Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Road Trip Day #4–Memphis to Chattanooga

mississippi state sign

Finally back on the motorcycle and riding. I left Memphis early in the morning to try and beat the heat. Fortunately, I was leaving the city because the traffic was intense as was the mounting heat. I crossed into Mississippi pretty quickly along US-72.

105f hot

It quickly became very hot. I took a picture of one of the roadside thermometers. If accurate, it is my new record knocking out 103F in Mississippi. A few other signs also showed 100F+, so I feel like it might be. I stopped a lot again. It was a tough ride.

US Space and Rocket Museum

When passing through Huntsville, AL, I saw the US Space and Rocket Museum along I-565. More exactly, I saw the rocket above from a ways out. I excitedly exited the interstate.

US Space and Rocket Museum

I was looking for a spot to stop, and this was going to be great! So much cool stuff to look at!!

US Space and Rocket Museum

An SR71 blackbird. Such a cool plane. I had one hanging from my ceiling when I was younger. I’ve seen one before, but I still get a thrill seeing them.

US Space and Rocket Museum

An entire building devoted to the Saturn V rocket. Amazing how big it is.

US Space and Rocket Museum

Lots of other neat rockets engines where in there as well, and other rockets behind the building.

US Space and Rocket Museum

A moon rock retrieved from the Apollo 12 mission.

I had a great time gawking at all the cool space stuff while enjoying the air conditioning. I was sad to move back into the oven also known as outside.

It was a short ride the rest of the way to Chattanooga. I am hoping the mountains tomorrow will lead to cooler temps.

A decent 300 mile day covering TN, MS, AL, GA, and back to TN. Tomorrow, I hope to bag that pesky 49th state: SC.

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6 comments:

  1. SC, the mystery state is revealed at last.

    That looks like a nice stop Huntsville museum. Is is part of the NASA facility or private?

    I can sympathize with those temperatures. Interior OR and WA were all triple digits temps.

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    1. Hint hint, the about page has a map ;-)

      I think it is part of the nasa facility. It didn't appear private. They did have other associated businesses inside.

      The mountains today were a relief. Triple digits are too hot. I would have to move if MN did that regularly

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  2. So glad you found the space museum to space out and chill out at the same time.

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    1. Me too! It was such a "cool" time. Hah

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  3. Cool space stuff in a cool environment ... Glad you had time to stop and enjoy. Here's hoping the mountains are cooler for you during the day tomorrow.

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    1. Thanks! The mountains were much, much cooler and much more fun to ride.

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