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Old 05-24-2010, 04:13 PM   #1
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Time to start a thread for the next adventure.


The Basics...

Your Humble Ride Reporter

G-Tex
KTM 990ADV




The New Rider

Z-Tex
F800GS




The Harley Guy

B-Tex (we'll call him that since he's not an ADV'r)
HD Road King Classic




The Route:



Day 1: Dallas to Jackson, MS
Day 2: Jackson to Sewanee, TN via Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham
Day 3: Sewanee to Gatlinburg, TN via Cherahola and Dragon (open parts)
Day 4: Gatlinburg to Huntsville, AL via Cherahola and Jack Daniel's in Lynchburg
Day 5: Huntsville to Mt. Nebo, Arkansas via Corinth, MS
Day 6: Mt. Nebo to Dallas via Talimena Skyway

Updates to come!
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:56 PM   #2
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Is this trip over or waiting to be? I live in Jackson, MS. Holler at me before you pass through.
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:29 PM   #3
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Sweet! drop me a line when you make Birmingham, AL, it would be good to meet you folks!
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Old 05-27-2010, 04:59 PM   #4
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:22 PM   #5
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Folks-

Thanks for all the well wishes and chances to meet up...

We ended up missing Jackson, MS and blowing through B-ham, other than to visit the Barber Motorsports Museum. Good times...

Our route ended up like this:



Day 1: Dallas to Memphis
Day 2: Memphis to Sewanee, TN via Barber Motorsports in Birmingham
Day 3: Sewanee to Gatlinburg via Chattanooga
Day 4: Gatlinburg to Sewanee via Tail of the Dragon (most of) and Cherohola
Day 5: Sewanee to Mt. Nebo, Arkansas
Day 6: Mt. Nebo to Dallas via Talimena Scenic Drive

All in All...amazing tour with a couple good guys!

Day 1 RR in progress.

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Old 06-01-2010, 05:44 PM   #6
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DAY 1:

About to set off...

None of us had ever ridden together for more than 200 miles. This was going to be quite interesting. From Left to Right: G-Tex, B-Tex, Z-Tex.

Strangely, Zach was late...WTF? Apparently, the young man had an unexpected late night the previous eve...We had originally intended to ride to Jackson or Meridian, Mississippi, but ominous weather lurked along old I-20. Quick confab and we decide to head to Clarksdale, Mississippi to check out Ground Zero and the blues situation...





Heads down, we head east...

Good time made, we see Arkansas around 12:30 after hop-scotching through Texarkana traffic.



Blow through Little Rock and we're rolling towards Memphis.

Those clouds are looking a bit ominous.




Z-Tex toward the...storm?



Onward.



40,000' thunderheads? Starting to get interesting.

Subsequent to our decision to head to Clarksdale, the group decides that Beale Street, Rendezvous Ribs, and Juleps at the Peabody are in order. Clarksdale will have to wait for another trip.



Enough, we pull over 15 miles short of Memphis.



Very ominous. We check out a convenience store and settle in to wait for a little while. Hail. High Winds...




Wall Clouds.



Z-Tex is not worried.




Time to take a break. Normally, I am accostomed to riding through weather, but my travels in Mexico have made me more careful when there is a possibility of hail. Hail is VERY NASTY STUFF and you have to be to ride into it.

Some very interesting drinks were available...

A brand called BEER:30 ICE:



A Malt Liquor called "Four Loko" in Watermelon flavor...





(nothing was actually consumed...the mere thought of $.99 for 16oz is too disgusting to contemplate)


Back outside...storm footage:






We wait it out and when it looks like all is clear, we make a ride for it...

MEMPHIS DIGS:



We head over to the trolley and go down to Union and into The Rendezvous. Good ribs, Sausage Plate, Pork Nachos, and lots of Michelob have us ready for Beale Street, but first we stop in for Mint Juleps at the Peabody.

Z-Tex sees a few things he likes...




My mom grew up in Corinth, Mississippi and when I was a kid, my family always had a house in Memphis for shopping trips and general city needs. I got pretty comfortable with Memphis growing up and have continued to visit pretty often. I always get Mint Juleps at the Peabody; not really their specialty, but a tradition nonetheless...

Juleps down, we move on to Beale street where we encounter Bike Night...





Have a few beers...



Look at some more bikes...



And head home for the evening...

Good Day.

More to come...
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:14 AM   #7
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Day 2:

The Gentlemen were a little weary this morning...yestereve's cocktails and yesterday's longish ride were relatively strenuous for a Day 1.

Today, we have much to feast our eyes and other senses upon:



Relaxing coffees were consumed in the hotel lobby...too relaxing. By the time we realized what we were doing, it was 8:30 and we needed to bust some sprockets to get out of Memphis.

Beautiful Memphis!





Memphis in May was earlier in the month, but they had one more event for Memorial Day Weekend; quite a bit of preparation...







We had agreed to get "Housed" for breakfast, so we stop at the first Awful Waffle we spot in the beautiful state of Mississippi; Olive Branch to be specific.



Few quarters later, we are enjoying "Special Lady at the Waffle House" on the jukebox and are waiting for Miss Sara Lee to bring us our feed bags.



A certain "gentleman" walks in with a very impressive bluetooth setup...



Perhaps a closer look...



Very impressed...we were set to eat our meals...



We finish up and we're back on the road; full of awful...

Z-Tex is feeling it...





G-Tex is doing well...





We hit Birmingham around 2:00...

We have to stop for about 30 minutes, because Z-Tex is not doing well. He's dehydrated and the morning's vittles are working up an Old Number 6 on his body... He looked pathetic and I know that it was weighing not only on his physical constitution, but his mental toughness as well. We needed a break and it loomed 25 miles away at the Barber Motorsports Museum.

Two bottles of water later, we were back on the road towards the Motorcycle Mecca Museum of the Mountain South!

Barber...for those who haven't been there...amazing! If pictures are worth a thousand words, here's about 30,000...












Famed rides of Investment Biker and Alabama Native, Jim Rodgers:














































Just outside and behind the museum is a fine racetrack, which is home to a Porsche Driving School and the attendant wackos that hang out at such places...






AN AMAZING COLLECTION!

One more pic and it was time to hit the road to Sewanee, my alma mater!



We get on I-59 North toward Chattaboogie and after a couple hours we are at Nickajack...





We made it to Sewanee just in time to grab a photo at the cross...





Big Dinner at High Point, a restaurant housed in Al Capone's old safe house in Monteagle, Tennessee. It is called "High Point" due to its lofty location as the highest point between Chicago and Miami. Capone and Dillinger were found of cocktails on the veranda...we liked 'em too...Z and G had Moonshine Teas...





Post-meal...we retired for the night...there was talk of Dragons in the 'morrow...

More to Come...
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:35 PM   #8
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We all were clear from the beginning that this trip was to be about riding, and we were in search of some of the greatest roads in the US. After 2 days, we had a lot of fun and clocked about 900 miles, but we had not begun to ride. The best was yet to come.

Z-Tex, what is your take on Day 2?
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Old 06-14-2010, 02:45 PM   #9
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Not going to lie. Day 2 put the hurt on ol' Z-Tex. It must have started when we played "Special Lady Waiting at the Waffle House" on the jukebox, and Methhead waitress Sara Lee brought a glass full of lemons when we ordered coffee and tea. She must of thought we were making fun of her, because some part of the meal was not right. 3 Five Hour Energy Shots, 2 Redbulls, and a Mountain Dew and I could not stay awake for the life of me. Whatever it was, I know I will not be eating Waffle House anytime soon!

All I know is I was glad to make it to Tennessee in one piece!
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:24 PM   #10
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:36 PM   #11
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If Zach had been a dog, we might have shot him...boy was hurting!

That methhead Sarah Lee did him ZERO favors by serving him his breakfast...
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:46 AM   #12
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Day 3, Part 1

Day 3

Day 2 was a mix of good and bad. It was great that we got to see Barber and ended up in Sewanee. It wa BAD that Zach got sick and nearly fell off the bike.

Day 3 was supposed to be a great day...

The Plan
1) Have Breakfast with my College Advisor, Reinhard Zachau
2) Hit the road for the Cherohola Skyway and Gatlinburg

Day 3 would be short compared to the previous 450+ mile days. A mere 260 miles separated us from our goal for the day.



First, it was time for breakfast, so I putted down to the Blue Chair and met up with Dr. Zachau.







I was a German major at Sewanee and Dr. Zachau helped to successfully shepherd me through 3 years of Sewanee and 1.5 year stint in Germany. He is quite a scholar of German Film and I still remember his History of German Film class being one of my favorites on the mountaintop.

Zachau was quite interested and possibly amused by our little adventure on the motorcycles. We spoke over a leisurely breakfast and were joined by Brent later in the meal. The service was horrible, or maybe it was just perfect...hard to tell sometimes.

After our auf Wiedersehens were completed, Brent and I went to roust young Zachary. We had a bit of a campus tour to attend to and Zach was just waking.

Shots of Sewanee:










Sewanee Dog...



















Sewanee, The University of the South is it's official title, is owned by the Episcopal Diocese of the states of the American South. My Diocese, Dallas, is an owning Diocese.





My Fraternity House:



Departure from the Sewanee Inn:



We saddled up and made our way towards Chattanooga...

Zach had wanted to swing through "Thunder on the Rock" or some such Harley rally that was being held in Tracy City. I explained to Zach that we weren't really cut out for the Harley crowd, especially in Tracy City. I had tutored at the Grundy County High School during college and all I can say is that I feel very blessed to have grown up where I did, with parents who cared for me. Tracy is about as crooked of a place as you can find. Chop shops, any drug you can think of, moonshining...the place has it all. I've known many good people to come out of the area in spite of it's problems, but I wasn't about to get mixed up in a Harley Rally there...

On our way down the mountain, storm clouds were gathering in the distance towards Chattanooga...
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Old 06-21-2010, 11:51 AM   #13
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Great ride! Thanks for taking us along

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Old 06-21-2010, 12:22 PM   #14
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:57 PM   #15
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No Problemo...

The riding gets quite a bit more interesting in Days 4-6. But before we get there, the story gets quite weird in Part 2 of Day 3...

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