July 7 to July 12
Highlight for each State:
Cal. Bluest sky
Ariz. nicest clouds
New Mex. pass with care
Texas I can see for miles or bugs eat you
Louisiana Bridges and bayous
Mississippi ? Many trees, less Dodge Rams
Alabama They are cheating - the liberty statue should not be here
Georgia Tar snakes
Tennessee Beat-up cars
July 7, Natchez to Starkville
We got a sort of early start (for our habits) and went towards Natchez trail. This was an old trail sort of along the Mississippi with gazillions historic landmarks. There was basically no traffic, a lot of nature, and a lot of trees. Very pretty - we saw dragon flies, sea lilies, a turtle, an egret, and a hog, but also a little boring, when you go for 200 miles without any challenges. Both of us were happy when we arrived at the hotel and saw a Ruby Tuesday's right next to it.
July 8, Starkville to Birmingham
Our ride today got us into Alabama - the weather is still hot and humid. We got a new back tire for my bike to be ready for some nice riding later.
July 9, Birmingham
We spent 6 hours at Barber Motorsports, a museum in a huge park with a driving school and a race track for Porsches. In the museum there are only motorbikes and race cars, but on 5 floors. Admiring all this takes its time and its toll on the feet. I found my motorbike there, the 59 Tiger Cup, whose parts are in Cadolzburg, waiting to be put together and gazillions of other nice things... I didn't know that Maserati made motorcycles, but, yes, they did. Very cool place.
July 10, Birmingham to Summerville
We had a great ride on secondary roads, where we actually had some windy roads in a wonderful landscape. Wolf canyon was really impressive. At the motel we had wine with redneck Stewart.
July 11, Summerville to Vonore
Another great riding day, wonderful roads through the mountains and along rivers with sweeping turns. Still very hot in the morning, later it cooled down and at 5 the rain hit us. Arrived at the hotel wet but happy.
July 12, Vonore
Resting day, catching up on a couple of things