north alabama rides
So the big goal for this Saturday was to ride, then finish the day at Cricket’s, which may, in my opinion be the best wings in Alabama, and perhaps the southeast. Since the eating part was taken care of, riding was the only real choice – and there looked to be a couple option. Dual sport the
Wheeler Wildlife Area, or street ride north Alabama. Since I had never ridden the WWA, I assumed it to be swampy and muddy, and the big bike does not like mud, so I opted to meet Beck at 2pm. When I showed up, there was no Beck, so I took an opportunity to do some exploring, looking for crooked roads, creeks and cliffs. Luckily, I found a few.
First, I went looking for a cave and a spring, at Cave Spring. There is a Cave Spring Church, and I traveled down Cave Spring Road, but no luck. Next I headed north toward the mountains. I found a private RR crossing, and a cliff with a stop sign – lucky for me that sign was there, because I NEVER pay attention to no trespassing signs like the one behind it. Of course the road to get there was awesome, lots of twists and descents, and a few places to gasp at the awesome views.
Finally, I would up riding towards Paint Rock Valley and I knew the roads were crooked, had a creek (river) and some decent dirt roads, so I took the turn. Turns out, Beck was riding out there too – weird? So I took my time, and stopped to take a peek and some places along the river I had never looked closely at, but had been curious about. For instance – is it possible to cross this river here? Not sure I really want to find out today without ropes and pulleys, and a rescue team.
Next stop, Tennessee – since I was this close, might as well. I climbed the mountain and found an interesting dirt road to explore. I was stopped not too far up the road, as it turned into a jagged, big rock trail, with only a few options – most looked painful. About that time Johnny Robinson finally texted me that he was headed to Cricket’s. Since the sun would be down soon, I decided it was time to turn around and head that way too.
When I arrived, there was a table outside, giggling at the Yeti as I squeezed the bike into the pile in the parking slot. The waitress walked over to the bike as I was ungearing, and took my beer order. I LOVE Cricket’s. Not long after, I was eating wings and yucking it up with the gang. Great day to ride, and a wonderful way to end it, chomping and laughing with friends.
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What a great ride. We left Jasper with 11 bikes, and found some interesting places that very few people in Alabama know about. Nice, easy riding, with mostly long, sweeping turns, and scenic forests along the way.