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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    After crossing over Bay St. Louis we were prompted to turn left to stay on Hwy 90. Big mistake. We should have stayed on 607 and turned left on 604. Turning onto Hwy 90 was 20 miles of the worst road in the south for this Vespa. It was bone jarring. Mr. Munch had to stay hunched over to avoid jarring his back for what seemed like 20 miles.

    607 to 604 is a much smoother, much nicer ride. Plus is dumps you out past most of the bad part of Hwy 90.

    Before getting to New Orleans "proper," we traveled through Bayou Sauvage. Here you will see how they zoned the flood stages. We also found this great home. More character. Also, Cudo's to the guy who figured out that building a wood home on the coast is not a great way to survive a hurricane.

    If you can afford to live here. You can afford to do it right. Check this out.

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    A monolithic dome. How cool. We have never seen one in the south. Mr. Munch thought that maybe they were too heavy to be on soft soil. I guess he learned something today. This one is trying to levitate. How cool is that?

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  2. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Somewhere near these homes you cross a bridge. It's a tall bridge, but keep a look out to the south. Here is a piece of history that we almost missed. Ft Pike. It's a Civil War Ft. It has a sister just down the road called Ft Macomb. We didn't know that was there, but the internet says there is no access to it.

    We tried to get to it but the state has let it fall into ruins. We took this pic as we headed home. I'm sure the Sheriff would have frowned on this one taken from the bridge.

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    Here is a closer look.

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  3. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Also, along the Bayou we took a picture of this bridge. Mr. Munch has a thing for old bridges. This bridge is so narrow, there is a traffic light to stop traffic when a wide load is going through.

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    Bridges like this have style and character you don't find today. Enjoy them while we can.

    Mr. Munch took only one pic in New Orleans. You see, Mr. Munch only came here for a beignet and a bowl of gumbo. Neither of which he got.:hair

    We rolled into New Orleans on Hwy 90. It doesn't drop you into a confidence inspiring part of the city. We tried to navigate using his phone, but stopping every couple of streets to pull out the phone became a problem.

    We really aren't set up for navigation problems. I should get him to fix that.

    After wandering around for a while, we managed to find the Vespa dealer. I got to meet some of my cousins. One of them was decked out with a sound system. The pic doesn't do it justice. It was loud with very impressive bass and mid tones.

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    After leaving there, we headed out for the beignet. We found a Cafe DuMond, but the line was stacked around the block. Mr. Munch likes his pastries but, there is a limit.

    Being very frustrated with navigation around the city, combined with the fact this is not Mr. Munches kind of atmosphere. We made a B line to the interstate. Yep, you guessed it. A screaming 70 Mph Vespa, hightailing it out of town.

    We found an exit back to Hwy 90 and headed home.

    We had a fantastic dinner at Salute Italian seafood in Gulfport. Don't miss this. Mr. Munch got the Salute Supreme Pasta. He subbed the Alfredo for home made Marinara. I am glad he ate so well. He was getting cranky. He didn't get a pic. He was having a nice conversation with the couple at the bar next to him, so he forgot. She even gave him a hug before he left. They sure are nice in Gulfport.

    Back in Mobile it was dark and we attempted to pose with the battleship all lit up. They didn't come out good. Crappy point and shoot camera. Here you go anyway. Maybe your minds eye can make it better.

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  4. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Here is the last pic of the ship and trip.

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    380 Miles, no food or drink for 10 hours, riding for 14 hours, no beignet and no gumbo. Well, I suppose any day Mr. Munch and I get to hang out and see what's out there is a good day.

    Hope to see you out there.
    Love Bella,
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  5. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    A great day/report!!!! Thanks
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  6. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Hey Y'all. It's Bella again.

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    We are running out of new things to show you within a days ride of home. We managed to go see a few things that peeked out interest. It's more about the wind on our faces for us anyway.

    We decided to go get another piece of that wonderful apple pie from the Oasis Truck stop on I-10. We talked about this in the past so I will spare you the details.

    While we were in the neighborhood, we went to check out the local shooting range. Now, we didn't take any pictures. This is Alabama after all. Conspiracy theories fly like the wind here, and they may turn the gun on the camera. :gun1

    Mr. Munch being a shooter does understand this feeling of distrust, but to him, it doesn't hold water. That being said, we kept the privacy of the shooters.

    I told you that useless information to show that if we hadn't gone there we wouldn't have known about the Styx River ATV park.

    There you can ride on 150 acres, swim in the river, or rent a canoe to take down the river. It was an interesting find but, if you don't like sand you might no like it.

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    I went back to where the canoes are pulled out of the river. As you can see the sand is quite deep. Turning off my traction control was necessary to even begin to move. See what Mr. Munch tracked in.

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    With traction control turned off I boogied right on through with no problems. Mr. Munch.......Not so much. He found out that he wasn't as good on sand as he remembered from his youth. :dizave

    No problem, I have plenty of patience for him.
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  7. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Our next local adventure. Right before Mr. Munch moved here they shut down the rest area on 31 just south of Bay Minette. It is blocked off to traffic to keep ne'er do wells out.
    Since we are not ne'er do wells, we went around the barricade to see what happens when the city just lets something go. All we left were footprints.

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    It had a pretty nice picnic area as well for a state highway rest stop.

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    The property would make a great place to put a house. I wonder......
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  8. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    The next weekend we took off mostly to try out winter riding gear. Mr. Munch doesn't own any proper gear so he made do with a rain liner to cut the wind, and big leather lineman gloves to go over his riding gloves. At 47 degrees and 55 Mph it worked pretty well, even if he did look silly with those gloves.

    On the ride we were on the lookout for Alabama snow. It's the time of year and Mr. Munch really likes to see it. We did find some so we thought you would like it too.

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    We were just meandering around so, I don't have any good location information on these trips.

    Somewhere in the wandering we came across another creek with a strange name. Honestly, people in the old days must have just named things by whatever was happening to them. I was almost murdered at Murder Creek but, that toothache at Toothache creek now, that was something to remember. :lol2


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    Moving on. We went up Hwy 87 towards Hwy 112. Plenty of back road riding here. Mr. Munch got chilled after a while so, I suggested we take a break in the sun. While he was warming up he thought he would pass the time by playing with the camera. Here is his best "regal" pose.:drif
    I don't look to bad either.

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  9. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    After we hit Hwy 112, we went back to Bay MInette for some gas. After a fill up we decided to do some more dirt riding. :clap

    One of Mr. Munches favorite "activities" is to hang out in a hammock. Dirt roads are perfect for that. We took a long ride down a road called Brady Rd. It is a dirt road that runs through a lot of paper company land.

    While we were back there looking for a place to hang a hammock, we found a family cemetery. You don't see these often. The oldest plot we could see is 1890's. The youngest person was a 2 year old child in the early 1900's. You could just hear the sorrow of the parents when you viewed the stone. Proper respects paid we moved on.

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    After a proper hammock hang to test a new Ridgeline, it started to get too cold to just lay out and listen to the wind, so we started home.

    The ever so vigilant Mr. Munch almost killed us. While going through the only place on the road with any real mud. At 25 Mph to boot. Hey!! that fast for a Vespa in the mud.:ricky

    He decided that was a good time to start looking off into the woods. We slid off the path into a deep rut with, you guessed it, a big rock in the middle of the rut. :dirtdog:asshat

    He didn't drop me but, he was rather embarrassed for pounding my suspension. Plus he got me all dirty. What a jerk.

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    Well, that is all the adventure for this trip. Still waiting for my bath.:hair

    Until next time. We hope to see you out there.
    Love Bella,
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  10. eaglescan

    eaglescan Borrego rocks

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    Sorry about the mud, but it proves you were off road!. Hope Mr. M used some baby soap on your skin.
    I have a question too, are those shiny things on the end of your bars there to save your lever's when you bank into the corners real low?
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  11. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    No. I am told my older siblings had a problem with wobble when there was a top box installed. The bar weights are supposed to lessen that wobble. At least that is the way I understand it. It must work. I have never had any problems.

    Just FYI. I still don't have my bath. What is wrong with this guy. Rides hard and puts me up wet. Someday I will show him. Right to the side of the road.:jack
  12. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    Told you before "Mr.Munch Alot" Bella will be Rebella'ing and leave you stranded if you don't treat her like the Lady she is. Break out the wash stuff man. It's the least you can do for such a loyal companion. And give her a service with the "expensive" oil once in a while as well. She deserves it.
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  13. eaglescan

    eaglescan Borrego rocks

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    I just thought the extra weight of dirt might cut top speed by 5 or 10 . Thanks for the info on the bar thingys.
  14. NxtGoRnd

    NxtGoRnd This Time Around, Wearing Out Tires

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    Hi Bella and Mr. Munch loving your ride report and pics! I have family in Bayou La Batre, Theodore, and Mobile and have spent much time around these places you ride Bay Minette, Bellingrath Gardens, Dauphin Island. I remember after Hurricane Camille the causeway to the island was washed out had to use the ferry for access a lot of the homes were gone and Fredric was also bad. I have two cousins who died from cancer that worked as welders in the Mobile ship yards and another who worked there that has Mesothelioma now. So enough sad, beautiful area and I hope your seat cover has recovered.

    Will be making a trip down with Sasha my Pup and the Ural in the next couple weeks would be great to meat you. Can you still drive on the Beach on the West end of the island?
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  15. YJake

    YJake PAR Nation

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  16. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Ural. Never actually seen one of those. I'm still a working sucker , but if you make it on the weekend I can try to meet. Just let me know.
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  17. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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  18. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    Tell Mr Munch there is a lot of cool stuff up here in northern Alabama and he should think about a road trip next year.
  19. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Funny you should mention that. Mr. Munch and I just planned a quick trip for this Veterans day weekend. We plan to circumnavigate the state. It's more of an endurance run than a sight seeing trip.

    Mr. Munch has had two back surgeries but he wants to see how far he can get. He is preparing for a Colorado run someday.

    This trip should be around 900 miles over a four day weekend. Our usual weekend trips are around 14 hours long, wich is a long day but, we somehow never seem to log much more than about 250 - 300 miles.

    We are going to try to cover more miles in less time. He want to do about the same range in 8 hours. That means no dilly dallying.

    We would like to meet for a coffee or something but we cannot predict when we will be in your area. We are hoping to stop in Muscle shoals area Friday night. That is if we make it that far.

    Hope to see you out there.

    Love Bella,
  20. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    We are planning to be out of town over Veterans day weekend. If you are coming down another weekend let us know. We know the best places to eat.
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