Monthly Archives: September 2013
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
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
We stopped counting the bridges serving as overpasses to the 234 mile man-made waterway! Each view was as breathtaking as the last.
Looks like part of a movie set, doesn’t it?
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
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!
A little cloudy, but what a beautiful, scenic road! Who could know we were in for a downpour just a few hours later?
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
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
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!
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
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
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
Note the funky decor!
Commemorating Manci’s having been featured on the Food Network.
Still in use in Mobile!
In the background you can see Carol, Jane, and Ramona!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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