Southern Hospitality

Submitted by eagle on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 22:14

Last night I got to Georgiana, Alabama. Home of country legend Hank Williams. Getting into town, I wasn't sure if I'd ride right by, or stop in. Thought I'd have a quick look, and it was getting late, so I decided to stay the night. As I stopped riding, I could see a house having a fire and music. Kept walking, by a dilapidated old gas station. A cop car pulled over. Rolled down the window. Yes? OK. Rolled up the window. I went on, found a place to camp, by the side of the highway. Not much place else, with all the overgrowth of greenery.
Next morning, went to the Hank Williams house. Walked on, came across a hospital. Chatted a bit with some friendly locals. Found out about a cafe, and went. Ordered some biscuits and toppings. They were out of biscuits. Huh? Got some toast instead. Did some editing. Two chapters of Astrotripping.
While in the cafe editing, a couple of cops came in. The people at the booth behind me made some snide remarks about messing with the cops. The cops left.
After editing, I chatted a bit with an older lady, who was interested in my travels. Was going to get another bite to eat before leaving, when the two cops came back in. They came up to me, and asked me to leave. Huh? Felt like the movie Easy Rider. One of the cops, an older, shorter man, had really bad teeth, and smoked a cigarette after I left. The other one, who looked like he may have been the first one's son, looked seventeen or eighteen. Small towns, fun times.
Rode on, got to Greenville. Wasn't sure if I'd ride right by, or stop in. Thought I'd grab a bite to eat. As I rolled into a chicken wings place, it started to rain. Now pouring down heavily. I'm writing this in the outdoor-only seating, under a metal roof, as some Alabamans wait for some chicken. I'll have a bite to eat after.

Rock & Roll & Country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

I love Alabama!

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 07/08/2015 - 16:27

Riding the gently rolling hills. Meeting the gently rolling people. What a beautiful place!!!
People here driving by in pickup trucks offer me lots of rides. As much as I really appreciate it, I love riding in sun. Sometimes I wonder if they realize that riding by bicycle is the point!
Stopping in at the little shops, they seem to sell anything and everything to fuck you up: alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, etc. That's true more generally, although here the stores really seem to market it a lot more, with huge posters of NASCAR drivers holding beers, etc. The decor around here tends to be really awesome!
I like the government's sense of humor, as seen on highway signs. Sorry, I forgot which examples! :)
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Food in Alabama

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 07/08/2015 - 16:08

In Brewster, Alabama, I stopped by a barbecue place. Had a large pulled chicken sandwich, a pork rib, pecan cobbler, coffee, all hot. Amazingly delicious. The sauces were different than barbecue sauces I've had elsewhere, here they were more tangy and mustardy. Barbecue preparation varies hugely, from its mesoamerican origins through its area of influence. Lots more info on barbecue!
Yesterday, here in Evergreen, Alabama, I went to Church's Chicken. It was different and way better here in Alabama than at other Church's I've been to in other states. Had a double chicken 'n' cheese sandwich, waffles with maple butter flavor artificial sauce, jalapeno poppers, honey butter biscuit. The place also had fried okra, mac 'n' cheese, and more. Will have to go back!

The South

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 18:06

A common sweet refrain to hear: "Thank you, ma'am!"
For lunch, I had potato soup with cheese and bacon, and corn bread on the side.
Edited another chapter!
Next, riding up towards Montgomery, Alabama, USA!
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Jay, Florida!

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 14:55

Jay, Florida!
Sitting in a pharmacy & soda shoppe, with a lot of Coca-Cola merchandise. Had a sloppy joe, a vanilla cream, and coffee. And all the store ladies talk in beautiful southern accents.
After riding through some of the most gorgeous scenery in the country. Lots of beautiful farmland. Seeing peanuts and donkeys and so much more. This place is amazing.
Also, lots of trucks and farm equipment everywhere!!! :)
Last night, pulling into town and not knowing what state I was in, I went into the country store. Watched the sun set. Got a piece of fried chicken and some mac 'n' cheese. Sat on the rocking chair.
Along the way, I've gone riding by lots of beautiful bodies of water. Some have really long bridges stretching over them. This area has large protected bodies of water, and lots of money, so the resources go into building huge long bridges.
The water also produces lots of humidity, which makes me lazy. :) Constantly sweaty, drinking plenty of water. And stopping in at places with air conditioning, thanks to which it's possible to warm up with a bowl of chilli and a coffee in Florida in the summertime. :)
Next I'll do more editing of Astrotripping.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)