|Travelogue -- Dr Bob's Northwest Territory Motorcycle Ride|
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21 May 2015, 9:00 PM CT, Selma, AL
From a traffic point of view, today was really boring. No four hour traffic problems. Not even a one minute problem, except for some of the ridiculously long traffic light cycles. Not even a single drop of rain.
Here are my statistics for the day:
Chocolate Shakes: Zip (In an email today Dean told me that he will sleep better tonight knowing that I had a Chocolate Shake yesterday.)
I was off about 9:30 and headed west. Because I was very close to Tallahassee, I had to run past the Capitol. If you are already familiar with my travelogues, you will know that I take pictures of Capitols. My rule is that I must take a picture, even if I have done it before, simply because I pass through a Capitol city. Here's my artistic view of the Florida Capitol. I like the old Capitol, not the new one, but this picture of the new one is better than nothing. My bike is what makes it artistic.
I did take a picture of the new Capitol to try to include the entire thing. It is not easy. The sun is in the wrong place, I hid it behind the building. Because of that, I had to get closer than I wanted to. Anyway, here it is in all its glory.
When I headed out this morning, I was going to New Orleans. The clockwise option. I even sent an email to Hanna saying I was going to New Orleans.
I had lunch in Marianna, Florida. I looked at my NOAA app, and the weather forecast, and saw that bad weather was headed for New Orleans, and it would get there before I would. And it would still be bad tomorrow morning. What I wanted to do was get a beignet and coffee at Cafe Du Monde. Doing that in rain is not to my liking. So, I changed my plan. I decided to head to Memphis, the anticlockwise option. (I had to do that for my European friends.)
So I climbed back on my bike and told Gladys to take me to Memphis. Who is Gladys you ask? Gladys is my GPS. I told her to not put me on Interstates, just regular roads. Two or three hours later, I found myself in Montgomery, Alabama. That had not been my plan, it was all Gladys' fault. She took me there. So, as I said before, Montgomery, being a Capitol city, I had no choice.
When you look at my map you will see a change, I was expecting to be south of Montgomery. But I hope you understand, that's where Gladys took me.
I then looked at Google Maps on my iPhone, I wondered if I was close to Selma. Well, I was, about 40 miles away. So I decided to head to Selma. You probably recognize the next picture, it was in the news a couple of months ago. This year was the 50th anniversary of the Selma march led by Dr. Martin Luther King.
Here's both sides of a sign at the bridge.
And here's a view of the lower part of the bridge. Being an engineer, but not a civil engineer, I like to look at things like this.
By this time it was getting late enough that I wanted to call it a day. I headed for a Quality Inn in Selma. Along the way I saw this drug store.
I had to stop and take a picture. I have not seen a Rexall Drug Store in years and years. When I was a kid, we always went to the Rexall Drug Store in Osgood, Indiana. I didn't even know that there was still a Rexall Drug Store.
That's all Folks!