What would be considered the " Deep South"?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by theshnizzle, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Nesurfer99

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    I'm new down here (just moved to Jacksonville, FL) and have been looking for places to ride. I came across this website. Thought you might benefit. I ordered the map yesterday, so I can't comment on it.


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  2. eakins

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    indeed that is where some great roads are.

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  3. kantuckid

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    I use www.motorcycleroads.us (for free) on some rides. An excellent resource that participation makes even better as roads are added.
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  4. 4PawsHacienda

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    old time music? Twisty roads? Country food?
    Probably not considered the deep south but check out the Crooked Road Music Trail in southwest Virginia. Small towns, friendly people, serious roads to ride without a lot of traffic. Not exactly the panache of Mississippi or Louisiana but fun with lots of rural diners, clean rivers and abundant camping. The BRP is mainly to funnel tourists away from the sights.
    Everybody talks funny if you bother to listen.

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  5. Nookie

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    I was raised in south Louisiana. To me, thats about as deep as you can get. Someone suggested down through South Carolina and then across the southern states. Thats a great plan. These southern states are like spider webs of state highways and back woods roads. Everyone pretty much knows whats in New Orleans and its definitely worth a visit if you haven't been there, but back in the swamps and woods off the beaten path is where its at in my opinion. Across the southern Gulf area and zig zag back up through all those piney woods areas in the middle and northern parts of these states. Many spots will still take you back in time and the people you'll meet are righteously good folks. Traveling in April and May before kids get out of school and the mosquitos won't cover you like a blanket. If you aren't from there or ever been there its surely a trip you won't forget.
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  6. Shwafish

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    Head to south Alabama and stop on the side of the highway when you see a shack on the side of the road selling boiled peanuts. There ain't nothin' in this world like a real Alabama boiled peanut. :clap
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  7. jimmex

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    Mexico; ten times as much fun as South USA.
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  8. Lone Rider

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    Nookie knows. :) Good post.
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  9. kantuckid

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    go find you some LA Zydeco music...
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  10. acejones

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    Ugh !

    I was born and raised in Louisiana and Zydeco is the worst iteration of "music" I've ever heard. I'm sure this will make someone mad, but its just my opinion. One thing about the south is 150 miles down the road its different, but it's all good.
    One thing is certain, the South is diverse. I now live on the Mississippi Coast and its not the same as the central or northern part of the state. The Coast culture that I live in spreads from the Florida panhandle west to about Baton Rouge in a band that's about 30-50 miles deep and about 250 -300 miles long. I think you could culturally divide Louisiana into about five different areas.
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  11. Lone Rider

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    Good post. :D

    Go getcha some.....
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  12. kantuckid

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    I don't like it either, just making talk. I just heard "my man", Dave Evans singing - " One loaf of Bread" on the radio a few min ago.I find him to be my fave Bluegrass singer,period. He's from Magoffin Co,KY, lives near me in Morehead,KY. He has written several of his songs. Now thats THE music around my area. Come down to KY & lay into a few bluegrass music barns-there all around me, cheap & live & some have good food(not organic hippie food either) .
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  13. DoubleM

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    If you make it down here ride to Dauphin Island and take the ferry across the bay to Gulf shores. Not much on curves but pretty views.
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  14. acejones

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    ++1
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    Is the little fruit stand on the right at the last turn before the island still there? If so that's where you gotta get your peanuts.
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  16. Contevita

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    Come on down to the coast, there's no shortage of fried foods around here. What time of the year are you planning to visit? If you come down during the summer, you're going to be in for a shock with the heat and humidity.

    Use this as a guide: http://www.visitmississippi.org/see--do-master-page.aspx
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    If you really want to experience the "real" of any place, you need to just ride the backroads and visit the small towns and under developed areas. Places like Savannah, Ga , Highlands , NC, and Gatlinburg, Tenn have become caricatures of the "Old South. I travel all over the US and enjoy pulling into a diner in a small town. I was in London, Ontario one time and met a fellow biker who took us around to the out of the way places. That's how you discover the real people and areas. Go to Franklin, NC or Onteonta, Al and take in a country band. Stop in the roadside diner in Mountain Rest, SC on Hwy 28. That to me is discovering what a region is all about. If that's not what you really want, then go to Charleston or Savannah. They, too, have museums to show the past. Whichever you choose, I'm sure you will discover something different from what you've known before and get an appreciation of different cultures.
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  18. Advntr

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    I have met some of the nicest people on the planet in the deep south and they all have been quite gracious to a "Yank from NY". They do look at me funny though when we first exchange greetings because they are amazed of where I am at the moment vs where I call home. They all think you are from NYC till you tell them that home is close to Niagara Falls NY and NYC is over 400 miles away. "NY that big????" has been heard more than once.

    The "Delta" is a must see and you will have a wonderful stay at the Shack-Up Inn in Clarksdale MS-home of the blues. It's a beer and breakfast kind of place. The "crossroads" is there at the intersection of US 61 and US 49; which is referred to by Eric Clapton and others in music and where blues guitarist Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil.

    They are very motorcycle friendly at the [historic] shack and will tip a few beers with you and then some. Of all of the hundreds of places I have ever stayed in the USA the "Shack" tops them all. Be sure to visit the Delta Blues Museum.

    While waiting out a thunderstorm in Vicksburg MS we [g-f and I] met the retired Sheriff of those parts and a friend of his, who were sitting in the air conditioned mini mart greeting all the locals. It was quite a slice of life that day.
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    If you want to see if you would like Zydeco music for yourself in Louisiana, stop at the Cafe Des Amis is the small town of Breaux Bridge Louisana on Saturday mornings. Killer cajun/creole food, live zydeco while you eat and a big fat Bloody Mary if you need one. Its right off the I-10.
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