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Let's Ride / Re: 8-24 Dual sport ride around Lay Lake
« Last post by Bamagator on Today at 09:09:29 PM »
No takers.  Heading strait to route vs link up point.
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Let's Ride / Re: A ride to totality, anyone thinking about it?
« Last post by Mulley on Today at 08:37:34 PM »
we waved by, and were passed, by a group of four riders (BMW, Vfr, klr, etc) on our way home from Sparta, tn, on tn-399. they rode well, like a group from br would. it was that "good riders, good roads" feeling you get on the way home from an epic trip.

(yes, Google tn399, it's an excellent road, but not long enough)



That was probably us. Two Beemer GS's, a blue Triumph Sprint, and a Gen 2 Suzuki DL1k V-Strom. Someone waved us past on 399 after we turned off of 111. Shortly after we passed, we turned on Fredonia Rd. to head towards Dunlap. It is a really sweet road right there at the end before it hits 127.

We had gone up to Spring City, right on the line of the middle of totality. Traffic on the way up was surprisingly light, only really getting into the slower stuff when we'd come into a small town or intersection with traffic lights. Pikeville was our backup plan if Spring City was too crazy, and it was not crowded at all. We continued to Spring City, and as we began to hit the outskirts of town, we saw traffic jam hell. We also saw that every parking lot, field, sidewalk, hell any place you could park a vehicle, had a sign up that said "$10 Parking".
Screw that.
We did a little shoulder surfing and took surface streets out of town, skirted alongside the lake, and ended up on Hwy 68 in the parking lot of Jerry's Service Center. It was about 100 yards from a nice little Sunoco gas station/market, with a bathroom, and good cheeseburgers, so we set up camp there under the metal awning. We would be the only ones in that lot the whole time, which was pretty amazing considering that the little gas station market just on the other side of us had about 4-5 carloads (and were charging $10 as well). Perhaps it was the big guinea wasp nest under the awning, but they left us alone so win for us!

On the ride back we hopped on 302 down to 30 and as we were coming into Dayton, we saw traffic jam apocalypse. It was like the scenes in the first season of "Walking Dead" where all the cars were sitting on the interstates going out of Atlanta, smoldering, bodies all around (not really). So we jumped off on side streets to get around, then hopped back on 30. We decided to just head towards Fall Creek Falls on 30, all the way to Spencer and then work our way back down toward Dunlap. It made for some awesome riding, and little to no traffic until we got on 111.

Awesome day.
That's was us. Crazy coincidence. I was in a gray Ram 1500 and Kyle in a Hyundai SUV. I followed you until traffic cleared and got left behind going down the mountain into Whitwell. My daughter kept her eye on you the whole time. She didn't like it when we couldn't see you anymore. I love it when she notices bikes.
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Events / Re: Flash mob
« Last post by SMILEY on Today at 07:55:17 PM »
I will try this again at a later date with a little more notice I think some people are going to miss out
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Ride Report / Re: Riverton Rose Trail, Natchez Trace Parkway and Etc
« Last post by Crandon on Today at 02:28:26 PM »
We had some good sandwiches for lunch, headed around the corner and "fed" the bikes, and then got back on our way.  We continued north on the NTP until we reached US 64, where we exited and headed east.  At Lawrenceburg, we turned south and took a series of backroads from Lawrenceburg, TN back to Athens.  Along the way, we stopped for water and a break in the shade.  . by      [url=https://flic.kr/p/VHuk4j]. by



Where you stopped here is the Grassy Community, the road came from Loretto to there is Rabbit Trail Road.  I think that it is a much funner ride going north on that road, to me it feels more like a roller coaster ride between Bonnertown Groceries and Five Points.
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Motorcycling News / Re: BamaRides riding area?
« Last post by Fencejumper09 on Today at 12:09:21 PM »
Man o man that would be cool! I got a 5 spot I can throw in!
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Ride Report / Re: New Brunswick, Canada - The Chuck Palahniuk Ride
« Last post by Brian A on Today at 11:57:21 AM »
We walked the short distance to The Gables Restaurant. It was a nice place. Kinda cozy and quaint feeling. Definitely nothing like what you would feel in a chain restaurant or other large establishment.



Once inside, we put our name on the books for a table for four. It would be a short wait while our table was cleared and prepared. And it was during these few minutes that the crazy bizarre thing happened. At least it seemed crazy bizarre to me.

I walked over to the corner of the bar near the front door/waiting area and took a look at the guest book. The little book that folks sign just to say "Hey. I was here."

My jaw dropped. The last entry in the book was from a couple who were there from.............................

You guessed it:  Birmingham, Alabama.

I simply could not believe it.

I asked the girl (employee) standing nearby "How often do folks sign this book."  In just a minute or so I learned that the couple from Alabama had just left 5 minutes before we walked in. She said that she had commented to one of her coworkers that they never have anybody from Alabama visit. I told her we were there from the Birmingham area, did not know the folks who had signed before I did, and it was just sheer coincidence that both parties happened to be eating there the same night while visiting from Birmingham. She seemed pretty impressed by the coincidence. "What are the chances?" we both asked. And particularly so when she commented they never have anybody from Alabama visit.

I looked back many, many pages through their guest book and saw not one person from Alabama.

Yes folks, sometimes fact truly is stranger than fiction.

I present to you Exhibit A.



Once at our table I joked with the others that had the couple still been there it would have been easy to find them. Just stand up and yell "Roll Tide" and watch for the reactions.

Dinner was outstanding. We all had lobster and it was very good. Deserts were awesome. The whole experience was worth the 1,500 mile ride to get us there.

Before




After



The view off the back deck of the restaurant




With our bellies full we made our way back to our hotel. We stood out on the back deck and talked for a few minutes. It was nice. Nice to be in Canada on a motorcycle trip with three good friends.

I was in a room with Lincoln that night. We slept with the sliding door onto the deck left open. It was somewhere around 1:30 or 2:00 when I woke. I could hear the water. Small waves breaking.

I got up and looked out the door.  Although it was dark, it was easy to see the water was all the way up to the sea wall now.

It was nothing of monumental significance. I had been there and seen the huge tide swing that gives The Bay of Fundy its claim to fame.

That and $1.50 will get you a cup of coffee at a fast food joint.

But, I had seen it after having ridden there on my motorcycle from Alabama, with three good guys. Another experience that reminded me how fortunate I am and how, in my opinion, there is no better way to see the world than on a motorcycle.


Back in bed I fell asleep again, listening to the lap of the waves on The Bay of Fundy.
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Planned Rides / Re: Grand(on a small scale) Canyon Ride
« Last post by Chitza on Today at 10:30:08 AM »
If you want to go and prefer a hotel room, a trip advisor search shows Days Inn, Quality Inn and Hampton Inn, all in Americus, with fair enough ratings ranging from $56/night up to $115/night for Saturday night. Americus is 10miles from Andersonville.

For dinnerSaturday night, I will tell you guys my Jimmy Carter story :)
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Gymkhana / Re: Thursday night GP8 every Thursday 2017
« Last post by springer on Today at 09:14:43 AM »
 A little over 24 hours away! Come on out and polish up dem skills!!  ;D ;D
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Let's Ride / Re: A ride to totality, anyone thinking about it?
« Last post by Hammerdown77 on Today at 07:56:15 AM »
we waved by, and were passed, by a group of four riders (BMW, Vfr, klr, etc) on our way home from Sparta, tn, on tn-399. they rode well, like a group from br would. it was that "good riders, good roads" feeling you get on the way home from an epic trip.

(yes, Google tn399, it's an excellent road, but not long enough)



That was probably us. Two Beemer GS's, a blue Triumph Sprint, and a Gen 2 Suzuki DL1k V-Strom. Someone waved us past on 399 after we turned off of 111. Shortly after we passed, we turned on Fredonia Rd. to head towards Dunlap. It is a really sweet road right there at the end before it hits 127.

We had gone up to Spring City, right on the line of the middle of totality. Traffic on the way up was surprisingly light, only really getting into the slower stuff when we'd come into a small town or intersection with traffic lights. Pikeville was our backup plan if Spring City was too crazy, and it was not crowded at all. We continued to Spring City, and as we began to hit the outskirts of town, we saw traffic jam hell. We also saw that every parking lot, field, sidewalk, hell any place you could park a vehicle, had a sign up that said "$10 Parking".
Screw that.
We did a little shoulder surfing and took surface streets out of town, skirted alongside the lake, and ended up on Hwy 68 in the parking lot of Jerry's Service Center. It was about 100 yards from a nice little Sunoco gas station/market, with a bathroom, and good cheeseburgers, so we set up camp there under the metal awning. We would be the only ones in that lot the whole time, which was pretty amazing considering that the little gas station market just on the other side of us had about 4-5 carloads (and were charging $10 as well). Perhaps it was the big guinea wasp nest under the awning, but they left us alone so win for us!

On the ride back we hopped on 302 down to 30 and as we were coming into Dayton, we saw traffic jam apocalypse. It was like the scenes in the first season of "Walking Dead" where all the cars were sitting on the interstates going out of Atlanta, smoldering, bodies all around (not really). So we jumped off on side streets to get around, then hopped back on 30. We decided to just head towards Fall Creek Falls on 30, all the way to Spencer and then work our way back down toward Dunlap. It made for some awesome riding, and little to no traffic until we got on 111.

Awesome day.

 
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