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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by klaviator, Feb 9, 2015.
That's no excuse because I was there in 2016 and 2018 as well.
Over the years I have done hundreds, probably thousands of rides. Some were very memorable but many have been lost in the blur of all the rides I have done. In November of 2017 I did a couple of solo day rides that I doubt I would have any memory of if I hadn't documented them. They were both very fun rides but there was nothing on them that really made them stand out in my memory.
The first was a ride into NE Alabama on my Versys.
I headed East then North on 65 through Paint Rock Valley. I had ridden this road many times. This time I decided to explore some of the side roads that I had often ridden by and told myself that someday I should ride them and see where they went.
The pavement ended but I continued on for a bit.
My KLR would have been better here and I turned around once it started getting muddy.
Back on 65.
Then I headed over to Crow mountain which has a couple of twistiest roads in the state.
I rode up and down CR33 a couple of times.
And then did the same on CR39.
Due to the steep grade and very tight curves this is one of the most challenging paved roads I have ever ridden.
The dragon gets all the hype for being extremely twisty and even bans large trucks from driving it. They don't have to ban large trucks from this road because there is no way an 18 wheeler would make it through.
There is a dirt road off of 39 where I often stop to regroup and take a break. This was the only time I
have ever been there when the gate was open.
I rode it a ways then turned around. The rest of the ride was uneventful.
One thing I have enjoyed doing is meeting inmates who I have only "met" online. So I headed out planning on meeting someone but ended up running into a second inmate as well. I stopped at Cycle Gear and ran into @telejojo who I had met before at a KLR rally years earlier.
When we first met I was still living in Jawja and just getting ready to come to Huntsville.
I took the scenic route to Guntersville.
@Heatery was doing a ride around Alabama to see if his Vespa would be suitable for longer trips. We planned on meeting in Guntersville for lunch.
I parked at the meeting spot and then used the 50x zoom on my Sony to catch him coming across the bridge. Catching a moving subject while zoomed way out was a lot harder than I expected.
We talked a few minutes then headed for lunch.
After a few years I no longer remember the details of what we talked about over lunch but I do remember that it was a very interesting and enjoyable discussion.
BTW, the reason I met @Heatery in the first place was because I was following his ride report and he had been following mine. Heatery's ride report: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/lower-alabama-la.1244014/
After lunch we rode a bit and I took some pics:
We split up as we needed to go in opposite directions. I had some time so I did a little exploring around Guntersville.
What makes Guntersville so interesting IMO is that it is nearly an island and there is water everywhere which makes for some great scenery.....and some great places to live.
I even managed to get some interesting pics near the end of the ride when almost home.
It almost looked like the Saturn V was lifting off!
Since I was on an interstate Highway I thought I'd pin the throttle for a bit.
Approaching warp speed......
Not bad for 155cc. Looking back, that Smax was a great scooter and I miss it. Eventually I'd like to get another small scooter with the performance of the Smax.
I can relate to your thread klaviator; I was born in 1950, the first bike I ever rode was my friend and neighbor's new blue 1968 Honda CL175 Scrambler during the summer of 1968, I was 17. By December I was at Navy Boot Camp at Great Lakes, IL, I then was stationed on three ships; the USS Alamogordo ARDM-2, Canopus AS-34 and Orion AS-18. During the last year of my enlistment I was married to my wife Karen (SoPaGuider) in April 1972 and discharged in December 1972. WE bought our first bike shortly there after, a new 1973 Yamaha DT/RT3 360 Enduro, and the rest they say is history. I've now been riding for 53 years and Karen for 37 and we've been married for 49. Our current corral includes three Suzuki's, a 1996 DR350/441S with 64K, a 2007 V-Strom 650 with 78K, that we've ridden in 48 states, D.C. and 5 Canadian Provinces so far and we're the third owners of a 2009 DR650 with 28K. We've owned over a dozen bikes over the past six decades and have no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. We enjoy your posts and hope to make it to Alabama some day soon to enjoy one of your rides. Carry on!
Thanks for the bump and the comments! Congrats on 53 years of riding and 49 years of marriage. Both are very impressive Do you have something special planned for your 50th anniversary?
If you make it down this way sometime I'd love to ride with you. Certainly let me know if you make it down to somewhere in the southeast.