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Old 10-25-2008, 06:11 PM
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Well, fall finally arrived. And with the arrival of Fall, my mind turns to North Georgia... and this time Alabama too.
Wing man Bob Mehl and I will jump on the V stroms and headed North October 16th. The plan was to run North the the NW corner of Georgia and then turn South through Cheaha state park in Alabama, finally arriving at Barbers motorsposts park to catch the AHRMA vintage Motocross national on Sunday the 19th.
I even received my new Garmin Zumo 450 just in time for the trip.

We had perfect riding weather, save Friday morning. A front came through and we rode from Pine Mountain to just below Chattanooga in a constant rain.
It was still all good and the front brought in cooler (read cold) temps to boot.

The Statistics...
4 1/2 days
1450 miles
50 MPH moving average
Riding through
Pine Mountain Ga.
Ft. Desoto State Park Al.
Cheaha state park Al.
Highway 25 (past 29 dreams) into Barbers.
Sequoyah Caverns Al.

Thursday Morning and I'm starting out late. I meet Bob near 98 and 19 around 11:00am and we hit the road headed North.
We head through Timber country on a NE heading North of Fanning Springs and enter Georgia by way of Madison Florida.
We're on a tight schedule and my being late didn't help us any. I don't stop to take many pictures this first 1/2 day ride, but we pass plenty of the places in South Georgia I've come to love....like this spot in the middle of nowhere.




Our plans are to make it to Albany and further if we've done good. We done good and made it a couple hours further to Pine Mountain. This is where Callaway Gardens is located and home to some great roads. We were able to use the last bit of sunlight up as we wound our way through the twisties on Ga. Hwy 190. This runs through Franklin Delenor Roosevelt State park along a very nice asphalt ridge.


Friday morning we were up but the weather didn't look good.


Bob didn't seem to mind so we grabbed our rain gear and proceeded North.


We ride through a pretty good soaking rain for most of the morning. The rain let up about the time we hit the northernmost point in our journey.
We'd travel through towns with funny sounding names like Ephesus, Bowden, Tallapoosaa, Cave Spring and Coosa before ending up in Summerville where we turned West on Hwy 48. Our Northern most destination was going to be Ft. Payne Al. just South of Chattahoochee Tn.

Our destination after lunch will be Ft. Payne. I've wanted to ride this area for some time. I've seen a few ride reports from this area and wanted to add one of my own.

Here we are on the way to Desoto Falls.



Lots of large rock like this line the road as you head to the falls viewing area.





Next up Desoto Falls.
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Old 10-25-2008, 07:28 PM
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As we ride into the parking lot all I see is a man made lake damed up at the West end.


As I get to the viewing area the falls come into sight.

As always, you can't seem to get a true sense of scale from a picture. The dam is about 20' tall as is the first small fall.


The big fall is about 200' deep. I didn't get a picture, but there was a house just to my right overlooking this fall. How would you like to get up each morning and see this in your backyard?



A closer view of the small fall



Next up, we head to Sequoyah Caverns.
A funny side story. We go right past the Cloudmont Ski lodge...Yes in Alabama. You'll find more information about it here.

http://forum.dixiedualsport.com/tool...ost?id=2287804.
As we turn into the driveway to the caverns entrance we spot this very familiar painted barn roof.



As we wait for the tour to start, my wingman Bob spots an odd bird.
Here...Bob tries to sneak up on him.



Later we find out his name is Eddy.


Here Eddy returns the favor to Bob.



The entrance of the caverns looks rather unimpressive until you think of how these caverns might have been used throughout history and the people that have passed through this entrance.



Turn off the flash and enter the area that never sees sunshine and the caverns come alive.

Thats pools of water on the floor reflecting the image.



Here are a few more.





Stalagmites are on the floor and reach to the ceiling. Stalactites drop from the ceiling and make their way towards the floor.



Any that meet in the middle are simply called columns



Next up Ft DeSoto State Park

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As we leave the caverns I have to get one more shot of the barn..this time with the bike.



We head into Ft DeSoto state park and spot this small fall.



While we were there three other riders from Florida pulled up. (didn't get a picture) and told us they rode up and one of them was in an accident that totaled his ST1300 Honda. Seems he had a brain fart and pulled out in front of a car. It took his front end off and deposited him on the ground with only sore bones, bruises and a few scrapes. He had almost 200 K on the ST and was looking forward to rolling into the 200K milestone on this trip. He's lucky to be alive.
A dedicated rider, he went to the local shop and bought a Kawasaki 250 to complete the trip. When he got back he was going to give it to his son.
Did I say he was lucky?

One of the coolest things at Ft. DeSoto was Mushroom Rock.



Pretty neat huh?



I saw a picture of this a few years ago and that's what made me want to put this stop on the ride.



The back side offered some cool views as well.



Lets see, I think I can just squeeze through the crack.



There are a number of pull offs along the winding road that allow a great view of the canyon below.



The canyon was much more impressive than I expected. Check out the road on the other side.



And you can just make out the house on the other side of the canyon.



If you have the chance, make it through this part of Alabama. It's a great place to visit. I wish we had more time to spend here and explore.




Next up We ride to Babers Mororsports.

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Nice work! These are great pictures and it looks as if the two of you had a wonderful time. Thanks to you Desoto Park is on my list of things to see.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:06 PM
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And I'm not done yet Greg.


We make it to Oxford around 8:00PM Friday and make a mental note to fill up first thing in the morning as I'm down to may last bar on the fuel guage.
Saturday morning greets us with chilly but sunny weather...perfect for riding.
We make our way towards Cheaha and I realize I never got gas.
I know Cheaha has a pump, but with all the gas supply issues in this area I wonder if they actually have gas in the tanks. We're committed now, so we press on.
I arrive in Cheaha with the last bar on the fuel guage flashing "hey dummy..get gas".



I pull up to the pumps and I'm very happy to pay the $4.35 (when we've been paying $2.80 everywhere else) to fill my tank.

We ride through Talladega and into Pell City where we find this neat old drug store. When was the last time you saw a Rexall Drug store like this.
Since 1903 and it still operates a soda fountain and grill.



We take hwy 25 into Barbers, just past 29 Dreams motorcycle campground is a switchback that offers a great view. We stop to take a few pictures.



Bob ponders the universe....or how much further till we get to Barbers.
Not long now my friend.



As we get back onto the Hwy 25 at the switchback, we notice that a couple has just gone down on their bagger Harley. Sand in the middle of the curve at the switchback is the culprit and it put them into the guardrail and then onto the asphalt. Nobody was hurt bad, but the Harley had minor, but expensive damage. Sorry, I didn't think to get pictures as we tried to slow traffic down in each approaching direction while members of their group helped them get the bike up and off the road.

Back on the bikes and to Barbers we go.
My next post will be filled with bike pictures, not from inside the Museum but from the bikes we found in the parking lot or the Swap meet.
Here's a few to get you started.


How about a 1947 Gilera



Or a Diesel built off what looks to be a Honda CX 500 platform.



Odd...Yes but if it was ever made, you'd find it here today.



Next more vintage bike pictures.
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As we pull into Barbers, I'm a little shocked at the amount of people. The hills were alive with activity. We finally found a place to park and made our way to the flea market section. Lot's of bikes of all shapes and sizes. Some running, some not. Almost any part or bike you could think of was represented.

I'll simply post the pictures for your enjoyment.

Plenty of spreads like this.



For Old dirt bike fans may I present some cool old bikes.
Here are a few old CZs







Here are a few others of the MX favor

I had one of these 1976 RM 250s in 1976



And one of these too



How about some great examples of vintage dual sports.







For you Hodaka lovers out there







Looking to see some vintage street bikes? How about these?

A very nice Vincent



How about a Velocette



or two



Or a BSA



A few Triumphs



Anyone remember the Triumph Hurricane designed by Craig Vetter?



I have plenty more if you'd like to see them. Otherwise, I'll continue on with the trip report.

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Wow, the picture of the tent for the Penton Owners Group was very cool! Apparently John Penton is still around and in his 80s! Keep the pics coming!
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Well Greg..then what about a Simplex?


Or a neat old Honda Scrambler. I really like this one.



Here's a couple of Kawasakis from the 70s
A Smoker Triple



And the mighty 900 4 cylinder wonder bike



Or what do you get when you mate two Ossa 250s together?
A Yankee 500 Z. Not many of these around.



Not sure what make this is, but check out the side intake carb and the funky choke.



And what kind of show would this be without a Cotton Trials bike?



Or a Thor



Or a Sears



A couple more sweet examples



And one of my Favorites



As was this very nice Penton.



You never knew what you'd see around the next corner.



The races and the rest of the ride up next

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Great report and great pics, I'm looking forward to the rest of it. Thanks for sharing.
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Man, I was in tears looking at all these beautiful bikes and then I came across the pic of the Kawasaki H2 750 and the memories came flowing back. I had one of the first ones and eventually bought a used H2R race bike from Kevin Cameron. I still have the part manual that came with the bike, not that you could order any of the parts.

As nice as the museum is I think you hit the jackpot with the flea market. Thanks for the pictures and story.
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