We left Birmingham today after spending the night at Linda and Bruce’s house. They are family of a friend I’ve known since I was 14. We had such a fun time with them, and wish we could have stayed longer. We took US-79 NW out of Birmingham towards the beautiful Guntersville, AL. Eve has been telling me how nice the NE part of Alabama is, so we had to check it out for ourselves, especially since it was on our way to the Cherohala Skyway!
We were delighted when we pulled in to Guntersville and saw for ourselves how beautiful it really is. A little town surrounded by a lake, the Tennessee River, and the mountains. We were even happier that Eve had time to play tour guide for us! She took us on a quick tour around some scenic roads. She lured us to her house with promises of delicious Southern Sweat Tea. I’ve been drinking sweat tea ever since I’ve seen it appear in restaurants. We don’t have it in Minnesota, but it' is VERY common in the south. It’s like really sweet iced tea, but different.
Eve’s tea was fantastic and easily the best Sweet Tea I’ve had. We all had a good time telling stories and talking bikes. Too soon, it was time to go. Eve took us on another scenic ride before leading us out of town. We really wished we had more time to stop and visit. You were a great hostess Eve. Thank you!! We had a great time and it was well worth the visit. Great company, roads, and tea! Here is Eve’s post on our meeting today on her blog Sunny Side Up. She’s very lucky to live with such great scenery so near by!
Eve and her Iron:
We followed US-79 north to US-72 and took that east to Chattanooga where the skies opened up on us again. We saw it coming, and got our rain gear on in time. The winds were quite vicious too! We made it through the city traffic and rain, and stopped to take off the rain gear. It’s nice not getting wet in the rain!
A while later, we pulled into Sweetwater, TN where we will stay for tonight and tomorrow. This will give us a nice base camp for riding into the mountains tomorrow.
We rode 241 miles today and added Georgia to the state list. We lost an hour crossing into the Eastern Time Zone today.
We also completed two milestones. We travelled over 3000 miles on the trip so far with an estimated 1500 to go. The SV650 passed 25,000 miles this morning! It had just 6800 when I bought it in Feb 2009!
Full Flickr Album here (there is more than just the below)
- Great River Ride – The Plan
- Great River Ride – The Bike Prep
- Great River Ride – Day 1 – To Park Rapids, MN
- Great River Ride – Day 2 – The Mississippi Headwaters
- Great River Ride – Day 3 – Leaving Minnesota
- Great River Ride – Day 4 – Iowa
- Great River Ride – Day 5 – Into Missouri
- Great River Ride – Day 6 – Five States in One Day
- Great River Ride – Day 7 – Memphis and Mississippi
- Great River Ride – Day 8 – Louisiana
- Great River Ride – Day 9 – Rain and the Gulf
- Great River Ride – Day 10 – Mobile & Pensacola
- Great River Ride – Day 11 – To Birmingham
- Great River Ride – Day 12 – Sweet Tea and Sweetwater
- Great River Ride – Day 13 – Cherohala Dragons
- Great River Ride – Day 14 – In Threes
- Great River Ride – Day 15 – OH-555 and AMA Museum
- Great River Ride – Day 16 – US-30
- Great River Ride – Day 17 – Leaving Indiana
- Great River Ride – Day 18 – Chicago and Sojourner
- Great River Ride – Day 19 – Madison to Minneapolis
- Great River Ride – Reflections