Lower Alabama (LA)

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

  1. NxtGoRnd

    NxtGoRnd This Time Around, Wearing Out Tires

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    Great Hope you two have a safe and fun trip we won't be down this weekend but still looking forward to meeting I hope. Do you have a planned route for this weekend?
  2. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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  3. NxtGoRnd

    NxtGoRnd This Time Around, Wearing Out Tires

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    Sounds like a good route PM me or post on your way back down I may be going towards Dothan.
  4. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    Spy camera catches Bella and Mr Munch on the causeway going into Guntersville. There may be more pics to follow.

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  5. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Looks like a great thread Heatery. Just got turned on to it from klaviator.

    I've got some catching up to do here!
  6. bnsutton

    bnsutton 2017 R1200 GSA

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    There is some beautiful riding to be had in the Guntersville area. Looking forward to your pictures and adventure.
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    A view from inside Guntersville State Park.
  7. The Virginian

    The Virginian Long timer

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    Excellent thread heatery! Funny thing is, I named my Vespa Bella too! ;) :jkam
  8. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    Bella, it was great meeting you and Mr Munch. I can assure you that while we were inside eating and talking, that Mr Munch had nothing but good things to say about you. I will let you tell the rest of the story since you are a much better story teller than I am. Feel free to use any of the pictures from my ride report.

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  9. Hashbrowns

    Hashbrowns Adventurer

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    Really enjoyed reading through your thread. Thanks for sharing with us.
  10. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Bella is a great name. It just fits, doesn't it? Thanks for reading our report.
  11. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Welcome aboard. We hope you enjoy it.
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  12. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    Hey Y'all. It's me Bella again.

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    Before I tell you about me hauling Mr. Munch all over Dixie let me give a small update to my seat cover.

    He is enjoying $2500 worth of recovery. He is doing well but his foot injury is still in a splint. Depending on well "it" recovers depends on if there will be an amputation. Wonky seat covers are still warm but not as cute so let's wish him well since he came out to see me.

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    Now back to my story.
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  13. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    As predicted we didn't take a lot of photos on the trip so I hope you still enjoy the story.
    Our trip started out with Mr Munch trying to figure out how to preload my shocks. I have big hips, I know, but there isn't much room to adjust shocks. In the process he broke the tabs off my lower panel.:(

    Finally, he figured it out and began to load up the gear. 900 miles and at least 3 campgrounds.:wings

    Here is what I look like all loaded up. Pretty sexy if I do say so myself.

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    It was running in the mid 50's that day so, Mr Munch bundled up. Just look how cute he is all pudgy and warm.:crash

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    He saw other people riding with a bag between their legs so we tried it too. He dropped that stupid thing 5 times in the first 10 miles. We changed up, and repacked after that.

    We headed to Mobile to catch Hwy 45 North. Somewhere after a town called Citronelle we turned onto Hwy 17 which took us all the way to a town called Hamilton. There isn't much to say about this route. It's deserted for the most part. That's good, but it is so straight you could almost see the entire 200 miles of it.

    It winds through a bunch of small towns, Butler being the last "major" town. They were having a Veterans ceremony when we arrived. We had a delightful conversation with a couple of "seasoned" women who were just crooning over me. Mr. Munch was polite but, didn't talk too long since he was not sure of the mileage we would make that day.

    The rest of the towns were logging towns. They kind of made you feel like old mining towns. The entire town is dedicated to the logging venture.

    Mr. Munch did get one surprise and so did I. Neither one of us knew I could do an "endo".:jack

    While crossing the Tombigbee river he spotted his first wild American Bald Eagle flying in a heat rise over the river. After my back tire came back to the ground, we tried to swing for a pic but the eagle was too far away.:( You will just have to believe me. John Denver watched from above and said, "He's no longer a poorer man".
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  14. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    As we arrived in Muscle Shoals the sun was down and it was getting much colder. So, we decided to camp a little differently.

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    It was already after dark, very cold and an hour at least to Joe Wheeler state park. In short Mr. Munch wimped out.:gerg

    We did have a nice meal at the local Shoney's. It was complete with a grease monkey, covered in grease from head to toe, and never bothered to wash his hands. Do you think that stopped Mr. Munch? Not on your life.:fpalm

    He came back out at least 3cm heavier on my shocks. Honestly, some boys will never learn.
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  15. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    The next day was sunny, but still a little chilly. We bundled up and looked for a Panera bread.

    We crossed Tennessee River into Florence. We missed our turn and went into what looked like old down town Florence. What charm this town has. Many of the shops cater to the schools right there, so it keeps old town in good standing.

    After a hearty breakfast we texted another inmate on the forum we all know and love, Klaviator.

    For those of you who don't know, it was Klaviator's inspired trips and fabulous photos that convinced Mr. Munch a lot to fall in love with me.

    We rode Hwy 72 into Huntsville. Mr Munch used to live in Huntsville 20 years ago. He couldn't remember anything. Is it progress or age?

    Finally, we met Klaviator right on time for lunch. He took a picture of me crossing the causeway in Guntersville.

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    He likes to take photos, so here we are seeing him for the first time.

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    Klaviator suggested we go to the local Mexican place. Mr. Munch was finally able to return the favor and get a pic of Klaviator.

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    That sure is a sweet ride. I know I'm Italian, but hey, if you're cute you're cute. :raabia Sorry Mr. Munch.

    Mr Munch told me how fascinating the life Klaviator has led. All those places he was able to visit while being a pilot in the service. He said he still flies commercially but only small planes. Like, that isn't impressive.:rayof
    He even used to sell motorcycles!!! How cool is that. Seeing the new models first and then showing people how to fulfill their dreams.

    All in all, Klaviator is an interesting guy with an interesting life. We encourage y'all to have lunch with him sometime.
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  16. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    After a modest lunch this time. Klaviator took us on a small tour of Guntersville. Since we don't have any real twisties in Mobile, he gave us a real treat. He mentioned the roads, but we were having so much fun we forgot the names. He took some cool pics though.

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    Next turn..

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    and passing by....

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    The entire road was a great set of twisties like this. :ricky:ricky

    What a treat. Thanks Klaviator!!!!
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  17. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    It was time to say goodbye to Klaviator. He put us back on our path of 431 south toward Cheaha State park. It was a nice warm sunny day and we were hoping to get some camping in.

    Somewhere after Gasden, we happened on a small town that was really showing its Veterans it cared in a way that touched Mr. Munch enough he had to take a pic. I'm sure it's been done in a lot of places, but today, it was the place, any place, our place.

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    The USA in this case is presumably US Army. Others were marked USMC, and USN. Being a veteran himself, Mr. Munch appreciates the effort people put into these projects. Remember the fallen......

    A little further down the line we found proof. Not only is the world not flat, but neither is Alabama. Who knew?

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    We finally arrived in Oxford around 5PM. Sun was going down, rain clouds were moving in....... You guessed it. We camped at the Super 8. 0 for 2. Yep, I am counting up his wussy points.:fpalm

    The next day, well it was sprinkling. It had rained the night before. Mr. Munch let me sit under the stairwell to keep me dry.:crash

    I have to admit, now it was even colder. Mr. Munch put on his "big boy pants", bundled up and we headed out for breakfast. Of course, he got lost going to a restaurant 1/2 mile away. 12 miles later we got there.:asshat

    It was a Bo Jangles. We have never eaten there before. I waited patiently in the rain while he sat inside and had friendly conversations with the local old timers.

    They were telling him of all the great Bo Jangles in the area. So, he thought it would be a good time to pick on them.....

    "So, what you're telling me is, you eat too much junk food". :stupid

    They all laughed and he bundled up to take us to Cheaha State park.

    Looking at the map shows a road that goes down through the entire Talledega National Forest starting just past Liberty Hill. The road is RD 500.

    We traveled the entire Rabbitown Rd and back in the rain in the low 50's. That is roughly 30 miles with wet gloves. Poor Mr. Munch. :(

    The only road that looked like it could be RD 500 was a logging trail. Not quite a road. Not appropriate for a girl like me in this weather.

    After going all the way back to Oxford for dry gloves, we started out again on 431 South to 281 which leads you to Cheaha State park.

    Finally a view......Almost.

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  18. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    At little further down 281 we found another over look.

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    Now to be a little less "all about me"

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    After a few more twisties, we found our golden nugget.

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  19. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    After leaving the camping area, we continued down 281 to leave the area. We found a couple of cool places to take some sexy pics of me.

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    Here is one of me looking up the mountain. We almost lost Mr Munch for this shot.

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    Here is one of me near what Mr. Munch calls the "Rock Garden".

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  20. Heatery

    Heatery Worry free by mile 3.

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    It would be a shame if my beauty distracted you from the awesomeness of the garden so....

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    A little further down the road is a campground that doesn't get all the hype that the top of the mountain gets.

    I know we stayed at a Super 8 last night but Cheaha was booked solid and we never would have found this after dark in the rain. It did make Mrs. Munch upset for not even trying. This trip is getting expensive.

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    The Super 8 was low budget but it had a better bathroom than this.

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