What would be considered the " Deep South"?

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  1. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Pondring my touring options for next year,:I would like to experience the deep south,off the beaten track,back roads,not dirt roads guys! keep off the interstate of course, and hit up small towns,homespun,banjo playin ',deep fried oreos,speaking in tongues, moonshinin." kinds of towns.

    But what is really considered the deep south? Bordered from approx where to where? I was cautioned by one to stay away from the coast, Biloxi ect,to touristy and head more inland for a southern experience.

    Taking the busa,so 2 tracks and fireroads need not apply!.....LOL

    Thanks!
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  2. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    The Lower South is considered to be the lowland, "cotton belt" areas of the following States:

    South Carolina
    Georgia
    Alabama
    Mississippi
    Louisiana

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    SE Arkansas, E Texas, and Florida's Panhandle can also be included.
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  3. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    There are some mighty fine things to see in the Lower South: Charleston, Savannah, Jekyll Island, St. Augustine, New Orleans, etc. Even some good motorcycle attractions, such as Barber's in Birmingham Alabama.

    However, you're likely to find much curvier roads and many fewer people in the Upper South. Probably more likely to find banjo pickin' on the town square and some of those other things you seek, too...

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  4. theshnizzle

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    ADV is my wikipedia!!! Well, I have done the BRP and the Gap and tons of WV, been almost to GA, just looking for something different. I want to be " ma'med.....:D and eat chili out of a hollowed out football.....i'm from Canada eh! want some southern culture shock and see trees with those long spidery things hanging off them.

    You know, True Blood, Interview with a Vampire , In the heat of the night type locales.......:D

    Fun!!!!
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  5. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    In that case, I would suggest a loop that includes:

    Charleston, Savannah, Jekyll Island, Amelia Island, Mobile, Biloxi, New Orleans, Natchez, Vicksburg.

    Also some smaller towns like Tupelo and Holly Springs in Northern Mississippi...

    I'm not saying take I-95, I-10, and I-55 to do it, but you'll find The Old South in those places, and the backroads inbetween...


    Personally, I think that's BS. The coast and the seafood is integral with that part of The South. The trip to Biloxi is worth it if you only stop at one place: Beauvoir
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  6. Lone Rider

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    This is funny. What is 'The Deep South'?
    Southern cities that have been made tourist friendly?
    Developed, previously carpet-bagged cities from long ago that are now 'modern'?

    What a joke.
    Your definition of 'The Deep South' will probably be different than others.
    A three day tour, perhaps, seeing folks in The Deep South while they go about their lives.
    How quaint, I think.....
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    Come on down to Biloxi. We're nice people.
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    Lonerider,thanks for your polite friendy and very constructive reply to my somewhat tongue in cheek post. It contained lots of useful information that i can mull over during the long cold winter. Hey.......... Thanks!!!!!!!
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  9. Jamie Z

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    I'd also include what's referred to as the Delta, which generally is along the Mississippi River from Memphis south.

    The term typically refers to the music heritage of the area. Some great blues clubs starting on Beale Street and ending on Bourbon. Of course the delta, being what it is, provides very few opportunities for twisty motorcycle roads.

    I've been waiting for a chance to go hang out here:

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    I think this time I am not nessesarily looking for twisty roads Jamie. For that I scoot down to WV. Just looking for whats in your picture.....:D:


    for you southern boys who have replied,oh I will be hitting you up for ideas and suggestions, don't you worry!
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  11. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    Stick Arkansas on that map boys. Bayou county on the east side and mountains in the north west. Harrison is the capitol of the modern KKK.
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  12. dualsportride

    dualsportride Been here awhile

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    Start riding south from where you are and when you can barley understand what people are saying and they are nice, polite, call you sir, and offer you something you have found the deep south.
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  13. kantuckid

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    Not that you asked but I'll throw out this suggestion: This said by a guy that doesn't belong to a church,almost never goes to any church, other than maybe a funeral/wedding. To say you want to come here & "hear people speak in tongues" is not a great way/i.e.,mindset to ingratiate oneself into the culture of the bible belt! I know where that happens but LOL figuring out where that might be.Same with the snake thing.Same with cock fighting. Same with shine making.
    To hear some music in my area the bluegrass radio stations in several towns nearby make announcements of who's playing where in the "music barns" that week. Not your "deep south" but one of the centers for southern cultural music beside blues what with bluegrass & country originating from my locale.
    BTW, who eats chili from a football? Now that sounds just plain stupid?
    I say just go & ride backroads & enjoy life as it comes to you. Maybe take a look @ www.motorcycleroads.us & join some routes like the ace suggested?
    The friendliness & yes sir stuff will begin before! you get to the deep south.
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  14. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    I guess I read it differently than some of you.

    Sounded like a little bit of light-hearted joking around in the OP.

    Sort of like if I was asking about touring Canada and went into a Bob & Doug MacKenzie routine... asking where to find back bacon and Labatt beer.

    :dunno
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  15. HeyWhatever

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    I would consider the Deep South anywhere you cannot understand the accent because they add three syllables to every word.

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  16. High Country Herb

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    I actually attend an Assembly of God church, which is the denomination known for speaking in tongues. Mine happens to be pretty tame, as AG churches go, but it is present mostly behind closed doors, and pretty much only in prayer. My pastor interprets it as sort of mumbling your prayer, but God knows what you are saying (for lack of a better explanation).

    It is my understanding that it is far more pronounced in the deep south AG churches, and is part of the service. Wherever you find yourself on Sunday, just look one up and attend the morning service. It isn't uncommon to get invited to the potluck afterward either.:D
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  17. theshnizzle

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    Rocker59,you are exactly right, it WAS a bit off light-hearted ribbing on my part. I didn't think people would take it quite so seriously. I would like to stay away from the tourist stuff, I have the most fun just rolling into town and hanging out. I am pretty approchable for a variety of reasons ( for those who know me,thats pretty evident!) and always manage to find some interesting people and anventures along the way.

    I'm not much of a planner, rather, throw some big paper maps,camp gear,food,and clothes in the side bags and go,with a general idea of where I want to go.

    And I HAVE eaten chili out of a hollowed football! While riding in WV many years ago, I arrived pretty late in this small town and was looking for a grocery store to get a bite. I asked some locals where one may be and if it would be open,no and no, but they invited me to share thier dinner/bbq with them,good ol" WV we love our football team food

    Thus the chili-in-the-football. I had a great time and met some super friendly folks,and went to bed with a full ( FREE!!) belly.

    Now I have to go back to building my igloo ,making some mukluks and preparing some whale blubber for dinner....:D.
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  18. kantuckid

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    To be very clear I wasn't personally bothered in the least bit then or now but it goes w/o saying that when you make peoples religion-in this case a very, very few people, in the speaking in tongues e.g. , the object of even a light hearted statement, it's dicey territory. It is also a pretty far fetched suggestion to lay out something that "personal" to those few involved religiously as the least bit representative of the south in general Bacon & beer, now that's a huge bit different. Enough said. I'm cool with the trip-lots of other cultural stuff to see for sure.
    FWIW,The AG wasn't definitely not the churches I had in mind.
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  19. Lone Rider

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    I really enjoy the redneck jokes, and jokes about 'southern people'. So much of it is really good and funny.
    But if somebody is really serious about learning about 'The Deep South', they will need to have an open mind.

    It's culture, and how people are raised, but it's different in places - not all the same. WV will be different than a place in AL, as will be different from FL to LA.

    So, if you're looking for an one-opt see it all, and understand it all kinda trip, you will be out luck.

    The impressions you take back home are your own.....

    Have fun and ride safely.
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  20. theshnizzle

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    No malice or disrepect was intended from the OP,but,boy,did this go.....south.....in a hurry.


    Sorry,couldnt resist.......carry on.....
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