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Phil Heffernan
05-08-2010, 09:45 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30666815@N08/4588597683/

In ten days, I'm flying to Myrtle Beach, SC and picking up this sweet two-wheeler and heading out on the blue highways for two weeks...

My mother was Southern, born and bred, till she graduated Auburn and moved to NYC to become her own person, and the rest is history. In 1960, she took her 10 year old son (me) on a long 'Civil War Tour' where we travelled through the South visiting the battlefields. I remember every second of it, and on this 40th anniversary of that journey, and as a celebration of my Mother, I decided to go visit the home of my ancestors.

From Myrtle Beach, I head down to Hilton Head to see a vacationing girlfriend, (;)) but after that I head west til I reach Oxford Miss. for a 3 day Blues Harmonica Festival:
http://www.hillcountryharmonica.com/home.html
Then I head back to Myrtle Beach by way of Nashville (to see my sister)...
SO, I thought I'd consult with my WBF friends to see if they had suggestions for my route. :)
Here's my tentative route so far:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30666815@N08/4589266050/
Hilton Head
Columbus GA
Tuscaloosa AL
Oxford MS
Memphis TN
Nashville TN
Asheville NC
Charleston SC
I'm looking for the back road treasures, avoiding big highways unless I'm surrounded by suburban sprawl...I'm looking for the Old South:cool: and bringing my camera to preserve it!
Any suggestions, tips, advice, warnings, etc.??

Thanks, PH

ishmael
05-08-2010, 10:12 AM
My only advice would be to not try to fit too much in. If it were me, I'd probably spend the whole time exploring the barrier islands, but that's just me. There is always a lot of interest on such a trip, but your itinerary for two weeks would make me crazy. LOL.

If you are interested in history, log on to the various city web sites and pick out places you really would be interested in visiting. Banal advice, but there it is.

Drive that motorcycle safe! Have fun!

wizbang 13
05-08-2010, 10:16 AM
glad to see you are avoiding Texas

Paul Pless
05-08-2010, 10:28 AM
Hilton Head is only an hour or two from Savannah which would be worthwhile.

And like I tell absolutely everybody that visits northern Alabama that has an interest in motorcycles, you must go to the Barber Motorcycle Museum. There are some great rides nearby as well... Mt. Cheaha and the Talladega National Forest, and Little River Canyon.

Be careful not to get trapped in Ashville, its a captivating little city on the Appalachian Trail.

check your pm's

bobbys
05-08-2010, 10:31 AM
I should like it if you posted pictures of your trip with commentary.

I have only been south as far as Trenton NJ and should like one day to visit the South land..

Be safe and have fun!

botebum
05-08-2010, 10:39 AM
Phil, I live just across the state line from MB. Love to meet you either outbound or return trip. PM for phone #

Doug

SamSam
05-08-2010, 10:48 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30666815@N08/4588597683/

I'm looking for the Old South:cool: and bringing my camera to preserve it!
Any suggestions, tips, advice, warnings, etc.??

Thanks, PHhttp://www.roadsideamerica.com/ I learned about 'Chico's Monkey Farm' and the 'Maude, The Beer Drinking Mule' attractions here.

Ras Baba
05-08-2010, 10:53 AM
Between Oxford and Memphis or Nashville try to find some sections of the Natchez Trace, one of the first purpose-built scenic highways in America. Around Tuscaloosa you might take a ride up Mt. Cheeha, arguably the last mountain on the south end of Appalachians. Pisgah wilderness is a pretty part of north Alabama.

botebum
05-08-2010, 10:57 AM
There are some plantation tours on Rte. 17 between Georgetown, SC and Charleston. Georgetown has an interesting waterfront area with older home tours nearby. Savannah is loaded with sites, tours, etc. While in Asheville you have to see Biltmore(but you knew that).

Doug

ishmael
05-08-2010, 10:57 AM
A couple of road books, something to read. Wiliam Least Heat Moon's "Blue Highways" is a classic, as is Steinbeck's "Travels with Charlie." I'm sure there is more contemporary literature about the region and the road, but I don't know it. Having a book to read that inspires would be good. Maybe pick it up as you go along. I don't know where you are planning to park each night, but after a peruse of the local news an engaging book about being a road warrior is worth it's weight.

May the force be with you. I wish I had such a trip planned! Best of luck.

Phil Heffernan
05-08-2010, 02:26 PM
Ish I've read both those books, and in the process of reading Blue Highways again. What a great story he told, and his writing is pitch perfect...Thanks for the input guys, I'm definitely playing it loose as I go and if the distances are too grueling I may scale it back a bit...I started out by wanting to go to the Blues festival, which is where the distance came in, and wanting to start out with visiting Nancy in Hilton Head...Oh well, I may not get everywhere, but it won't be for the lack of trying;)
PH

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
05-08-2010, 03:49 PM
It'll be too hot for your thick Yankee blood down there.

Phil Heffernan
05-08-2010, 05:28 PM
It'll be too hot for your thick Yankee blood down there.

Ain't worried...Wind chill factor:D

Paul Pless
05-08-2010, 05:40 PM
what kinda bike?

JTA
05-08-2010, 08:16 PM
Tail of the Dragon

The Gentleman Sawyer
05-08-2010, 08:52 PM
In Oxford be sure to eat at Taylor Grocery:

http://www.taylorgrocery.com/

It's located just outside of Oxford, serves outstanding food and has live blues/folk music.

Ken

LeeG
05-08-2010, 09:45 PM
here's a trip

http://www.superstreetonline.com/features/130_0901_honda_ruckus_wan_lees/index.html

Glen Longino
05-08-2010, 11:10 PM
glad to see you are avoiding Texas

Somebody get a rope!:eek:

bamamick
05-09-2010, 07:35 AM
Sounds like a great trip, Phil. I actually did something like that with my dad a few years back. He took me to the thriving burgs of Tallulah and Lake Providence, Louisiana, and Arkansas City, Arkansas. Places where he was born and lived as a child until leaving home for the Navy and eventually settling here in Alabama, where his family had deep roots.

I was in Tuscaloosa yesterday and it was gorgeous as always in the spring (spring-like weather yesterday with highs in the 70's. Very nice).

University towns are always nice down here. Nice places to visit. My only suggestion to you is one that might not fit into your trip worth a darn but if I were you I would try and do it: make a left turn once you come across I-65 as you are heading towards Tuscaloosa from Columbus and drive down to Pensacola on the coast, then run over to Appalachicola for a look at what the Gulf Coast once looked like and still is, at least for the time being. There is an exit just north of Atmore, Alabama that takes a direct route to Pensacola, and from there it's couple of hours down to one of the last real fishing towns on the northern Gulf Coast.

I am thinking about taking a weekend trip and doing the same, though not on a bike, of course. There is a great deal of real fear where I live that we seeing the destruction of a way of life forever take place before our eyes. Those of us who believe that we will never see this place as it is again in our lifetimes are doing goofy, sentimental things like taking long walks on the beaches our hitting the water as much as we can right now. I guess you could call this our 'bucket-list'? Anyway, if you want to see some of the old South and wanted a bit of a well-rounded tour I would try to take a peek at the coast down here.

Mickey Lake

Phil Heffernan
05-09-2010, 09:22 AM
what kinda bike?

http://www.eaglerider.com/rentals/harley-davidson-heritage-softail-classic.aspx

Originally I was going to ride the Sportster down from Cold Spring. But discretion is the better part of valor, and I realized that 1. The thousand extra miles down and back wasn't worth it, and 2. It's just not set up as a touring bike. At all. :)

Phil Heffernan
05-09-2010, 09:27 AM
My only suggestion to you is one that might not fit into your trip worth a darn but if I were you I would try and do it: make a left turn once you come across I-65 as you are heading towards Tuscaloosa from Columbus and drive down to Pensacola on the coast, then run over to Appalachicola for a look at what the Gulf Coast once looked like and still is, at least for the time being. There is an exit just north of Atmore, Alabama that takes a direct route to Pensacola, and from there it's couple of hours down to one of the last real fishing towns on the northern Gulf Coast.

Mickey Lake

Mick, I've been down to Appalachicola, and have always called it the 'Cold Spring of Florida'...I'd move there in a New York minute if I could...It originally was in my itinerary, but all the pieces didn't quite fit, at least not in the time frame...

PH

Iceboy
05-09-2010, 08:00 PM
http://www.eaglerider.com/rentals/harley-davidson-heritage-softail-classic.aspx

Originally I was going to ride the Sportster down from Cold Spring. But discretion is the better part of valor, and I realized that 1. The thousand extra miles down and back wasn't worth it, and 2. It's just not set up as a touring bike. At all. :)
Yep, that sporty would just ruin you on a trip that long. Rode one of mine from Wisconsin to Florida and back. Never again. Took me a week to stop shaking.:D

Phil Heffernan
05-11-2010, 03:46 PM
I'm leaving this Sunday. Starting to get travel butterflies. What WILL the future bring?
Picking up Triptik and a passle of maps tomorrow at Triple A...Kinda bumping as well:)

PH

Paul Pless
05-11-2010, 04:10 PM
I love that ride across central Georgia, I've made it many times. It's gotta be one of the loneliest roads in the South East.

Russ Manheimer
05-11-2010, 04:15 PM
Bon voyage Phl. Just make sure your rental bike doesn't have an American flag motif!

Started a Blog yet? I encouraged Phil to do so when we met for lunch in the East Village a few weeks ago.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4544037576_7d5e9ce9ef.jpg

Our Easy Rider.

Russ

pefjr
05-11-2010, 04:30 PM
Columbus GA
If you like seafood, especially raw oysters, try this place. It's down home atmosphere and cooking.

Rose Hill Seafood 31904

It's been there in that location forever and we never miss going there for oysters.

Good luck


http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XjxZQd4MRvc/SkU1CnZzX6I/AAAAAAAAAYc/wqjlsHAKjK8/s800/picasabackground.jpg

jack grebe
05-11-2010, 04:37 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4544037576_7d5e9ce9ef.jpg

Our Easy Rider.

Russ

Get your motor running.................
Get out on the Highway.............





Have a blast:cool:

pefjr
05-11-2010, 05:23 PM
[QUOTE=Russ Manheimer;2590497] Just make sure your rental bike doesn't have an American flag motif![quote] :confused: what?? why?

The Bigfella
05-11-2010, 05:25 PM
Don't forget your helmet cam.....

http://www.vholdr.com/contourhd/img/overviewLeft.jpg

.... mine turned up earlier this week. Bloody amazing.... full 1080 HD video.

mmd
05-11-2010, 05:35 PM
pefjr, I bet that "American flag motif" comment was a reference to Peter Fonda's bike in Easy Rider. If you recall, the movie ended with a couple of rural south "gentlemen" killing Fonda and Hopper's characters with a shotgun carried on a window rack in their pick-up...

Russ Manheimer
05-11-2010, 05:41 PM
Indeed

Bobby of Tulsa
05-11-2010, 05:51 PM
Indeed

Ok, just to avoid that kinda stuff. Turn right at Nashville for about nine hours and you will be in a small town called Tulsa. South from there for about four hours and you should find a Texican. Just sayin:)

Phil Heffernan
05-11-2010, 06:07 PM
Hi Russ,
Still don't have no blog, I figure I'll just use the WBF for this trip...And thanks Paul for the secret roads you suggested in the PM's, as well as the comment on the Georgia leg, I was kinda wondering about that...

pefjr
05-11-2010, 06:07 PM
pefjr, I bet that "American flag motif" comment was a reference to Peter Fonda's bike in Easy Rider. If you recall, the movie ended with a couple of rural south "gentlemen" killing Fonda and Hopper's characters with a shotgun carried on a window rack in their pick-up...ahh, ok thanks, mmd.

Phil Heffernan
05-11-2010, 06:09 PM
If you like seafood, especially raw oysters, try this place. It's down home atmosphere and cooking.

Rose Hill Seafood 31904

It's been there in that location forever and we never miss going there for oysters.

Good luck


http://lh3.ggpht.com/_XjxZQd4MRvc/SkU1CnZzX6I/AAAAAAAAAYc/wqjlsHAKjK8/s800/picasabackground.jpg

Thanks, and I take it that sweet Sportster is yours? I just put a fairing on mine, and she's a different bike...

Captain Intrepid
05-11-2010, 06:13 PM
Whatever you do, don't let one of these guys near your bike with a paintbrush.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWHeF0W-l0I&feature=related

Phil Heffernan
05-11-2010, 06:13 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30666815@N08/4588597683/
I'm testing uploading pictures from Flickr. If it appears, it's the bike I'll be riding...

PH

OK, nothing appeared...I'll have to trouble shoot this, I have to be able to upload!

Paul Pless
05-11-2010, 06:14 PM
nada

The Bigfella
05-11-2010, 06:17 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30666815@N08/4588597683/
I'm testing uploading pictures from Flickr. If it appears, it's the bike I'll be riding...

PH

OK, nothing appeared...I'll have to trouble shoot this, I have to be able to upload!

You mean this?

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4588597683_63ba9656e2.jpg

I used the link you did Phil... right clicked on the link for it and pasted it into the picture icon box

pefjr
05-11-2010, 06:18 PM
Thanks, and I take it that sweet Sportster is yours? I just put a fairing on mine, and she's a different bike...That's mine, this one is the wife's. Prettiest color I have ever seen.


http://lh4.ggpht.com/_XjxZQd4MRvc/SjwXxe1KkhI/AAAAAAAAAWE/cwHzxln7jqc/s512/006.JPG

Wish I could go to that harmonica festival

Paul Pless
05-11-2010, 06:18 PM
i can see it now

Phil Heffernan
05-11-2010, 06:27 PM
You mean this?

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4588597683_63ba9656e2.jpg

I used the link you did Phil... right clicked on the link for it and pasted it into the picture icon box

I did the exact same thing, but I see nada...And I still can't see anything on my post...Maybe I'll use Photobucket?

Paul Pless
05-11-2010, 06:29 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30666815@N08/4588597683/
OK, nothing appeared...I'll have to trouble shoot this, I have to be able to upload!


I did the exact same thing, but I see nada...And I still can't see anything on my post...Maybe I'll use Photobucket?

Can't you use your homepage to host photos?

Phil Heffernan
05-11-2010, 06:37 PM
Can't you use your homepage to host photos?

Not really, it's a long story why not:D

Never fear, I'll fix this, I'm prepping the media machine for a Mr. Dillon type of approach :cool:

PH

Paul Pless
05-11-2010, 06:38 PM
Never fear, I'll fix thisi bet joe can show how:D

Phil Heffernan
05-11-2010, 06:39 PM
i bet joe can show how:D

Ya think? LOL

pefjr
05-11-2010, 06:40 PM
Not really, it's a long story why not:D

Never fear, I'll fix this, I'm prepping the media machine for a Mr. Dillon type of approach :cool:

PHGoogle's Picasa is the easiest, and you can send invite to all to view your photos, and don't have to send them out.

OconeePirate
05-11-2010, 08:38 PM
If'n you take the backroads from S.C. to Columbus you'll likely wind up coming through Milledgeville. Stop in and say hi.

seayou7
05-12-2010, 08:49 PM
bump

Phil Heffernan
05-12-2010, 09:07 PM
If'n you take the backroads from S.C. to Columbus you'll likely wind up coming through Milledgeville. Stop in and say hi.
If weather and fate cooperate, I just may do that;)...Can you pm me a phone and address?

PH

Phil Heffernan
05-19-2010, 07:26 PM
Well gang, I'm officially on the road. Typing this from a wi fi equipped room in Tupelo Mississippi, it's 8:30 and still plenty of sunlight...I'll be filling in the blanks and uploading photos tomorrow, as severe thunderstorms are forecast for Thursday, and I may chill out and do work while the rain falls...So far the trip has been MAGICAL...Details to follow!

PH

Ross M
05-19-2010, 07:48 PM
Well gang, I'm officially on the road. Typing this from a wi fi equipped room in Tupelo Mississippi, it's 8:30 and still plenty of sunlight...I'll be filling in the blanks and uploading photos tomorrow, as severe thunderstorms are forecast for Thursday, and I may chill out and do work while the rain falls...So far the trip has been MAGICAL...Details to follow!

PH

Excellent! Hope you did (or will get to do) some of the Trace.

Say hi to Elvis's ghost :cool:

Ross

bamamick
05-19-2010, 08:10 PM
My wife has a great aunt who lives in Tupelo. Her mother's family is from around there. They used to have a football team in Tupelo named the 'Fire Ants'. I always thought that was cool. Maybe you'd have to be from the south for that to make sense?

Speaking of bugs, I hope you have a windshield on your bike, Phil? This time of year down here we have an awful lot of bugs, especially at sunrise and sunset.

Be careful out there.

Mickey Lake

Phil Heffernan
05-20-2010, 08:30 PM
Glad you made it, Phil. Do you still have my number?

I do MMike, and will be calling...Plans still forming, but I'm heading to Oxford tomorrow...Will call when I'm settled!

Phil Heffernan
05-21-2010, 12:45 AM
Here you go folks...Starting out from Myrtle Beach, luggage was attached almost like I planned it...I have a bit to learn about packing for a bike, but this was tent, bag, stove, clothes, and miscellaneous items like blues harmonicas, laptops and all jobs pending. ready to multitask...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4625356007_c576acce64_b.jpg

jack grebe
05-21-2010, 06:49 AM
You da man..................:D

Travel safe and check in often.

I'm gonna be doing the same thing (bike trip)
in a few months when I go to PA. and pick up
my sons ROADSTAR and bring it back here to
south FL.:cool:



oh, and as far as the bugs...............keep your mouth
closed:p

Phil Heffernan
05-21-2010, 08:18 AM
Yesterday it poured. I decided to wait out the all day storm in Comfort (Inn)...Caught up on work, have laptop, will travel:cool:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3327/4626237429_1a82cf621a.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4001/4626232783_8b5f288cd6.jpg

Off to Oxford Mississippi today, scattered thunderstorms so I get to check out my foul weather gear...;)
I am camping at the Festival, where there isn't wi fi, so I'll catch up on Monday...
The Blues Rules!

PH

pefjr
05-21-2010, 08:36 AM
Enjoy that festival

rainydayblues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOgDDLmBjgg&feature=related)

JTA
05-21-2010, 08:40 AM
Hope it is not too late, but Google Clarksdale, MS or the Ground Zero Blues Club. You are not far

Jack

Venchka
05-24-2010, 09:12 AM
glad to see you are avoiding Texas

That is just so wrong.

oznabrag
05-24-2010, 09:35 PM
glad to see you are avoiding Texas

No.

I'm glad to see that YOU are avoiding Texas. :rolleyes:

Seriously, dude, when you manage to overcome your regional bigotry, I'll feed you so much tequila and barbecue you won't be able to make the dang door.:eek::eek::eek:

Until then, please remember that there are a lot of us here who have no understanding whatsoever of our elected officials, and fervently hope that we go to Hell, so we can watch those pendejos burn. :D

oznabrag
05-24-2010, 09:37 PM
Somebody get a rope!:eek:

Thass what I'm sayin', boss!

garland reese
05-24-2010, 09:43 PM
Be sure and grab a bite and the Loveless Cafe, just outside Nashville. If you like tradition, the Ryman might well be hosting the Grand Ole Opry on weekends, since the flood ruined the new place. The Loveless Cafe hosts a Wednesday evening music show called Music City Roots. Sam Bush is supposed to be there this week.... the music is usually pretty darned good. So are the biscuits and gravy.. and everything else, if you like southern home cookin. There is a website for the Loveless cafe just google it

Mel and I enjoyed a Friday night at the Ryman, the first Friday after the big deluge.... It was nice to see the Opry at the Ryman.... Little Jimmy Dickens was a host.

oznabrag
05-24-2010, 09:45 PM
Ok, just to avoid that kinda stuff. Turn right at Nashville for about nine hours and you will be in a small town called Tulsa. South from there for about four hours and you should find a Texican. Just sayin:)

Thass right, an' we allus gots a meal and a cot for the weary.

Throw another quart of water in the soup pot, and like that. ;)

Ed Harrow
05-24-2010, 09:48 PM
Watch out for the red clay. Slick as greased owl poop on a wet day.

Phil Heffernan
05-30-2010, 11:02 AM
Well son of a gun, I SURVIVED!

I'm posting this Sunday morning in my kitchen in Cold Spring, happy as a clam with my dog Walker at my feet, and my daughter on the couch. Organizing photos so I can give you folks a little travelog/photo gallery with a Southern flavor...

So good to be home and out of harms way, but I already miss the thrill of rolling on the backroads of the glorious South...DAM, that Harley was comfy...

More to come...Time to go out and ride the Sportster, too nice of a day to type on a computer!!

PH

Russ Manheimer
05-30-2010, 12:09 PM
Nice to see you back safe and sound and full of good stories. Give us a Lefty style narrative.

Russ

StevenBauer
06-13-2010, 08:55 PM
Nice to see you back safe and sound and full of good stories. Give us a Lefty style narrative.

Russ


Yes. We've been waiting for two weeks almost. Get on with it already.


Steven

Mrleft8
06-13-2010, 09:20 PM
Carter was asking about your trip today, and whether you'd started inking it yet.....

Phil Heffernan
06-13-2010, 09:48 PM
Comin' up!

PH