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Rides => Ride Reports => Topic started by: JBMFT on March 26, 2020, 07:20:37 AM

Title: Playing Tag
Post by: JBMFT on March 26, 2020, 07:20:37 AM
After doing a little research and seeing that the newest tag was as close as Montgomery, and since I have a lot of extra time on my hands now, I decided to hop on the bike and go get the tag! I packed myself a lunch, grabbed some gas and got on the road.

(https://i.imgur.com/kTCutqp.jpg)

Since I had done a fair amount of riding in and around Hoover in the past couple weeks I decided to Reader's Digest the parts I had been riding through and take 65-S to just outside of town and hopped off at the Jemison/Thorsby exit and pick up 31-S. There is something I really enjoy about cruising through small, southern towns. It's like being in a time machine back to a slower paced, simpler way of life. Most of them still have awesome old storefronts and main streets which haven't changed over the years. I keep telling myself I need to stop and explore and maybe someday I will.

Between towns the roads opened up and I bathed in the green fields and blue skies of rural Alabama. I was really able to stretch the bike's legs and maintain a really good clip making quick work of the distance between home and the tag. Crossing into the city limits I pulled over, mounted the phone on the dash and let google guide me to the Montgomery Zoo.

(https://i.imgur.com/MLMtIgg.jpg)

Above is an alternate shot I took. The zoo looked nice and I have never been but they were closed, pandemic and all, so I will have to go back another time. I set the GPS for downtown Montgomery to find a shady spot for lunch. I stopped in the riverwalk parking area and found some shaded steps to sit and eat on. The classic PBJ, chips, soda and a few Oreos did not disappoint. I took a few minutes to look around but didn't get too far from the bike. I did see this guy though...

(https://i.imgur.com/OvxyLN0.jpg)

I took a quick look at the digital map to mentally plot my course back taking care not to retrace my steps. I navigated through the city to 231-N and was able to make really good time back to 280 as there are less towns on that route. I was really able to let the bike sing!

I told myself if I saw an old Rexall Drugstore sign on the trip I would grab a photo so I caught this one in Rockford.

(https://i.imgur.com/dr3Lwdh.jpg)

Jamming down 280 I took a side-tour through Cahaba Heights and up to The Summit to grab a new tag. It is pretty much a ghost town right now. Here's an alternate shot that I thought might not make the location obvious enough.

(https://i.imgur.com/rgSng38.jpg)

After that I decided to mosey on back to Hoover but took a couple more alternate routes including past my childhood home and around a small lake near my neighborhood. All in all, I had an excellent day out on the road and saw some cool landmarks and some great back roads. I clocked exactly 235 miles. I hope to keep riding a couple times a week until this mess is over. The situation certainly isn't ideal but I am try to make the best of it. :)

(https://i.imgur.com/yAKyHCE.jpg)
Title: Re: Playing Tag
Post by: Nice Goat on March 26, 2020, 01:02:09 PM
Sounds like a nice ride, but I can't see the photos... :(
Title: Re: Playing Tag
Post by: Guidedawg on March 26, 2020, 01:41:48 PM
Same here.

I hope you at least waved while you were in town!

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Title: Re: Playing Tag
Post by: JBMFT on March 26, 2020, 02:16:17 PM
Sounds like a nice ride, but I can't see the photos... :(

Try again, my bad...
Title: Re: Playing Tag
Post by: JBMFT on March 26, 2020, 02:17:46 PM
Same here.

I hope you at least waved while you were in town!

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Try again. Yes I waved. ;)
Title: Re: Playing Tag
Post by: KevinB on March 26, 2020, 09:19:58 PM
Nice report/pics...thanks!

I'm also diggin' the FJR.
Title: Re: Playing Tag
Post by: Guidedawg on March 27, 2020, 06:03:48 AM
Already enjoyed the report but much better with pics! Excellent shot with Hank (the tag has been there before).

I especially enjoy Rockford and Sylacauga when traveling on 231 and 21

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