Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tent Show in Parsons, TN

In the first two decades of the 20th century, more than 700 repertory troupes entertained thousands, traveling throughout the Midwest and South. Tent shows developed out of a number of different stage styles, including melodrama, circus and vaudeville. Most have … Continue reading

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Oh, the Dogs!

One of the things always in the back of our minds (especially as we travel back roads) is the possibility of being chased by a dog, or in most cases, dogs. In most cases they are friendly and are seemingly … Continue reading

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Tennessee

 

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Fun Stuff

 

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Rain, Rain

 

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Another View from the Bridge

 

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Stopping on a Bridge Overlooking the Tom Bigbee Waterway

We stopped counting the bridges serving as overpasses to the 234 mile man-made waterway! Each view was as breathtaking as the last.

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Trees Along the Way Overtaken by Kudzu, an Invasive Vine

Looks like part of a movie set, doesn’t it?

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The Motel from Hell

By now you must be getting the idea that crossing the country on roads that are conducive to bicycling, is far different from taking the Interstates. No Starbucks, Golden Arches, Texacos or Holiday Inns. Not much of anything, actually, and … Continue reading

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Shelter During the Downpour at Lunchtime

How lucky were we to find such a wonderful pavilion to provide protection from the rain? And it was only a mile and a half out of our way!

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Leaving West Point, MS …

A little cloudy, but what a beautiful, scenic road! Who could know we were in for a downpour just a few hours later?

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Tuesday … the Adventure Continues

Departing West Point this morning, we had no idea what was in store, and it turned out to be adventuresome, challenging and far from the pale. The photo will show that it was almost sunny until we were into the … Continue reading

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West Point, Mississippi … Layover Day

We always have chores to do on the layover days and we had a pile of laundry to deal with on this particular one. Additionally, we failed to stop and see a couple of the suggested Underground Railroad sites when … Continue reading

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Jane Working on Ramona’s bike

Sunday morning as we get ready to depart from  Aliceville, Alabama, for West Point, Miss.  The downpours the day before washed the oil off our chains!

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A Road We Traveled in Alabama

Note that the right side has been newly paved, the left side not as yet.  Luckily there was not much traffic and because of the “wide open view” we were easily visible, enabling cars to readily see us.  With the … Continue reading

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Days Four, Five and Six

The schedule looked brutal, and in fact, really was. Long mileage days and extremely hot weather. Towns with services in this part of Alabama, were few and far between, and when we did have lodging, the amenities were lacking. From … Continue reading

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The Road According to Jane

We’ve now been riding for 6 days. For me the Road is the most important piece of the ride. It determines your comfort, effort, ease, scenery, fear, joy, dread, exhaustion, places to eat, sleep, and oh so much more as … Continue reading

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More Pictures from the Road

 

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Pictures from the Road

 

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Adam, Becca, Mary Jane, Ramona, Carol and Jane at Manci’s

Note the funky decor!

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Poster at Manci’s, Daphne, Alabama

Commemorating Manci’s having been featured on the Food Network.

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An Over-One-Hundred-Year-Old Peanut Roaster

Still in use in Mobile!

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Bike Rack from a Different Angle

In the background you can see Carol, Jane, and Ramona!

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Another Fun Bicycle Rack, Mobile, AL

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Lunch at a Mediterranean Restaurant, Mobile, AL

 

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A Fun Bicycle Rack in Mobile

 

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Gaps in Reports from the Road

We have been in Alabama for a week, and are finding that towns with services are few and far between. Some of the days are quite long (93 miles, 72 miles, and 81 miles were the last three) because there … Continue reading

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Mobile, AL … Layover Day

First order of business today was the bike shop. Jane and Mary Jane needed some adjustments so after dropping the bikes off, we went to the adjoining mall that had a Super Cuts and a nail salon. An hour later, … Continue reading

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Day Two

This part of Alabama seems like “vacationland” with all the water and beach houses on stilts and no greenery. As we traveled northward along Mobile Bay, the properties started looking more “year-round” with lots of foliage and mature trees. As … Continue reading

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First Day of Riding. All Smiles!

 

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Art Structure in New Orleans

 

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New Orleans Modern Art Park Exhibit

 

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Day One

DAY ONE of the ride began this morning in Dauphin Island, Alabama. Without going into specifics, it was very hot and humid. Had a lovely 45 minute ferry ride to Fort Morgan. Noticed many oil rigs off the coast, and … Continue reading

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Wrapping It Up in New Orleans

As of today, Monday, September 16, we have completed our first official day of riding, making our way from Dauphin Island (where we spent the night, enjoying a wonderful room in a motel on the beach) to Gulf Shores, Alabama, … Continue reading

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Leaving New Orleans

 

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New Orleans

 

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New Orleans Sights and Sounds

 

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Here in New Orleans

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Jane Checks In from New Orleans

This is Jane, and I am now in New Orleans. After leaving Mary Jane in Baltimore, I drove through Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee on my first day. Yesterday I drove out of Tennessee, into Alabama, Mississippi and finally … Continue reading

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Ready to Hit the Road (So to Speak)!

This picture was taken just before we (Jane and I) departed Monday morning, our bikes in tow, for Baltimore, where my younger daughter Anne and her husband Peter reside. We stayed overnight, enjoying their 16-month-old daughter (and my granddaughter), Evelyn. … Continue reading

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In the Beginning: a Dazed Jane

On Saturday, the 7th, Jane and Mary Jane made it to Syracuse, where our bikes were awaiting us. Having been sent by FedEx, the bikes arrived disassembled…soooo, several hours on Sunday were spent putting them back together, plus taking them … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Free Wheelers Blog

Hi to all, especially Jane, Mary Jane and Carol. Jane and Mary Jane are on their way to Baltimore and then New Orleans, where we will all meet up. Carol and I (Ramona) will fly into New Orleans on Thursday … Continue reading

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