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Old 02-28-2013, 11:44 AM   #46
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first of all, if you want to see the real South, STAY OFF THE FREEWAY. Just like the rest of America, you cant see it from there.

Also, in my not so humble opinion, there is no good BBQ in the big cities. You find it in little shack in small towns. Just stop when you see or smell the smoke. It aint hard to find, at least when you get to Alabama, you cant hardly sling a dead cat without hitting a BBQ shack.

Music. This takes a little more digging, but lots of little places have local talent playing on a regular basis. and it is amazing how good some of that local talent is. Google is your friend, look for local concerts in the park sort of thing. Even the smallest towns have them these days.

Here are a few sights I find worth the stop.
-Jack Daniels Distillery in Lyncburg, TN. By the way the local diner has bluegrass on Saturdays.
-Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, TN, in Cullman Berkley Bobs Coffee Shop has local talent on a regular basis.
-Not really Southern, but you really should hit Barbers Motosports Museum in Leeds, AL
-As for a church. Look for the small ones out in the sticks. They have the most flavor and they really appreciate folks just dropping in. The missus and I do it all the time and both side really enjoy it. Skip the big ones, they wont notice you.
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:28 PM   #47
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If you want REAL BBQ you are headed to the wrong place. TEXAS is where the best BBQ lives. All other is a cheap imitation.... Real BBQ does not need some crappy sauce to cover up the taste like they do in those other states.

All the above suggestions about towns and stuff is right on but the BBQ list is not for me. Pulled Pork, are you kidding me????? Stick to the Seafood and you will be fine. They do that right.

Seriously? At least we're aware of how to actually spell barbecue and don't need cutesy abbreviations...

Brisket is great and I'd get all I could in TX. If you're in NC, you probably want to stay as far away from brisket as possible. At least as far away as I'd stay from real barbecue in TX.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:33 PM   #48
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Take in a Nascar race if you can. It's quite popular south of the Mason-Dixon. Watching cars turn left on an oval hasn't really caught on with us Yankees.
Has too,... New Hampshire, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois all have NASCAR... Utah, California, Arizona, as well. Not your traditional "Southern" states.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:01 AM   #49
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Take in a Nascar race if you can. It's quite popular south of the Mason-Dixon. Watching cars turn left on an oval hasn't really caught on with us Yankees.
Good direction, but if you want flavor, skip the big boys and go to a local track.

Preferably dirt.



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Old 03-01-2013, 05:57 AM   #50
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Folks, we have a problem here - too much truth telling.
Next thing ya know we'll have a whole bunch of d*** yankees movin' here!
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:36 AM   #51
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seein the south...

hch- i just rode the east coast and south on a low budget 2 1/2 month ride. had some of the same agenda you did. couple thimgs to mention. first if you can change your trip til after labor day, the hotels/rest/bars etc are really looking for business. i had a 120$ a day budget for lodging and dinner/ a few cocktails. ate like a king and drank like a lady of the night with change to spare! and most of the time got breakfast too! i just stayed off the freeway and found mom n pop places to stay/eat. better atmosphere, and you can ask the locals how/what to do. was way too easy actually. the time of year was the key. made the weather very comf also.

second look up capt stans on the fl/ga border, little town called woodbine on hiway 17. open air rest/bar, great food/atmosphere. ribs are a killer and cheap lodging 2 blocks away. (i paid 35). def a memory maker. eml me if youd like more. good luck!!
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:45 AM   #52
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Here is some thing other than BBQ and a Shout out for Alabama

Ellicott's stone -North of Mobile - 1799 mark of the East west boundary between the U.S. and Spanish Florida

Joe Cain's grave Mobile
Wintzell's oyster House - Mobile - got to read the walls and eat.
Monroe county courthouse - Harper Lee - To Kill a Mocking Bird.
William Travis Al. home ( The Alamo)
Worlds largest chair - Hitlers tea set (Berman Museum) Anniston
Nadine Earles -Doll house grave site - Lanett city cemetery
Wetumpka Alabama - Meteor crater
Whiskey bottle tombstone of W.T. Mullen - Clayton Al.
Boll weevil monument - Enterprise.
Leroy Brown (The Bass) The Fish world Museum Eufaula Al.
Hank Williams Shrine off I-65 - Georgiana Al.
NASA space center - Huntsville
Coon-Dog cemetery - Mynot Al.
Ivy Green (Helen Keller home) - Tuscumbia Al.
Aliceville - German WW II POW camp
Vulcan - largest cast iron sculpture in the world - Birmingham Al.
Moundville Archaeological park Indian mounds and largest city in N-America (700 years ago)
The Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel - Mentone Al.
Little River Canyon

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Brick Pit in Mobile
Big Bob Gibson try the White sauce
and most crappy looking stands on the side of the road
for good BBQ
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:08 AM   #53
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To sum up bbq perfectly. (And to clarify the Alabama bbq comment. ack.)

http://youtu.be/6ubTQfr_tyY



as for your route, make sure the car you rent has GOOD AC. Hit Charleston, hit Wilmington, etc.
Cut across the interstate to get to the western part.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:49 AM   #54
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Folks, we have a problem here - too much truth telling.
Next thing ya know we'll have a whole bunch of d*** yankees movin' here!
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:54 AM   #55
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Folks, we have a problem here - too much truth telling.
Next thing ya know we'll have a whole bunch of d*** yankees movin' here!
That is correct. It is actually one of the reasons I'm making a point of travelling to different regions throughout the US. It has been clear to me for at least 10 years that my political beliefs are a bad fit for California, and it's getting worse. Over-regulation has my stomach in knots every day. It won't be too soon, because I have roots here I need to wait out, but eventually I'll need to move. Don't worry, though, I won't be telling you how it's done in California unless it's what not to do.


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if you can change your trip til after labor day, the hotels/rest/bars etc are really looking for business.
My wife works in the school system, so our window to travel is about June 1 through August 20. Is the timing any better in the 2nd to 3rd week of June?
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That is ...........

Is the timing any better in the 2nd to 3rd week of June?
yes, it is only really hot and muggy by then. as opposed to ungodly hot and muggy in July and August.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:30 AM   #57
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I second going to Wintzell's. It is great food for reasonable price. Go out of your way to hit up Wintzell's. There are about 10 of them strewn over Alabama.

I'd leave as early as possible for the trip. Early June can be quite nice. By late June, its starting to hit the point of misery. July and August are only tolerable on the lake or indoors.

Speaking of lakes: go fishing. Catch a mess of bluegill and crappy. I know people fish all over the world, but fishing for panfish off the bank or on a john boat is hard to beat here in the south.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:50 AM   #58
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What do motels cost in your area?

Out here, they run $120 to $200 in tourist areas, and minimum $55 at highway off ramp cheap places.
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motel

Just did a quick check locally

http://www.sleepinn.com/ires/en-US/h...CK&find=Submit
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:50 PM   #60
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Herb - you asked about traveling here in June vs. July/August. June, especially the first half of it can be pretty nice in the South. Lower temps and lower humidity.

Average temps in Atlanta as example. Notice the jump between May and July on the graph line:

http://www.weather.com/weather/wxcli...ly/graph/30326

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