Short Notice Old Man Willy-Nilly Grand Tour

Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by x32792, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. x32792

    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    First of September, I'm rolling out of Central Florida, turning left in Perry to Crestview, north to Ripton, Alabama, picking up Hwy 84 to Nachez, Mississippi, then on to the Natchez Trace which I will follow to just south of Nashville. I then plan to turn east towards North Georgia to Savannah and follow the coast back to Florida.

    I will be mounted on my new-to-me, low mileage, 2014 Suzuki V Strom 1000. I don't go fast, but I do like to go long. Cheap motels and Mom'n'Pop Diners all the way.

    Anyone interested in joining is welcome - Drop me a PM or email. Offers to spend the night in your barn with your teenage daughters will be declined (the old woman I live with frowns on this sort of behavior).

    Any suggestions of places I MUST stop will be appreciated...World's largest Hair Ball, good BBQ and the like.

    John
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  2. gulfcoaster

    gulfcoaster Been here awhile

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    Although it would create a little detour...if you're taking 84 thru Alabama it would be worth taking Hwy 41 from Monroeville to Camden. It's the best Twisties we have to offer in Lower Alabama.

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  3. x32792

    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    ^^Thank you. This info has been duly posted on my phone memo pad. Think I was very near there when I visited Burnt Corn a year or so ago.
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    gulfcoaster Been here awhile

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    You were real close. I can't imagine what would take you to burnt corn though. Oh and congrats on the new bike.

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  5. x32792

    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    ^^Burnt Corn survived the Civil War. It's a historical oddity in the middle of nowhere. The general store-slash-post office was closed when I visited, but I understand it had been in operation until just recently.
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    gulfcoaster Been here awhile

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    Good to know. I'll have to stop by there next time I'm in the area instead of just flying past it.

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    KTee Been here awhile

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    Are you planning to be back on Monday?
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    ineptizoid I'm scared hold me

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    I second gulfcoaster's recommendation to run Hwy 41 from Monroeville to Camden, and then stop in for a bite at Dallas Soul Food (on your left on Hwy 41 as you come into Camden), I've been there a handful of times and never left hungry or disappointed.

    I've never been to Natchez but several people have recommended the fried chicken at the Old Country Store in Lorman MS if I'm ever in the area. I love fried chicken, and more than one trusted source has told me it's the best fried chicken they've EVER had...I'd definitely stop there if I were passing thru Natchez!
    https://www.natcheztracetravel.com/...2-old-country-store-restaurant-lorman-ms.html

    I'd also suggest a stop at the Wichahpi Commemorative Wall, it's right off the trace just north of Florence AL, not even a detour and well worth the stop:
    https://www.natcheztracetravel.com/...-tennessee-river/456-wichahpi-stone-wall.html

    I don't think you'd regret stopping at Puckett's Grocery in Leiper's Fork for a bite to eat, only a few minutes off the Trace before ya get to Nashville. Good country cooking, and Leiper's Fork is a cool little motorcycle-friendly town.
    https://visitfranklin.com/see-and-do/leipers-fork
    Enjoy your trip! Once you hit East Tn you'll be in the heart of the best riding in the southeast U.S., but I bet you already knew that:ricky
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  9. x32792

    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    ^^Furiously taking notes.
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  10. mandatedmotorvation

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    Eat doughnuts while you're in Natchez. Any of them will do.

    Creatively titled; The Donut Shop is where my money (and confessions) would go.

    Bridge in Natchez is a neat experience, as well. Plus, they have a Dodge's Store there. A cool slice of home, for me.
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    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    After further research, seems the lower Natchez Trace is considered 'boring' by some so I'll get off at Lorman to have the World's Best Fried Chicken, then go up the Blues Hwy 61 to Clarksdale. At Clarksdale, I'll head east to Tupelo and pick up the Trace once again. Blues Hwy looks interesting.

    Currently in a holding pattern until the Irma crisis passes.
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  12. YJake

    YJake Wrenchin'

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    This trip ever happen or did Irma take your day away? :D

    -Jake
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    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    @Jake. Power came back on today at 1:05. Clean up took days, but nothing serious. I hope to depart this Monday. Have changed my route to avoid the path of Irma: Monroeville-Camden loop, Natchez, Trace to Lorman for world famous chicken, Blues Hwy 61 north to Clarksdale, east to Tupelo, south on the Trace back to Lorman then south on Hwy 61 to New Orleans and the Delta. From there, I'll "bo-bo", a regular AR verb, my way back to central Florida. Maybe 2,000 miles, 7-10 days?
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    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    Left this morning (Sunday), now having the Sunday Special at Pouncey's, a mom'n'pop diner in Perry...Mighty fine. Will head W on 98. Life is good. Some stations out of gas.
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    Huzband Team Dirt

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    Pics or it didn't happen. Especially diners.
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    x32792 Retired Cracker American

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    ^^I'm not much of a picture taker, but someone who looked a lot like me did ride 1,700 miles in 5 days. I went over on little numbered roads: 84 and 28 in Mississippi and passed thru places like Red Lick and Hot Coffee. I came back mostly on the super slab until I reached Florida again. East of Tallahassee, I turned south to revisit Pouncey's in Perry for a great buffet breakfast. Then on to High Springs, Williston, Inverness, Floral City, Zellwood and home.

    I ate a donut in Natchez, had chicken in Lorman and rode a bit on the Trace. The 'secret' to the chicken is they raise and butcher their own birds. They also change the oil frequently and the meat is never frozen. Reminded me of the chicken my grandmother made - She raised and butchered her own free range chicken too - Never frozen, moist and tasty. It's something most will never experience - Old School Fried Chicken. Buffett is now $17.

    Much to my disappointment, the Blues Highway is not a narrow road made of segmental concrete sections that make that wonderful thumpy-thump sound as you cross over its joints. - It's a divided 4 lane highway with a 70 mph speed limit. I did not see falling down wooden shacks where black musicians with names like Blind Dog Willie and Thomas Johnson sit on the porches playing banjos. The times they are a changing.

    Coming back, I got caught in a
    heavy rain storm in New Orleans rush hour traffic - The TC and ABS on my new-to-me DL1000 seemed to work just fine (thank you Mr Suzuki). Note to self, "Get a good after market saddle before your next trip or your butt is not leaving home."

    If someone has a SmugMug or like account will PM me your email address, I'll send you the few pictures I did take and you can post them.

    Again, my thanks to those who made suggestions which made my trip more enjoyable.
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