenery.

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    We stopped in at the Stagecoach Cafe in Stockton to grab some eats. Neither of us made it to the Last Ride of the Year this year, so I was glad to be able to check out the cafe for lunch.

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    I wasn't disappointed. Good southern home cooking. I made the grave mistake of sampling everything and topping it off with a helping of peach cobbler. Climbing back on the bike after lunch was a chore as all I wanted to do was lie down and take a nap.

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    We struck out for some spirited riding on the backroads in search of nothing in particular.

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    We visited Ft. Mims, a frontier settlement well known in the area as the site of a massacre of hundreds of early settlers and soldiers.

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    It was a simple and tasteful site.
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    We weren't the only ones who thought riding today would be a good idea. I think we must have passed at least 10 different groups of riders.

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    Clouds continued to grow as the afternoon grew long so we decided to call it a day and head home.

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    The ride had been just fast enough, and at the same time the pace seemed slow and relaxed.

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    ...And this is what welcomed me when I arrived home.

    Here's to a beautiful ride through a beautiful state.
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  2. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    who in the hell randomly finds a brain next to the river??
    that is some funny shit. :lol3
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  3. livetosail

    livetosail Wayward Traveler

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    What, that's not normal in Alabama? :lol3
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  4. toolguy1

    toolguy1 Been here awhile

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    Pretty normal in Ala. Lol
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  5. livetosail

    livetosail Wayward Traveler

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    They're harvesting brains!!!!

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  6. telejojo

    telejojo Been here awhile

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    Where is Ft. Mims? I like to ride the backroads down to Orange Beach from Huntsville and I was looking for some new rds to chech out.The last time I came down hwy 31 and it was a nice ride.We have a big group that plays golf there in the fall and spring and I let them carry my clubs and I ride down.
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  7. livetosail

    livetosail Wayward Traveler

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    Gooooood question... :hmmmmm

    I was a stranger in these parts and didn't use my GPS. PM fellow inmate bridwell52. He knows the region quite well.

    Cheers!
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  8. Paul Simpson

    Paul Simpson n00b

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    Great info. My house (log home built in 1724), is in Meansville, GA, about 200 miles from Ft Mims. The Creeks owned the land when the cabin was built. It was a stagecoach stop at one time. Interesting history for me, thanks.
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