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Old 09-13-2010, 09:34 PM   #67
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Our ride down to The NatchezTrace and back... Part 1 ....

Well we headed out early Thursday morning to meet up with some of our Valkyrie riding buddies in NGa..

Ya got to get a cool shadow shot when ya can..



To ride down to Natchez Mississippi, and meet up with the rest of the riders..
It took us a while to find the right truck stop .Lets just say we didn’t get the ex.#...But we found it….




We say our hey how have ya beens’ and then we are off via the back roads to Bessemer,Al……


We are now a total of 5 Valks strong..
We made a few wrong turns, but then we are on track..



All is going well ..Till we get to Gadsden,Al.. And one of the bikes has a front flat…
SmokinJoe pulls over ,We figure out what it is ,cracked valve stem.. Ok lets put some air in and look for a place..
To work on the tire…. Made a few loops and found a Sears… We needed some big C clamps…



I had a bead breaker in my parts bag (HB x-mas gift)…



LOL we all extra valve stems with us … 3 of us had air compressors …
At one point Joe wanted to head home.. Highbinder said to him YOU can’t go home this is YOUR ride !!
We all said hey we can fix this.. By now it’s 107* We couldn’t bring the bike in a bay at the Sears auto ,But in the back it was shady..
It took 2 hours with getting everything together … And we was back on the road…





The guys at Sears even helped at the very end by letting use their big air compressor to set the bead..



We rolled in Bessemer at darkish… Pick up one of them coupon hotel books ..
Stayed at the Jameson Inn .. Grabbed a bite to eat..And some laughs about the days events..



Our leader for this legg of the ride.. Hubcapsc ..


We sat outside talking more about the days events…



Highbinder packing his bike .. Nice shirt


Our buddy Leon from Birmingham,Al and his friend Sid met up with us in the morning..



Now 7 Valks strong and we head out…
Hmm ..LOL…. We knew we might be in trouble when out leader takes a wrong turn from the hotel lot…

More back roads Friday morning and a few wrong turns ..



With 7 big bikes can be adventure in itself…

We are on this road that is a real back road ruffer then helll…
I say to HB in the CB I bet this one turns into dirt !! Yuppers I nailed that..
As soon as we crossed the Tracks..


LOL it changed to dirt… We talked a little ...
Made it a pit stop,ate some Muscadines that I found… And off we went…


At this point Leon and Sid , said as soon as we get to black top we will meet ya’ll in Natchez…



We rode with SJ for about another hour, and we too said we’ll meet ya in Natchez..
We had told some friends we will be in Natchez around 1:30 … It was already noon….

So we took US 45 to US 84 very nice open roads ..
It was 104* It was time to get to the hotel…We rolled in to Natchez around 3:00....
Then it was find the Isle Of Capri hotel..
HB & I found the hotel and got our room..
Wow a very nice hotel… They even let us keep our bikes under the canopy..



We found our friends who also got there later then expected..
Strider broke down at least 12 times he said..

The petcock kept giving him woes… Along with a weak battery the poor guy only got 20 miles out and needed it jumped….



Strider was telling DDT about what his day was like.
DDT has 406K on his Valkyrie...


The hotel had a shuttle ..


It took ya to the riverboat for the Buffet and gambling..



FlamingoBabe found this little Flamingo.. And it just had to go home with her...



Punisher ~~


Came to the rescue and ran to Wally world to get Strider a battery..
They did a fix on the petcock.. All of this was right in front of the hotel..
And they never said a bad word. about it… How cool is that....

We all just hung out in front of the hotel...






SmokinJoe was telling everyone about a fellow Valk rider that had a deer encountered on The Trace heading to the hotel.





Well That's part One....
More to come in the next day or so...
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