I had proposed the ride on the Vulcan Forums some time ago and had some interest. So, the 8th was the date. I got up early and went to the Valero beside Home Depot to get a Monster Rehab (green tea) and a snack (Nature Valley Fruit and Nut trail bar). Then I hit the Home Depot parking lot - just in case anyone had wanted to ride with me. Nobody. So, when I finished my trail bar, I put the Monster in my cup holder and went heels up.
From there, I headed to met up with Gravy and his girlfriend at Mary's Travel Center in Brookwood, AL (stage2 map). We met at the Huddle House and I had a great breakfast for under $5.00 - biscuits and sausage gravy with scrambled eggs.
Rick and his wife and Bobby (not me, I'm Graywalker) showed up and had some coffee, then we headed out to see Vulcan. There had been an accident on I-20, so we took an alternate route (stage3 map). This was my first group ride - four motorcycles - and I think we did pretty good. I can see how some hand signals would have done some good - like the group lead signaling for the rear rider to change lanes and hold traffic so everyone could get over. When we got there, I quickly got the photo:
stage4 map). It wasn't fancy - cheeseburger and onion rings for me, but it was good, good food. They had a good, live band and as we drove up they were playing Sweet Home Alabama - they are required to play that any time I come back to the state I was born in. ( LOL )
stage5 map). I followed Gravy to Brookwood, gassed up and got a Gator Ade, then headed on Home. I had to stop at the Pilot in Meridian to refuel - the bike and me. Had a Subway sammich and took half home to Willice. I wish she had been able to come with me... I've got to get a sissy bar. Of course, if she had, we would have probably gotten a hotel room in Birmingham for the night.
All in all, it was about a 515 mile trip and somewhere around 14 hours. It was great to meet everyone and they were all really cool people and I enjoyed hanging out and riding with them!