Lower Alabama (LA)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Heatery, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Hello everyone. My name is Bella. During the week I proudly serve as a cat perch on my front porch. On the weekends I get to run around and shed some of that cat fur.

    My companion, who I call Mr. Munch a lot, takes me on small adventures to wherever seems interesting.

    I really don't like the busy roads and in the beginning I was in the clear. We even got to see a great place called Pitcher plant park. It was the middle of the summer so it wasn't the best time of year for pitcher plants but Mr Munch a Lot tells me there was a great grove of ferns. I wasn't allowed on the boardwalk. Fern groves are hard to find in LA.

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  2. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    After the park we went on through a small town and noticed a sign on a building. Mr Munch a Lot took notice and we are making plans to go back and visit.
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    We turned onto the busy highway. Did I mention that I am not crazy about busy highways. I am always worried that someone doesn't see my pretty blue frame. Anyway.... as we were going down the highway MMA almost ripped out all my breaks when he saw this. I guess he thought his truck wasn't big enough to hall groceries.
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    Just in case you have the same problem it appears they know how to build them here in Lower Alabama. Personally I don't understand it. If I could find a pretty yellow scooter to hang with I might be more interested. Well with Mr Munch a Lot felling more testosterone we moved on.
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  3. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    As the traffic got thicker. Wow, there are a lot of tourists in Gulf Shores. Mr. Munch a Lot caught something out of the corner of his eye and almost popped my gaskets trying to get ahead of traffic so we could turn around. Turn around!!! for what? For this.....
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    Seriously? A '69 Torino. Honestly I don't know why he looks at these ugly cages. I am much more interesting and pretty. He left me sitting in the sun while he took about a million pics of all kinds of stuff. He even saw this. I have to admit I liked it too.
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  4. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    After getting some serious looks from some girl who was praising my lines and color we shoved off. Mr Munch a Lot turned down a long straight road. I have to admit I was getting pretty bored and tired of keeping ahead of traffic on a busy two lane. Nothing but condos and beach houses. Finally we stopped and looked at this. Peaceful but the pic doesn't do it justice. It is the last unspoiled sand dune in the peninsula.
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    After feeling the breeze and taking in all this beauty we picked up and headed on. Not much further we came to the reason for the trip. Yet another place I couldn't follow and was stuck sitting in the parking lot. MMA had a great time checking out the museum where he found one of his great interests. Fresnel lenses.
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    Out on the grounds was FT Morgan. A civil war era fort that was used all the way up to World War one. Here is me at the entrance where I had to stay.

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  5. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Mr Munch a Lot came back and showed me some really cool stuff like....
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    and the chambers for all the old cannons. Can you imagine what it sounded like in there?
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    The tracks where the guns were turned are even still there.

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  6. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Then he showed me the pics of how the barracks were set up.
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    This is an example of where the women who washed the clothes with lived with there children. They were not popular with the men so the history tells.
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    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    He showed me some of the walls of the compound. These were huge. I can't believe they were built pre civil war.
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    Here is one of the entire compound.

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    There were plenty of upgrades made to the fort for WWI but only the pits for the huge "duck behind the walls guns" remained. Pits are not good pics so MMA didn't take any. Still he had a great time and the entrance fee for veterans is free. MMA is a veteran but he chose to pay after his visit because he enjoyed it so.
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  8. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    With the visit to the museum over Mr Much a Lot was not living up to his name. All day in 90 degree heat with no food or water. It was time for both of us to take a break.

    However, MMA is picky. He wanted Greek food. We searched everywhere and got lost twice and finally found the place which was closed. He settled on a Mellow Mushroom.
    I can tell he ate too much, because my springs were compressed a little too much when he came back. Also you know he didn't find apple pie since they didn't roll him back to me. I was happy for the break but it was time to head home. 180 miles and didn't even leave my own county. You have to love that.

    See you next time Mr Munch a Lot goes out. In the mean time I will keep his cat safe from the ugly neighborhood dogs.
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  9. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Hey y'all. It's me, Bella again. It's time to put my kitty sitting duties on hold, because Mr Munch a Lot wants to go out again. Wahoo!!

    Today he told me I had to go to the doctor. I wasn't feeling poorly. I felt great, but I did have a warning light that was bugging me, so we went.

    It was forecasted to rain pretty heavily so Mr Munch put his liner into his new riding suit.

    First we headed out for breakfast since it was 6 a.m. You know how Mr Munch a Lot likes to eat. This is his favorite place to eat. He tells me that there are very few places where his money is well spent. This is one of them. I was surprised to find my shocks only slightly loaded this morning. That was a relief.

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    Two hours later (you know Vespa time and all) we made it back to where Mr Munch and I first fell in love.
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  10. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    He gave me to them to have my 600 mile check up and get rid of the pesky engine light. No worries I'm o.k. The light turned out to be a bogus code from last years mapping. New maps and the code was cleared. I was happy to find I only needed an oil change. All in all I was there 3 hours. It was lunch time. A local rider told Mr Munch he might be able to find good apple pie at a local place called Scenic hwy 90 Cafe. It was a neat little place with a 1950's theme. The building was neat but you will miss it if your not careful.
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    Mr. Munch told me the Pie was nothing special. It was named Apple Crunch, but it was missing the crunch and the crust was more like cake.
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    He also told me the sandwich he got was phenomenal. He ordered the vegetarian PoBoy. The diner had a soda fountain and a machine that would fresh squeeze oranges right in front of you. He didn't take pics because he was too busy stuffing his face. Typical of Mr. Munch a Lot.
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    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    From there we headed out just to cruise around Pensacola and look for anything interesting. There was too much traffic, so off we went. We came here via Hwy 90, but we wanted to take a different route home. We decided to take Hwy 112 back to Bay Minette. It wasn't long before we got the itch to explore off the Hwy. We came along this and thought sure, lets check it out.
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    At first we were having a good time. :rofl

    Then we started to see some things like this. IMG_20170805_152037451.jpg

    The pic doesn't really do it justice but for a city girl like me, Mr. Munch was really making me worried. I held my own and carried on.

    Then we saw this!!!! Mr Munch. I can't swim.:dirtdog
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    He assured me I would be Ok, so I let him turn off the traction control, and on we went. He was right. I didn't die. So we kept going. Now wait just a minute......Every girl has her limit. This is mine.:hair

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    Thankfully I didn't have to put my foot down. Mr. Munch agreed and we turned around.
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  12. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Finally back on the hardtop. I am in the clear. Now we can cruise on home like the civilized pretty Vespa that I am, but Mr. Munch had other plans. He came across this sign on Hwy 112 and it reminded him of old times I guess, and he wanted to explore.:baldy

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    So down another dirt road. 5 miles of....

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    and all my bones were rattling and my springs were hurting, my feet were killing me. Mr. Munch.......

    Well he learned how to stand up and ride so he was fine. He pushed me over 20 miles per hour down this crap when he finally had to slow down for this.
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  13. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Loose gravel and mud. Oh, how fun. Not very flattering to my pretty blue paint. I just kept my mouth shut and we pressed on.

    After another mile or so we stopped for this.

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    I thought we would turn around but.....

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    To be honest it wasn't too bad. At least I got some of the dirt off my shoes. We kept plugging down that dirt road for a couple more miles before Mr. Munch got frustrated. He said a few choice words and stated that no canoe launch was worth all this. After looking at a map later, the road never got close enough to the river to have a launch. I am not sure why that sign even exists. We must have made a wrong turn somewhere. Worry not. We did see some navigable water if you are man enough.

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    Well, 5 miles in. You know what that means.:baldy

    5 miles back out. The only good thing about the whole journey was Mr. Munch was totally worn out by the time we hit the hardtop.:lol3 Serves him right.

    Finally on the tarmac we stopped for the last interesting thing before we made it home. I guess in Alabama you can put a mailbox on anything.:hmmmmm

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    Well, until next time. Hope to see you out there.
    Bella,
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  14. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Hey Bella again.

    Before I begin my story Mr Munch has something to say.

    Hey all. Mr Munch a Lot here. On my way to Panera (the best chain on the planet), I stopped at the store to get some salmon to go with my weekly bagel. While I was in line to get checked out, the checker mistakenly thought my salmon was part of the guys order in front of me. He was getting bagels and cream cheese so, it made sense. I made a small joke and said, "it should be, since they go so well together". His response............

    I'm not a Yankee so I don't do that. Now, full disclosure I am a transplant. However, I have been living in Alabama better than 30 years.

    To all who visit here remember, this guy was a jerk. Being "Southern" is not a birth right. It is an attitude. An attitude that absolutely begins with being polite. So I ask....

    Who is the "Southerner"?
    Rant over, I will hand things back to Bella who has her own deserved complaints.:(
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  15. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    It's me Bella again. Today's adventure started out as normal as any. Warming up my motor and shedding cat fur.:hair

    We headed out early with plans of finding a camping destination for the fall.

    We were leaving town when I told Mr Munch to get a pic of the courthouse of Bay Minette. Not many towns have a town square anymore. We really like small town life.
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    Pretty isn't it? It's funny how you never seem to look at your own home town. I am glad I stopped him for this.

    We then headed out toward Atmore on Hwy 31. It was a nice ride. We never broke 45 MPH. Traffic was light and people could easily get around us, so we just took it easy.
    Mr Munch has been there many times, but he told me since he is working he doesn't have a chance to appreciate the sights.

    This was one of the more interesting ones. They preserved the train station. Since only cargo runs these days, it never gets used, but I could imagine all the people standing around on the platform saying bye to loved ones.
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    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    After our brief step back in history we moved on. We went through a small town called Canoe. No pic since it is not much more than a sign. It's not close to the river and they don't make canoes, so I am not sure what that thats all about.

    Our next stop of interest was Brewton. This is a very nice town. It has somehow kept all of the old charm of a 1940's type town. We were greeted by the smallest movie theater in the world.
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    It's actually the town Marquee. I found it really charming. It is right across the street from the RR tracks, with some industrial building right there. You can almost see the trains stopping there to load up.

    Near the Marquee we stopped at this mural. I love it when towns do this. It shows their cultural herritage.
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    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    We moved on through town. We came across a bridge with an interesting sign. Mr Munch a Lot says he knew about it, but he has no idea why they call it this. I hope it's about crows.

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    As we moved out of town, Brewton threw one last curveball. I bet horses wish this were the case.

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    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    We left Brewton on Hwy 29. What a great quiet Hwy to ride on. We rode for nearly 20 miles and barely saw a single cage.

    29 was supposed to take us to the Conecuh national Forest. However, as usual Mr Munch got distracted by a sign on the Hwy. I dind't know what this place was, but off we went.

    We turned off on to Co RD 43. Wow, that was a beautiful road to ride on. We were so far back in the woods, you would think that you would never come out. It finally dead ended into Co Rd 42. Another nice ride ended us up here. Why here? What is he thinking? He knew all along where he was going. If he thinks I'm going in there he's nuts.:loco

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    He was thinking about it, I could tell. Clearly he doesn't know just how cute and delicate I am. He went inside and was gone for what seemed like forever. Even in Vespa time. When he came back he was laughing, and showed me what happed to the last pretty scooter that went in there.

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    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    For those of you who enjoy this kind of thing, it has a campground, a restaurant, and more trails than you can shake a stick at. I bet Mr Munch could have had a ball in there.

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    The pic doesn't do it justice. You can't see 90% of the park from the restaurant.

    We moved on, but found some places along the Hwy that gave the park it's name.

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    We also saw this great looking pond. It was across the street from a mansion, but this guys pond was more impressive with less funding.:rofl

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    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Since Mr Munch was getting low on fuel, and our side trip took us close to Andalusia, we went there. We found a wonderful place to eat called Ophelias Italian restaurant. When Mr Munch came out, the "Waddle" he had told me I was in for a load. Boy was I right.
    My suspension is wonderfully calibrated so let me take a guess at what he had. :hmmmmm

    Eggplant Parmesan? I asked him and I was right. He told me quite simply......

    Scooters were invented so he could experience........
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    He said it was the best money he has spent in a long time. I guess, if you go to Andalusia you should look them up. The outside of the building isn't much, but it is white cloth tabletops and good service. He even hugged the cook......Chef.
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