2008 Western Adventure
Day 2 - June 21, 2008
After another late night of working, I slept
in to about 7:30 today. Scott made an awesome breakfast of
eggs, sausage, toast, and OJ. After breakfast Scott took me
for a tour of the race track on his mule (motorized mule). Of
course his favorite buddies, Tank and Haley jumped in the back seat.
After that we chatted with a young fellow and dad that where there
for some private riding lessons from Dakota, Scott's son. Both
Scott and Dakota had to try out my new bike. It was after 10am
before I hit the road. After a few adjustment to my GPS I was
finally heading in the right direction.
Today's trip started off nice
and restful, with lots of good scenery. Then the GPS routed me
on to a dirt road, which was a pleasant departure from the paved
road. I then turned onto a different dirt road that was a
little tougher on my new bike. About now I wished that I was
on my V-Strom. I was just getting used to the roughness of
this road when I was diverted to a very narrow road with lots of
rocks. Now I wished that I had my DRZ400 dual sport bike.
I traveled down this road for a couple of miles when I came upon a
paved cross road. I was tempted to take the paved road, but
decided to continue on the dirt road. After a mile or so down
that road I came to a gate with a very large "No Trespassing" sign.
I had no choice but to back track to the paved rough. I
recalculated my GPS and went off in a different direction that ended
up being about 25 extra miles. Later on in the afternoon I hit
anouther dirt road, but this time it was nice and smooth, even
though it had a little sand on it. Sand and road bikes don't
mix, but it wasn't too bad, except for a couple of "pucker"
The rest of the day was
gorgeous, with some really neat scenery. I was hoping to camp
out tonight, but I couldn't find any campgrounds close by. You
would think that Alabama would have lots of campgrounds, but not
this part of Alabama. I even thought of some wilderness
camping, but I didn't want to pitch my tent in bear country. I
finally settled for a cheap motel. After eating at another
gourmet restaurant, settled in for a good nights sleep.