We recently relocated from St. George, UT to Tupelo, MS and Jax wasn't so far and was totally doable. So we made plans and we departed our lovely Tupelo cottage on Tuesday, March 12 and headed southeast. Our plan was to take as many secondary roads as possible and avoid interstate slabbing. We were successful!
Surprisingly we left the house about the time we wanted and made our way out of Tupelo. The first 50 miles or so were done on 4 lane highways and then we got onto the two lane country roads. FUN! We haven't had much of an opportunity to ride lately with family issues, moving, moving, and moving again. Then trying to get our cottage sorted out with some remodel construction and just stuff. So we were both excited to get out on a real trip.
Well, since we haven't been riding a lot, my bootie needed several rests (besides I have a horrible seat on the bike that WILL BE corrected!). Our first real stop was in Greensboro, AL where we gassed up the bikes and stopped for lunch at a local BBQ joint. Yeah, Nick's Crispy Chicken!
After lunch we headed out again on more small county two lane roads that took us through beautiful farmland and ranches. We also saw a lot of extremely poor, rural Alabama. Eye opening. Another thing we saw a lot of was LITTER. I mean a ton of litter, everywhere!! What's up with that? Geez, I grew up in the Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute campaigns and it was drilled in that you just don't litter. I didn't take any photos but it was truly appalling and makes me very sad. We need to re-educate people to Keep American Beautiful again.
So, back to the ride! We started riding down smaller and smaller roads, which was fine with me until ... we ran out of pavement! Ha! Really? Yes, really. Eric had to remind me that I'm on an adventure bike with dual purpose tires. No problem. Well, just stay away from the wet, slickerly spots and you'll be fine. Hahahahaha.
*note street tires on Eric's bike...
Fortunately it wasn't very long of a dirt ride. It was just a surprise to us because the maps and routing software didn't say anything about no pavement! Just part of the adventure.
Oh, forgot to mention the weather. We started out in 50 degree weather with a few spits of rain here and there. The weather only got better as we progressed through the day and moved further south. After lunch, we had to remove clothing and open vents. Lovely! Our high for the day was about 78 degrees.
We had targeted Dothan, AL for our stop for the night and we arrived just about 5:30 pm. Perfect, now time for cocktails and dinner. There is a nice Mexican restaurant next door that gets good reviews so I suspect that will be dinner tonight.
We were pleasantly surprised at our home for the night, Red Roof Inn in Dothan, AL. Recently renovated and very nice and best of all, inexpensive!! Score. Well, but for the construction workers above us, beside us and across the drive from us.
Tomorrow we'll arrive at the Ramada Inn in Jacksonville, FL, the IBA host hotel and we are looking forward to seeing peeps we know, meeting new peeps and participating in some activities as well as telling stories and kicking tires in the parking lot.
JAX, here we come, ready or not! Stay tuned for the next installment ;-)
Cletha Vaillancourt (yes, I finally changed my name)