NYC to NOLA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by yauhen, May 14, 2011.

  1. yauhen

    yauhen Adventurer

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    Did this trip in 8 days during my spring break (April19 -26)

    I'd like to thank my friend for inspring me on making this trip happen. He and his friend actually did a similar route, starting three days before me.

    The trip for me was not about riding per se since most of it was slabbing(except Tennessee part) but about getting places and meeting people.

    Here are the highlights of the trip
    Day 1, NYC to DC. Rain in the forecast but I was prepared rocking those stylish boots:
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    A warm welcome to a friend's house:
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    Day 2, DC to Tennessee
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    Brought a spare half helmet with me just in case and took my friend in TN for her first motorcycle ride:
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    Johnson City, TN has a few nice bars with lots of tight pant hipster folks and traveling bands:
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    Day 3, Tennessee to Birmingam, Al
    Woke up early and rode some beautiful roads. My friends from NYC who started the same trip three days before where on their way back and we agreed to meet up in TN .
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    Met up with my friends:
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    And guess which way we headed:
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    Yep, rode Deal's Gap and even though we took it easy, I fell in love with that road. We were lucky that there were just few people there that Thursday morning.

    Had a nice Mexican dinner. Was very nice to hang with friends but we had to split up: boys north, me south, to stay in a hotel at Alabama.
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  2. yauhen

    yauhen Adventurer

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    Day 4, Alabama to Hammond, LA

    First gas station south of Alabama was the sketchiest one I ever been to. It made East New York seem a walk on the beach. I didn't even dare to pull out my camera and just rode on until I got out of Alabama.

    A gas station in Mississipi :
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    I made it safely to Hammond, LA - a nice little college town 40 miles away from New Orleans and had a really good time there





    Day 5, NOLA

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    Day 6, back to Birmingam, Al

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    Crowded downtown streets on Easter Sunday. Felt a bit creepy by the way.
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    Day 7, Alabama to NC

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    most mileage I've got out of a tank (I'm sure I could go more than that)
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    Day 8, NC to NYC
    Chesepeake Bridge-Tunnel
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    Stopped by for delicius seafood:
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    And saw something posted on the wall that resonated with me a lot:
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    Coastal Virginia:
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    I was really tempted to drive inbetween this guy's tires
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    MD squid
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    Back home.
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