On Thursday evening we had an ice cream social, then afterward a costume contest and our first moon pie eating contest as a chapter challenge. Rick & Laura Brothers came in first in the costume contest and Jon & Diane Klaaren took second place. The moon pie eating contest was won by Leo Mechler of Chapter F.
Friday morning the 2006-2007 District Couple of the Year was selected and the honor went to Frank & Linda Teasley of Chapter Y.
Closing ceremonies was preceded by a parade of lighted motorcycles decorated in Mardi Gras fashion. Next came the Shriners followed by a colorful and grand Mardi Gras parade like none ever witnessed before. We had 7 different Mystic Organizations and 7 different Queens and Kings in the arena at the same time. This was a first. Never before have we seen that many Queens in the same building at the same time. It was who could out do whom with the long and beautiful trains on the sparkling gowns. The costumes were fabulous and expensive as you might imagine. After closing, about a 100 folks went on a dinner cruise. They plan to have two cruises next year so more can join in the fun. If you didn’t make it to the Rally, you missed a super time with friends in a great place. We plan to be back in Mobile for the 2007 Rally, but we will be using different hotels. Next year will be the 25th Anniversary of Alabama GWRRA, and promises to be more good times. Next year’s theme is something to do with top hats, tales and ball gowns. Congratulations Chapter B for winning the Largest AL Chapter in Attendance Outside of Mobile. This is the first year for this award, and it is good to recognize some folks who had a nice ride to the Rally!
We had a total of 61 people attending our 11 April Chapter meeting. Most of our folks who have been on vacation the entire winter were back with us and we had some new folks and couples join us as well. I hope we made our new friends laugh and feel welcome. The meeting ran a little bit over an hour long, but a lot of that was laughter, so I don’t think anyone really cared. It seems The Real Bill provided his fair share of entertainment, but didn’t he manage to get his rally buddy Tom possession of his statue of a posterior this time! Sure wish I had been counting, because I would imagine the Real Bill has received the J.A. Award more times than anyone else.
Welcome Chapter E, and thanks for a really good Kick Off at Joe Wheeler Picnic area. The food and fellowship was top of the line. Please share your secret for having such nice weather. I am sure the folks taking part in the Parking Lot Practice afterward appreciated the nice weather as well. Thanks to members of the District Staff who helped make the Kick Off so much fun.
Too many events on the calendar to list here so check the ride schedule and join us for a dinner ride or Rally as soon as you can.
|Congratulate Dennis/Ann Greer, Randall/Bonnie Southerland, and Mickey Polka for taking and passing the Ride Captain’s course|
Two thoughts for consideration this month:
|As you pass trucks on the interstate, do it quickly and with purpose|
Riding safely is everyone’s responsible, so let's help everyone ride safer before it becomes a problem.
In Case You Ever Wondered,
It has been a while since I have practiced my writing skills for fun, so thought I would peck out a short report about the fun we all had down in Mobile without 11 inches of rain. Those that attended last year’s rally know of the rain I speak.
Our group ride down on Wednesday morning consisted of Tommy & Melissa, Chris & Linda, Jake & Cathy and Netsybro & I. What a Group!
First stop was Cullman for breakfast a Jacks Truck Stop. While we were busy packing our faces, Tommy gets a cell phone call from a friend headed south on I-65 and finds out that the traffic is at a standstill due to an accident on the freeway. After much CB waffling we decide to stick it out on the interstate. Bad decision! While sitting still in the traffic, some Bozo decides to run his Ford Explorer into the back of my trailer. He sorta put the Tony Stewart bump on me. Now I want it known for the record that I did not physically accost this individual, although I certainly felt like it. I wished him a great day and went on my merry way. I also had to buff out the paint on my trailer bumper Sunday night!
The group also made a stop at Preister’s for sampling/purchasing Pecan nut treats. Netsybro made me sample all of the different pecan treats! Then she made me get a bag of Peanut Brittle! How is a guy going to maintain his girlish figure like that?
That night a small group went down the street from the host hotel to dine at a micro brewery we had ate at last year only to find the place closed up. So, being the prepared Gold Wingers that we are we went across the street for pizza and beer. Two beers and several slices of pizza later and it was lights out for me. Netsybro had to wake me up so I could get in the shower! She told me I could either shower or sleep on the floor. The shower was the lesser of the two evils.
Thursday morning a small group went over to Orange Beach and rode around and observed the hurricane repairs in progress. I suppose a lot of that area will be repairing stuff for a long time to come. While riding down there I noticed what I thought was an object that Jake and Cathy had ran over with their trike or had dropped from their trike. I called on the CB and Cathy told me not to worry she wanted to see if she could dribble her cell phone and ride at the same time. The cell phone dribbled once and then the second time around dribbled in about six different pieces. On top of that, no one called her the remainder of the weekend. I wonder why?
Netsybro and I shared a banana split at Scoops Ice Cream Parlor. Neither of us could remember the last time we had done so. It is so nice to have a co-rider with similar tastes. Tommy is to blame for the Ice Cream stop! I had full intentions of having a drink of ice water only until the group pressured me into indulging in ice cream.
It gets worse! That night at dinner, Marty Knapp was eating the most delicious looking bowl of bread pudding I have seen in a long time. As my brow broke out in sweats and I got weak in the knees, I mustered up the courage to ask him how it was? When he said fantastic, Netsybro and I split a good old bread pudding. It was indeed fantastic! We followed that up on Friday night at Russo’s restaurant with a bread pudding that was home made by a lady that had worked there since she was 16 years old. That same lady is now in her 60’s and makes the best bread pudding I have ever had in a restaurant.
While at Russo’s; The owner, A Ms Georgia Russo asked Tommy how his meal was? Tommy being the somewhat jokester we all know replied with a rather catchy comment, ending in what do I get free? Ms. Russo told him not a darn thing so quick that it took Tommy off guard and left him with nothing to say. I have never seen Tommy in such a state before. Ms. Russo went on to explain a bit of the history of her family owned restaurant and some of the history about the Spanish Fort, Alabama area. It just made that evening that much more special. No paid advertisement here, but if you are around Exit 38 on I-10, Russo’s is certainly the place for dinner.
What can I tell you about the talent contest on Friday night other than if you were not there, you should have been. Betty got into a race with her scooter with another gentlemen on a scooter. Betty lost control in turn 4 and wiped out several seated folks watching the talent show competition. It was indeed a Kodak moment.
Our folks put on a great talent show only outdone by the excellent job that John and Elizabeth did during the Couple of the Year competition. They were the best of the couples in the competition by far! And that my friends is a totally unbiased opinion!
I have no idea who came away with the oil filter award. Netsybro and I only purchased some new helmet do rags. I bought two helmet liners; The one she wanted me to have (more expensive) and the one I wanted (less expensive). It is a family thing and if I have to explain it, you just wouldn’t understand anyway!
We both agreed that the Gold 06 Gold Wing Trike was drop dead gorgeous. If you didn’t see this trike over in the vendor area, you really missed something. No, we don’t want a trike, but sure do like the Gold color of the 06’s not to mention the built in GPS, heated grips and seats and a host of other goodies. If anyone is wondering, we are just dreaming and waffling at the moment. I had a good scheme that went something like this – Buy up 3 to 4 thousand dollars of goodies for an 06 GL1800 and then I would have no other recourse than to go and get one. Netysbro did not like that idea and said we are better off just saving up for a new Gold Wing at a future date. Oh well, I thought it was a good idea.
We left the rally on Saturday morning for the short ride to Pensacola to visit a bit with my Dad. For those keeping up with his status on the Chapter web site – He has went from requiring jump starting 3 weeks ago to getting around rather slowly under his own steam. He is progressing daily and does pretty darn well for a guy that will turn 83 this year.
I wanted to comment on the planned Americade Trip before I close out this report. A number of folks have had to cancel plans for the ride to Americade at Lake George, NY. We are in the same boat in as much as I had to use up considerable leave time with my Dad since the first of the year. For those still interested in making the trip this year; Contact any of the folks that may still be planning on attending.
I suggest that folks interested in attending the Americade Rally in 2007 meet sometime in June to discuss the dates and secure lodging reservations now, as they are very difficult to get close to the rally site unless made a year in advance.
Ride safe and God Bless
Don & Lynette Broxson
Chapter B JAMs
The Mobile Rally was a wonderful way to leave March and welcome the wonderful riding month of April. All of us that were fortunate enough to attend the 2006 Rally had a wonderful time attending seminars, vendor shopping, enjoying the many events, and of restaurant-hopping.
The two things we did not have at the Rally were Trike Seminars and most importantly a Trike Training Course. Many of of us are due to renew our RED Levels and some of us are overdue. Kay and I came into Trike SIG too late to plan for a 2006 Rally Training Course. Never fear!! Your Trike SIG Reps for Alabama will be meeting with the District Staff and we will work diligently to make a course available at the 2007 Rally in Mobile. It will help if you will write, call or email either Kay or myself, that you will try to make the commitment to attend the course. I know it is a year out and many things can change, however I will need numbers to make this a done deal.
The Madison, AL Parking Lot Practice (PLP) on April 15th was a fun afternoon. Many thanks go to Kay Leonard, Assistant AL GWRRA TRIKE SIG Representative, for the excellent co-ordination effort it took to make the day successful. The attendees attended dinner at the Golden Rule Restaurant to rehash the events.
Even though some of us have been riding GoldWing Trikes for a number of years, we may have grown complacent or have developed bad habits. That is why practicing is beneficial to maintaining safe braking, cornering and swerving skills. (Oops! Did I say swerving? Swerving is not correct terminology for a Trike. Why? Trikes cannot swerve... in other words … lean. The correct terminology is Obstacle Avoidance Maneuvering (OAM). Everything these days is acronyms. I knew I would learn something!
Once the physics involved in braking, cornering and OAM is understood, it helps you to understand why you drop your shoulder on a curve, why you look through the curves, why you maintain a straight wheeled position while braking, why you try to put your weight to the back in a panic braking position, why trikes predominately use rear brakes as opposed to front brakes (as in 2-wheelers), why you need to understand the steering technique in Triking. Did you know that tumbling a Trike is possible and quite probable if your braking is not done correctly in a panic situation? Practicing is the ONLY WAY to hone these skills.
One of the fun practices was the one-handed maneuvering around cones. From this we practiced how important our wrist plays in the “push-pull” steering that is unique to trikes. When you pull right it is possible you will accelerate the throttle. Yahoo! I did that a couple of times!! Thought I was practicing for the rodeo. J
I had to practice on my depression. Not the Zoloft kind! It is not uncommon for some female trikers not depressing the rear brake pedal hard enough. Generally, our legs are shorter and leg strength not as great as a man’s. I was surprised at how smooth a panic brake can be if applied correctly and how scary it can be if the wheels are not straight. Fortunately, panic stops are not an everyday occurrence so practicing frequently is very important. Learning to find the correct braking pressure to take you to a perfect stop (no skidding involved) takes practice.
TRIKE HIKE 2006 AT WING DING IN NASHVILLE on Wednesday July 5, 2006 with lunch planned at 12:00 Noon. Cost of lunch is $11/person total, and includes the buffet with 2 or 3 meat choices, salad bar, drink, dessert, tax, and gratuity. You will need to sign up and pay in advance at the Trike SIG table in order for us to give the restaurant an accurate head count. Sign up on Monday and Tuesday until 6 PM at the Trike SIG table. Maps to the restaurant and other information will also be available there. The restaurant can only accommodate 175 people total so be sure to sign up early
Hope to see you at Wing Ding or at your Chapter get-together! During the Month of May we hope to visit Chapters Q, F, M, L and Z.
Until next we meet, RIDE WITH THE EYES OF AN EAGLE
Julianna Polka, Master Tour Rider 5680
2000 1500SE CSC “Rhapsody in Red”
GWRRA ALABAMA DISTRICT TRIKE SIG
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Alabama Assistant Rep
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Dian & I hope each of you had a blessed Easter and was able to spend time with your family and loved ones. See you in SC if you make it, otherwise we'll see you at the District Picnic on May 13th.
Love to all,
The Rally this year was a success thanks to all of you. Dian & I wish to thank each of you for attending the Rally this year and especially for the time you spend working to make things enjoyable for the attendees. We had people from 17 different states in Mobile last weekend, with over 1500 in attendance. The largest Region A District outside Alabama was Mississippi. The largest Alabama Chapter outside Mobile was Chapter B from Huntsville. The largest District outside Region A was Ohio and the largest Chapter outside Region A was an Ohio Chapter. We had 45 vendors, plus a food vendor and music in the vendor area this year. Longest distance and oldest riders were Buck and Flo Shute from New Jersey.
On Thursday evening we had an ice cream social again. After this we had a costume contest and a moon pie eating contest as a chapter challenge. Rick & Laura Brothers came in first in the costume contest and Jon & Diane Klaaren took second place. Leo Mechler of Chapter F won the moon pie-eating contest.
Friday the 2006-2007 District Couple of the Year was selected and the honor went to Frank & Linda Teasley of Chapter T. The talent show was Friday evening and we had some real good acts, even though Thelma and Louise victimized me, again.
Closing ceremonies was preceded by a parade of motorcycles decorated in Mardi Gras fashion and next came the Shriners followed by a Mardi Gras parade like none ever witnessed before. We had 7 different Mystic Organizations and 7 different Queens and Kings in the arena at the same time. This was a first. Never before has that many Queens been in the same building at the same time. Al & Marilyn Manning are the District Vendor Coordinators as of this year’s Rally. One of the Mardi Gras Queens is Al’s sister. Darlene Sumers is the 2006 Queen of the Polkadots. Her husband Bill is the 2005 King of the Stripers. We were very honored to have so many of the Mystic Organizations represented at our closing ceremonies this year and hope we can have them back again.
A Chapter Q member won the $1000.00 grand prize. A member from California won half of the 50/25/25 drawing. After closing 100 folks went on a dinner cruise and had a delicious seafood buffet. This was some of the best seafood I have ever eaten! If you didn’t make it to the Rally, you missed a super time with friends in a great place.
We want to let you all know how very much we appreciate your help at the Rally. Without you, the Members, it would be impossible for the Rally to happen. Thanks to all who attended and helped with making sure everyone had a great time in Mobile! Thanks also to those of you who donated decorations and other items for the Rally. Let me know your opinion of the Rally. I know a number of you had a problem at the hotel, that’s why we will not be going back to the Lafayette. We plan to be back in Mobile for the 2007 Rally, but we will be using different hotels. The Lafayette will not be on the list. We will be going to the Ramada and the Malaga next year. There will also be more parking at the Ramada and the Malaga.
Next year will be the 25th Anniversary of Alabama GWRRA. We hope you will plan to join us for a special celebration. Get your pin designs in to me before November 15, 2006. The deadline has been extended, so get busy and give us a design. It must include Alabama District Rally, Mobile, AL, March 29-31, 2007, 25th Anniversary, and GWRRA logo or words. Once again, THANK YOU for making this a great Rally.
On April 5th, we loaded up the trike and trailer and headed for Lafayette, LA and the Louisiana District Rally. This was our first Rally in Louisiana, but hopefully not our last. We had a great time and enjoyed meeting some new friends. We spent the night on Wednesday in Laurel, MS and were very fortunate to get a room. All the hotels in that area are still housing Katrina victims.
April 15th was the date for Chapter “E” kick off in Rogersville, AL at Joe Wheeler Resort. They cooked a chicken stew, had hamburgers, cold drinks and assorted deserts. They had a great turnout, with approximately 150 in attendance, and gave away lots of door prizes, grand prizes and 50/25/25. Longest distance riders were Dave & Ellen Hamilton from Chapter F. Thanks to all who came out and helped to get this Chapter rolling in a great way.
Let me know if you have a location in mind for the 2008 District Rally. If you need information on what is needed, as far as facilities, let me know. We will consider any location that meets our needs.
Till next month, Hug someone you love, and don’t forget to wave!
Bill & Dian
I guess I am recuperating from the rally and now am able to look back and make some assessments. From conversations it must have gone well. At least that is what I was told. When you are wrapped up in the planning and implementation stages it is hard to really tell. I was exhausted by the end of the rally and I guess that is just par for the course. So now lets look back at the rally and see what went well and what didn’t. What we can do better and what we need to forget about. The seminars, talent show, ice cream social, costume contest, pie eating contest, bike shows were well attended and obviously of great success. We had 44 vendors and most of them were happy with the attendance while some didn’t feel they had enough traffic. The entertainment in the vendor area was not visited enough to make it a mainstay. The food was. Some felt the vendors were too far from the arena and we will look at the possibility of moving them up next to the arena next year. The tour to Biloxi was a huge success. Over 60 people participated in that tour. Next year another tour will be provided but again it will be provided only on one day. More people will be provided to escort them from the local chapters. The poker run broke even and is questionable for next year even though over $1000 was given to charity. The dinner cruise was considered by everyone that attended well worth it. Not only was the food great but the scenery was as well. Next year there will be an early afternoon cruise and a cruise following the closing ceremonies. The hotel was disastrous. Not only were they not renovated as they promised but the service was poor and again the management wanted to change prices during meals and parking was a problem. Next year the host hotels will be the Ramada Inn and the Malaga Inns. Both are close to the Civic Center, in much better repair and parking will no longer be a problem. The Mardi Gras Parade was an unparallel parade that if you missed it you missed a treat that was specially prepared for you.
The rally in 2007 will be held in Mobile once again. It marks the 25th anniversary of GW in the State of Alabama. After that where the rally is held is up to YOU. We need your inputs. Where do you want the rally to be held? What is important to you concerning a rally? Do you want it to grow and have larger prizes? Are you happy with the size the rally is now? Do you want it in a metropolitan area or in a rural area? We need these inputs from you so informed decisions can be made. Please provide your feedback to your Chapter Directors where they can pass it on to us.
As time progresses we will start letting you know what is in store for next years rally. I assure you we’ll have a good time and some surprises should be in store.
Jim & Karen Lee
|Mon||May||01||6:40p||Seasoned Rider Seminar, Golden Rule Bar-B-Que, Hwy 20, Madison|
|Tue||May||02||6:00p||Supper at Lone Star, Madison Sq Mall|
|Thur||May||04||6:00p||Bike Night at Sonic, Wall Triana, Madison|
|SC District Rally, Spartanburg SC|
|Fri||May||05||8:30a||Breakfast at Little Diner, 1219 Jordan Lane, Ride TBD|
|7:00p||RELAY FOR LIFE, COMEOUT AND SUPPORT ALL THE CANCER SURVIVORS|
|Sat||May||06||10:00a||Meet at Favorite Market ride to Stans for lunch (map attached)|
|8:00a||AL-K Meeting, Underwood Community Center, Muscle Shoals|
|AL-K Yard Sale, Brooks High, Hwy 72, Killen AL|
|Sun||May||07||8:30a||Breakfast at Mullins, 607 Andrew Jackson Way, NE, Huntsville, ride TBD|
|Mon||May||08||6:00p||AL-E Meeting, Fish Creel Restaurant, Hwy 207, Anderson, AL|
|Tue||May||09||6:00p||Monthly Meeting at Ryan's, South Parkway, Huntsville|
|Thur||May||11||6:00p||Bike Night at Sonic, Wall Triana, Madison|
|6:00p||TN-G Meeting, Ponderosa, Tullahoma|
|Sat||May||13||6:30a||Breakfast at Cracker Barrel, ride to AL District Picnic (map attached)|
|Tue||May||16||6:00p||Birthday Dinner at Long Horn, University Drive, Huntsville|
|Thur||May||18||6:00p||Bike Night at Sonic, Wall Triana, Madison|
|Fri||May||19||8:30a||Breakfast at Little Diner, 1219 Jordan Lane, Ride TBD|
|Niehaus Goldwing Appreciation Days|
|Sat||May||20||6:45a||Ride for Kids Benefit Breakfast at Applebees, Madison, Come out and support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation|
|Al-Z Fun Day, Santuck AL|
|Sun||May||21||7:00a||Breakfast at Mullins, 607 Andrew Jackson Way, NE, Huntsville|
|8:00a||Ride to Hurricane Mills TN, Visit Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch. Dinner/Lunch Groups Choice. (map attached).|
|Mon||May||22||6:00p||Staff/Ride Meeting, Golden Rule, Hwy 20, Madison|
|Tue||May||23||6:00p||AL-I Meeting, Barnhills, Beltline, Decatur|
|Thur||May||25||6:00p||Bike Night at Sonic, Wall Triana, Madison|
|Sat||May||27||12:00p||Rolos, Airport Road, Ride to Guntersville for Country Cruisers Open House. Dinner at Top of the River after.|
|Sun||May||28||8:30a||Breakfast at Mullins, 607 Andrew Jackson Way, NE, Huntsville|
|1:30p||Ride to Little River Canyon, Dinner Along The Way|
|Tue||May||30||6:00p||Supper at Green Hills Grill|
|Thur||June||01||6:00p||Bike Night at Sonic, Wall Triana, Madison|
|Fri||June||02||8:30a||Breakfast at Little Diner, 1219 Jordan Lane, Ride TBD|
|Sat||June||03||Time TBD||Good Samaritan Ride, Depart Cowboys, Winchester Rd and Pkwy|
|Cookout at the Leonard's Following Ride. Please RSVP to kay :leo nard *kno logy :net|
|AL-K Meeting, Underwood Community Center, Muscle Shoals|
|AL-N yard Sale, Gadsen AL|
|Sun||June||04||8:30a||Breakfast at Mullins, 607 Andrew Jackson Way, NE, Huntsville, Ride TBD|
|Tue||June||06||6:00p||Supper at PoBoy Factory, Andrew Jackson, Huntsville|
|Thur||June||08||6:00p||Bike Night at Sonic, Wall Triana, Madison|
|6:00p||TN-G Meeting, Ponderosa, Tullahoma|
|Sat||June||10||12:00p||Favorite Mkt, Madison, Ride to dinner at ALL Steak, Cullman (map attached)|
|Sun||June||11||8:30a||Breakfast at Mullins, 607 Andrew Jackson Way, NE, Huntsville. Ride to Dismals.|
|Mon||June||12||6:00p||AL-E Meeting, Fish Creel Restaurant, Hwy 207, Anderson, AL|
|Tue||June||13||6:00p||Monthly Meeting at Ryan's, South Parkway, Huntsville|
Summary: 93.8 miles (2 hours, 37 minutes)
|0.0||Depart 348 County Line Rd, Madison, AL 35757 on US-72 [SR-2] (West)||5.5 mi|
|5.5||Bear RIGHT (North) onto CR-71 [Mooresville Rd]||4.8 mi|
|10.2||Turn LEFT (North-West) onto CR-64 [Copeland Rd]||0.1 mi|
|10.4||Bear RIGHT (North) onto CR-71 [Mooresville Rd]||0.5 mi|
|10.9||Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto Old US-31 [SR-251]||0.1 mi|
|11.0||Turn LEFT (North-West) onto CR-71 [Mooresville Rd]||3.3 mi|
|14.3||Continue (North) on CR-115 [Mooresville Rd]||1.9 mi|
|16.2||At 25562 Mooresville Rd, Elkmont, AL 35620, stay on CR-115 [Mooresville Rd] (North)||87 yds|
|16.3||Turn LEFT (West) onto Thach Rd||65 yds|
|16.3||Continue (West) on CR-100 [Thach Rd]||4.5 mi|
|20.8||Bear RIGHT (West) onto Sandlin Rd||0.9 mi|
|21.7||Turn RIGHT (North) onto Oak St||0.6 mi|
|22.3||Turn LEFT (South) onto CR-49 [Fort Hampton Rd]||1.0 mi|
|23.3||Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-127||4.1 mi|
|27.3||At SR-127, stay on SR-127 (West)||1.7 mi|
|29.0||Continue (North) on SR-166 [Bethel Rd]||13.1 mi|
|42.1||Turn LEFT (West) onto US-64 Byp [HWY-64]||2.6 mi|
|44.8||Turn LEFT (West) onto US-64||1.1 mi|
|45.9||Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-166 [Wales Rd]||5.9 mi|
|51.8||At SR-166, stay on SR-166 [Campbellsville Rd] (North)||20.0 mi|
|71.8||At SR-166, stay on SR-166 [S Main St] (North)||0.6 mi|
|72.4||Continue (North) on SR-243 [N Main St]||1.2 mi|
|73.6||Turn LEFT (North) onto Canaan Rd||0.5 mi|
|74.1||Turn RIGHT (East) onto US-43 [SR-6]||6.2 mi|
|80.3||Continue (North) on SR-6||6.6 mi|
|86.9||Bear RIGHT (East) onto US-412 [SR-99]||6.9 mi|
Summary: 254.1 miles (6 hours, 30 minutes)
|0.0||Depart Cracker Barrel Old Country Store||65 yds|
|0.1||Turn RIGHT (South) onto Wall Triana Hwy (SW)||0.5 mi|
|0.6||Continue (South) on Martin Rd (SW)||3.7 mi|
|4.3||Turn RIGHT (South) onto Redstone Arsenal||7.1 mi|
|11.3||Turn RIGHT (South) onto Briar Rd||0.1 mi|
|11.5||Turn LEFT (East) onto Buxton Rd||2.2 mi|
|13.7||Continue (East) on Green Cove Rd (SW)||1.2 mi|
|15.0||Turn RIGHT (South) onto US-231||45.5 mi|
|60.5||Bear RIGHT (South-West) onto SR-79||36.0 mi|
|96.5||Continue (South) on Tallapoosa St||120 yds|
|96.6||Bear RIGHT (South) onto 40th St N||0.8 mi|
|97.4||Turn RIGHT (West) onto 7th Ct N||65 yds|
|97.4||Turn LEFT (South) onto 39th St N||0.5 mi|
|97.9||Turn RIGHT (West) onto US-11 [1st Ave N]||2.1 mi|
|100.0||Continue (West) on 1st Ave N||0.6 mi|
|100.7||Turn RIGHT (North) onto 9th St N||0.1 mi|
|100.8||Turn LEFT (West) onto US-11 [3rd Ave N]||7.7 mi|
|108.6||Continue (South-West) on Bessemer Super Hwy||0.6 mi|
|109.1||Bear RIGHT (South-West) onto US-11 [Bessemer Super Hwy]||6.6 mi|
|115.8||Bear LEFT (South) onto Academy Ln||0.8 mi|
|116.6||Turn RIGHT (South-West) onto Old Tuscaloosa Hwy [4th Ave SW]||0.8 mi|
|117.4||Bear LEFT (South) onto McCalla Rd||1.0 mi|
|118.4||Bear RIGHT (South-West) onto CR-18 [Eastern Valley Rd]||0.3 mi|
|118.7||Continue (South-West) on Easter Valley Rd [Eastern Valley Rd]||1.7 mi|
|120.4||Continue (South-West) on CR-18 [Eastern Valley Rd]||4.2 mi|
|124.6||Continue (South-West) on CR-97 [Eastern Valley Rd]||0.7 mi|
|125.3||Turn LEFT (South-East) onto Tannehill State Park||1.3 mi|
|126.6||Turn RIGHT (South-East) onto Local road(s)||0.4 mi|
|127.0||At Tannehill State Park, return North-West on Local road(s)||0.4 mi|
|127.4||Turn LEFT (West) onto Tannehill State Park||1.3 mi|
|128.7||Turn RIGHT (East) onto CR-97 [Eastern Valley Rd]||0.7 mi|
|129.4||Continue (North-East) on CR-18 [Eastern Valley Rd]||4.2 mi|
|133.6||Continue (North-East) on Easter Valley Rd [Eastern Valley Rd]||1.7 mi|
|135.3||Continue (North-East) on CR-18 [Eastern Valley Rd]||0.3 mi|
|135.7||Bear LEFT (North) onto McCalla Rd||1.0 mi|
|136.6||Bear RIGHT (North-East) onto Old Tuscaloosa Hwy [4th Ave SW]||0.8 mi|
|137.4||Turn LEFT (West) onto Academy Ln||0.8 mi|
|138.3||Bear RIGHT (North) onto US-11 [9th Ave SW]||16.3 mi|
|154.5||Turn RIGHT (South) onto 22nd St N||87 yds|
|154.6||Turn LEFT (East) onto Morris Ave||0.2 mi|
|154.8||Turn LEFT (North) onto US-78 [24th St N]||87 yds|
|154.8||Turn RIGHT (East) onto US-11 [1st Ave N]||1.4 mi|
|156.2||Turn LEFT (North) onto 39th St N||0.5 mi|
|156.7||Turn RIGHT (East) onto 7th Ct N||65 yds|
|156.8||Turn LEFT (North) onto 40th St N||0.8 mi|
|157.5||Bear LEFT (North) onto Tallapoosa St||120 yds|
|157.6||Continue (North) on SR-79 [Tallapoosa St]||36.0 mi|
|193.6||Bear LEFT (North) onto US-231 [SR-53]||45.5 mi|
|239.2||Turn LEFT (West) onto Green Cove Rd (SW)||1.2 mi|
|240.4||Continue (West) on Buxton Rd||2.2 mi|
|242.7||Turn RIGHT (North) onto Briar Rd||0.1 mi|
|242.8||Turn LEFT (West) onto Redstone Arsenal||7.1 mi|
|249.9||Turn LEFT (West) onto Martin Rd (SW)||3.7 mi|
|253.6||Continue (North) on Wall Triana Hwy (SW) [Well Triana Hwy SW]||0.5 mi|
|254.1||Turn LEFT (West) onto Cleghorn Blvd||65 yds|
|254.1||Arrive Cracker Barrel Old Country Store [120 Cleghorn Boulevard, Madison, AL 35758, Tel: (256) 461-7670]|
Summary: 302.4 miles (6 hours, 34 minutes)
|0.0||Depart Mullins Drive In [607 Andrew Jackson Way NE, Huntsville, AL||0.5 mi|
|0.5||Turn LEFT (West) onto Oakwood Ave (NE)||3.3 mi|
|3.8||Continue (West) on SR-53 [Jordan Ln NW]||19.9 mi|
|23.7||Bear LEFT (West) onto SR-7 [Main St]||3.8 mi|
|27.5||Bear RIGHT (North) onto US-31 [Elkton Pike]||17.0 mi|
|44.4||Turn LEFT (North-West) onto US-64 [W College St]||45.8 mi|
|90.3||Continue (West) on SR-13 [W Hill St]||58.5 mi|
|148.7||Turn LEFT (West) onto CR-1796 [Hurricane Creek Rd]||98 yds|
|148.8||Turn RIGHT (North) onto Local road(s)||54 yds|
|148.8||At Loretta Lynn's Ranch [44 Hurricane Mills Rd, Hurricane Mills, TN 37078, Tel: (931) 296-7700||54 yds|
|148.8||Turn LEFT (East) onto CR-1796 [Hurricane Creek Rd]||87 yds|
|148.9||Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-13||58.5 mi|
|207.3||Turn RIGHT (South) onto US-64 [N Main St]||109 yds|
|207.4||Continue (South) on SR-13 [S Main St]||26.8 mi|
|234.2||Continue (South) on SR-17||11.6 mi|
|245.7||Bear LEFT (East) onto SR-133 [Cox Creek Pkwy]||2.7 mi|
|248.5||Turn LEFT (East) onto US-43||4.3 mi|
|252.8||Continue (East) on US-72 [HWY-72]||45.0 mi|
|297.8||Turn RIGHT (South) onto CR-87 [Burgreen Rd]||3.4 mi|
|301.3||Turn RIGHT (West) onto CR-121 [Hardiman Rd]||1.0 mi|
|302.3||Turn RIGHT (North) onto Local road(s)||0.1 mi|
|302.4||Arrive Madison area|
Summary: 160.6 miles (3 hours, 46 minutes)
|0.0||Depart CB/Shell||142 yds|
|0.1||Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-565 [US-72 Alt]||9.5 mi|
|9.6||At exit 19A, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto US-231 [US-431]||2.8 mi|
|12.4||Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto S Memorial Pky||0.4 mi|
|12.8||At Airport Rd SW & S Memorial Pkwy, Huntsville, AL 35801, stay on S Memorial Pky (South)||98 yds|
|12.9||Turn LEFT (East) onto Airport Rd SW||0.7 mi|
|13.6||Road name changes to Airport Dr SE||0.4 mi|
|14.0||Road name changes to Carl T Jones Dr SE||1.9 mi|
|16.0||At Carl T Jones Dr SE & Four Mile Post Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35802, turn LEFT (East) onto Cecil Ashburn Dr SE||3.6 mi|
|19.6||Road name changes to Sutton Rd||0.7 mi|
|20.3||At Sutton Rd & US-431, Owens Crossroads, AL 35763, road name changes to Local road(s)||21 yds|
|20.3||Road name changes to Old Hwy 431||1.6 mi|
|21.9||Turn RIGHT to stay on Old Hwy 431||1.3 mi|
|23.2||Turn LEFT (East) onto Cherry Tree Rd||7.5 mi|
|30.7||Turn LEFT (North) onto New Hope Cedar Point Rd||0.9 mi|
|31.6||Road name changes to CR-5||1.9 mi|
|33.5||Turn RIGHT (South) onto US-72||18.5 mi|
|52.0||Keep RIGHT onto Ramp||0.2 mi|
|52.2||Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto SR-35 [Veterans Dr]||1.9 mi|
|54.1||Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-35||1.3 mi|
|55.5||Turn LEFT (East) onto SR-40||21 yds|
|55.5||At near Dutton, return West on SR-40||21 yds|
|55.5||Turn LEFT (South) onto SR-35||22.1 mi|
|77.6||Take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-59||3.2 mi|
|80.8||At exit 222, turn RIGHT onto Ramp||0.2 mi|
|81.0||Turn RIGHT (South) onto US-11 [SR-7]||1.3 mi|
|82.4||At Little River Canyon National Preserve, stay on US-11 [SR-7] (North-East)||1.3 mi|
|83.7||Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-59||9.1 mi|
|92.8||At exit 231, turn RIGHT onto Ramp||0.2 mi|
|93.0||Turn LEFT (West) onto SR-117 [SR-40]||1.6 mi|
|94.6||Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-40||0.3 mi|
|94.9||Stay on SR-40 (West)||2.8 mi|
|97.7||At SR-40, stay on SR-40 (West)||16.8 mi|
|114.5||At SR-40, stay on SR-40 (West)||1.2 mi|
|115.7||Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-35||3.3 mi|
|119.0||Road name changes to SR-279 [SR-35]||164 yds|
|119.1||Turn LEFT (South-West) onto Local road(s)||21 yds|
|119.1||Take Ramp onto US-72 [SR-279]||21.1 mi|
|140.2||Turn LEFT (West) onto Knolton St||21 yds|
|140.2||At Paint Rock, return East on Knolton St||21 yds|
|140.2||Turn LEFT (North) onto US-72||4.3 mi|
|144.6||Turn LEFT (South) onto 3rd St, then immediately turn LEFT (East) onto US-72 [Trail of Tears Corridor]||0.2 mi|
|144.7||At Gurley, stay on US-72 [Trail of Tears Corridor] (East)||0.1 mi|
|144.9||Turn LEFT (North) onto Keel Mountain Rd, then immediately turn LEFT (West) onto US-72 [Trail of Tears Corridor]||0.5 mi|
|145.4||Turn LEFT (South-West) onto Little Cove Rd (SE)||4.1 mi|
|149.6||Keep STRAIGHT onto Eastern Byp SE||2.0 mi|
|151.5||Keep STRAIGHT onto Old Hwy 431||1.6 mi|
|153.1||Road name changes to Local road(s)||21 yds|
|153.1||At Sutton Rd & US-431, Owens Crossroads, AL 35763, road name changes to Sutton Rd||0.7 mi|
|153.9||Road name changes to Cecil Ashburn Dr SE||3.6 mi|
|157.5||Turn RIGHT (North) onto Carl T Jones Dr SE||1.9 mi|
|159.5||Road name changes to Airport Dr SE||0.4 mi|
|160.6||Arrive Airport Rd SW & S Memorial Pkwy, Huntsville, AL 35801|
Summary: 185.4 miles (4 hours, 48 minutes)
|0.0||Depart HWY-72 W, Madison, AL 35758 on US-72 [HWY-72 W] (West)||39.7 mi|
|39.7||Turn LEFT (South) onto SR-101 [Wheeler Dam Hwy]||54 yds|
|39.8||At Elgin, stay on SR-101 [Wheeler Dam Hwy] (South)||4.2 mi|
|43.9||Turn LEFT (East) onto CR-150||8.8 mi|
|52.7||Continue (South) on Jessie Jackson Pkwy [CR-150]||0.8 mi|
|53.5||Turn LEFT (East) onto SR-20 [US-72 Alt]||2.3 mi|
|55.9||Bear RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s)||0.3 mi|
|56.2||Continue (South) on SR-33||28.4 mi|
|84.6||Bear LEFT (East) onto CR-63 [Cheatam Rd]||3.3 mi|
|87.9||Turn RIGHT (West) onto CR-B15||1.4 mi|
|89.3||Turn LEFT (South) onto CR-12ME||0.2 mi|
|89.5||Bear RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s)||1.5 mi|
|91.0||Turn RIGHT (West) onto Local road(s)||0.5 mi|
|91.5||At William B Bankhead National Forest, return East on Local road(s)||0.5 mi|
|92.0||Turn LEFT (North) onto Local road(s)||1.5 mi|
|93.4||Bear LEFT (North-West) onto CR-12ME||0.2 mi|
|93.6||Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto CR-B15||1.4 mi|
|95.0||Turn RIGHT (South-East) onto CR-63||7.8 mi|
|102.8||Turn LEFT (North-East) onto US-278 [HWY-278]||28.9 mi|
|131.7||Turn LEFT (North) onto US-31||153 yds|
|131.8||Turn RIGHT (East) onto US-278 [3rd St SW]||0.3 mi|
|132.1||Turn RIGHT (South) onto 4th Ave SE||0.6 mi|
|132.8||Turn LEFT (East) onto 11th St SE||0.7 mi|
|133.4||Bear RIGHT (East) onto Welti Rd SE||0.5 mi|
|133.9||Turn LEFT (East) onto Bower Dr SE||0.5 mi|
|134.4||Turn LEFT (East) onto CR-703||0.4 mi|
|135.3||At Cullman area||0.5 mi|
|135.9||Turn RIGHT (West) onto CR-703||0.4 mi|
|136.2||Turn RIGHT (North) onto Bower Dr SE||0.5 mi|
|136.8||Turn RIGHT (North) onto Welti Rd SE||0.5 mi|
|137.3||Bear LEFT (West) onto 11th St SE||0.7 mi|
|137.9||Turn RIGHT (North) onto 4th Ave SE||0.6 mi|
|138.6||Turn LEFT (West) onto US-278 [3rd St SE]||0.3 mi|
|138.9||Turn RIGHT (North) onto US-31 [2nd Ave SW]||34.9 mi|
|173.8||Turn RIGHT (East) onto CR-45 [Airport Rd]||2.5 mi|
|176.4||Continue (East) on Bibb Garrett Rd||87 yds|
|176.4||Continue (East) on CR-45 [Bibb Garrett Rd]||1.5 mi|
|177.9||Turn LEFT (North) onto CR-71 [Mooresville Rd]||2.0 mi|
|179.9||Turn RIGHT (East) onto CR-10||3.6 mi|
|183.5||Turn LEFT (North) onto CR-119 [Segers Rd]||1.0 mi|
|184.5||Turn RIGHT (East) onto CR-121 [Hardiman Rd]||0.8 mi|
|185.3||Turn LEFT (North) onto Local road(s)||0.1 mi|
|185.4||Arrive Madison area|