Full Throttle Touring - 150 through the Rocket City

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. klaviator

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    That's a lot of reading. Thanks for checking in.

    You may be one of the last to read the entire thread as I expect the links to most of the pics in this thread to be broken any day now. All of the pics posted before July were on Photobucket. My subscription has expired but for some reason they haven't changed my account and broken the links yet.
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  2. horseiron1

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    It took a while to read. . It was cool to watch/read about getting your Super 8 brand new and going through the years of you having it. Most of the pics were still there. Some of them were gone but it didn’t take away from the story.

    Very enjoyable
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  3. klaviator

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    Glad you enjoyed it. The links that were broken were probably pics I linked from facebook. While you can hot link from Facebook they don't last very long before they disappear.

    As for the Super 8, I now have it's replacement but since the S-8 is still running well and I really enjoy riding it, I think I'll keep it for a while. One of the big advantages of the S-8 is that I have a great parking place at work for it but the Smax won't fit. There is a brick wall surrounding the Air Conditioners for the building that has plenty of room for a scooter, or two. The problem is that the opening to get into that space is very narrow. I can work the S-8 into that spot but although the Smax and S-8 have the same width handlebars, the turn signals on the Smax are mounted on the body and too far apart for it too fit. I guess that's as good of a practical reason to keep the S-8 as any:D
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  4. klaviator

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    It seemed like forever since I went for more than a short ride and all week the weather forecasters were saying rain and clouds on Saturday. So when it ended up being warm and sunny, I went for a ride. It had also been a long time since I rode my Versys and a long time since riding any twisty roads. So I rode the Versys over to Crow Mountain. I went east on 72 and then north on 65 through Paint Rock Valley. I decided to check out one of the side roads. I think this was CR4.

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    The fall colors were spectacular but it seemed like there were millions of bugs also out enjoying the colors.

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    I was glad I brought a wet rag to clean my face shield because I used it a lot that day.

    The pavement soon ended.

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    My KLR would have been better here. I rode until it started getting muddy then turned around. I stopped to check out this potential huge bonfire.

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    Back on 65.

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    65 has some nice curves but due to a wet road and leaves in the shady areas I took it easy.

    I took a right on 146.

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    And then road to Crow mountain. I rode down 133 and back up a couple of times.

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    And then went over to 39 and did the same.

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    I love 39 but there isn't much traffic on the road so it had a lot of leaves on it.

    The gate was open to this road off of 39 so I checked it out. The KLR would have been nice here. I just rode a mile or so and turned around.

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    Then it was back to 79 and a right turn towards Tennessee. 79 is a pretty straight road until it drops down the mountain a little north of Winchester. I pulled a U turn to get this next pic.

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    I rode 50 from just West of Winchester to just outside of Lynchburg. It's a great road but the colors were nicer in Alabama. After that it was getting late so I took mostly boring roads back home. My total miles for the day was a little over 200. It was good to get out and go for more than just a short ride around town. Hopefully I'll have the chance to do it again before the leaves all fall off the trees.
  5. klaviator

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    I rode up into Tennessee today. The leaves are well past their peak and most have fallen off the trees. I'm surprised such a short distance north would make such a big difference.

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    It also wasn't as sunny as yesterday. I didn't take nearly as many pictures either but here's a few.

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  6. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Your pics are always so nice. I am jealous of your camera. Keep em coming.
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  7. osbo

    osbo Been here awhile

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    I love your reports and photos. I think I said a few years back I lived in HSV in the 1960s and 1970s. My father and I would take long rides out to NE Alabama on the weekends. That area was also our Boy Scout Troop destination for many weekend trips.
  8. klaviator

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    Thanks. I'm enjoying your thread as well. For those not familiar Heatery has a ride report going about exploring Southern Alabama on a Vespa. I'm not the only one exploring Alabama on a scooter. Interesting thread: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/lower-alabama-la.1244014/



    You were one of the first people to reply to this thread when I started it back in 2010. Welcome back.

    I'm sure this area was a totally different place back when you were here.
  9. klaviator

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    Too much working and not enough riding:( At least I sometimes get to see some interesting stuff at work. Here's some views from work.

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    I planning on heading out today and enjoying the colors before all the leaves fall off the trees.:ricky
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    Headed out around 10 this morning. It took me a while to get on the road because I couldn't decide on which bike to ride or where to ride it. It's a tough life:D

    My first stop was a Cycle Gear just to see if they anything new and exciting that I just couldn't live without. I didn't find anything like that but did get a box of drain plug crush washers. I also ran into @telejojo. We talked a bit and then headed out. I got his pic before he took off.

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    Then I headed over Green Mountain. There was still some color in the leaves and it was a pretty ride as always.

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    Just on the other side of the mountain:

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    I rode over to 431 and headed south towards Guntersville. I had two goals for today. One was to meet up with another inmate from Mobile and the other was to do some exploring around Guntersville. I stopped to check my phone and it looked like we would get to Guntersville around the same time. I decided to wait at a small park right on the lake on the west side of Guntersville. It was a nice place to hang out and warm up after a cold morning ride. It was also a good spot to use my 50x zoom and catch the other rider as he came across the causeway on 69 into Guntersville. Shooting a subject moving at around 50 MPH while zoomed out at 50x was not easy but I did get one pic.

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    That rider would be @Heatery who was doing a loop around Alabama on his Vespa.

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    We talked a few minutes and decided on Mexican for lunch.

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  11. gulfcoaster

    gulfcoaster Been here awhile

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    Glad you caught Mr. Munch. And glad you turned me on to his thread. Looking forward to his RR from going around the state. Hope to catch up with him down here sometime. Sure was a nice day to ride.
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    We had a good lunch and great conversation. I won't go into all the details but of course we talked about riding among other things. Heatery stopped riding for many years after back surgery and recently bought a Vespa and started riding again. He planned on doing some local rides and even documented those rides in this very interesting and unique ride report: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/lower-alabama-la.1244014/

    He then decided it might be nice to ride out to Colorado next year. Before doing that he needed to see how he would do on a long trip so he was using this loop around Alabama to see if a long trip might be possible. It sounded like touring on a small scooter might just be possible.

    We could easily have talked for a lot longer but I didn't want to hold him up too long as he was planning on making it down to Mt Cheaha area and camp. I offered to lead a short ride on some scenic roads that would only be a small detour and end up on 431 south of Guntersville. So I led off out of town and even managed to get an over the shoulder shot.

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    We turned on to Wyeth drive. This is a really scenic and very twisty and hilly road. We stopped to get a few pics.

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    And then I let Heatery lead so I could get some more pics on the go.

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    After Wyeth Dr I took the lead and we rode up Wyeth Mountain Road and then some more back roads until we came out on 431 somewhere in Albertsville. We stopped and said our goodbyes. Heatery headed South to hopefully find a place to camp near Mt Cheaha and I turned around and headed back towards Guntersville. It was great meeting another scooter rider who actually rides and is active on this forum. I'm looking forward to reading his ride report and seeing how his trip turned out.
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    I rode back down Wyeth Mountain road which at this point had water rushing over part of it. I think the water tank on the mountain had sprung a major leak. I turned right on 227 and then left down a road that looked interesting on Google Maps. It was a dead end but a nice ride.

    Some nice houses on this road.

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    Then I explored another road off of 227.

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    Then one more road but I didn't get any pics of it.

    A few last pics on I-565 back in Huntsville. The Saturn Five rocket is just left of center in this next pic.

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    Approaching warp speed......

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    Ludicrous speed.:lol3

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    Not bad for 155cc. Ignore the blurry pic, the scooter was perfectly smooth at that speed.

    I finished up the ride at Logan's Roadhouse where I met Debbi and enjoyed a free Veteran's day dinner.
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  14. gulfcoaster

    gulfcoaster Been here awhile

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    What the heck is that building in the 4th pic? Looks like it was meant to be a dam.

    Enjoy your veteran's day and thank you for your service.
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    That building? Good question. I have no idea what it is but it just looked like it would make an interesting picture.
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    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Your killing it klav,

    fantastic as always!!

    Thanks for the link to Heatery.
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    Looks to be a grain elevator. Been to many over the years taking products in and out. As always, great pictures and narrative. Thanks Klaviator.
    Belated happy Veteran's Day to all who served.
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    Just stopped by for another fix of klav's excellent adventures! :drink
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  19. ultrasheen

    ultrasheen Been here awhile

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    Right near there is a dog food factory, Purina I think. I always assumed this was part of it.

    I tried Googling it, but came up snake-eyes. Maybe the Purina logo is just a painted-on reminder of what's now gone...
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    There is a large plant off of 227 just East and across the water from Guntersville.

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    The large structure I took a picture of is probably a half a mile further East. Next time I'm there I'll pay more attention and try to figure out exactly what it is. A grain elevator would make sense as blacktruck mentioned.