for this trip, i decided to pay a visit to some of the the graves of the people and places that influenced my life. these include the graves of hank williams, jimmie rodgers and duane allman, st. louis cemetary #1(where the cemetery scene from easyrider was shot) and also the museums dedicated to these great musicians. the trip began with me heading south on u.s.221 to u.s.378 into georgia. i then rode state rt.44( should be a scenic hiway )then a brief run on I-20 to state rt.83 ( another road that should be a designated scenic route )get off 83 onto u.s.23 south and look for lake juliette for camping.i camped here in order to have a full day to ramble around macon ga.which is only about 15 miles down 23. once in macon 23 becomes riverside drive where you will find rose hill cemetery, this is where duane allman and berry oakly are buried. also buried here is elizabeth jones reed, made famous by the allman bros. tune 'in memory of elizabeth reed'. there are lots of allman bros related places to see in macon but the one you have to experience is the H&H cafe. home of mama louise, this place is an allman bros shrine. its on forsythe st. then head out vineville to the big house, the bros. museum. leaving macon on state rt.74 over to state rt.36 to state rt.41 to st.rt.190 and st.rt.18 which takes you into lanett al. each of these routes were made for motorcycles. i camped at amity c/g on west point lake outside of lanett. rode I-85 into montgomery next morning and went to oak hill cemetery where hank sr. is buried. went downtown to the museum but traffic was horrible, after all those country roads what more do you expect. left montgomery on u.s.80 west to selma. camped at six mile creek on the alabama river. did a little sightseeing around selma then headed south on st.rt.41 toward my next destination, monroeville al. monroeville is best remembered as the setting for the noval 'to kill a mockingbird'. i camped along the alabama river at isaac creek c/g north of monroeville. hiway 41 between selma and monroeville is a great ride with a drastic change from long straightaways to sudden almost mountain like curves. after visiting the old courthouse and the remains of truman capote's home i continued south on rt.21 to I-65 around mobile. i hit u.s.90 first chance i got and down the coast to gulfport. in gulfport i camped at big biloxi c/g on u.s.49north. from here i rode into new orleans for a day trip. taking I-10 its about 80 miles one way. that was a little much for me so after 2 nites i relocated to mcleod c/g about 30 miles closer in bay st. louis ms. riding hiway 90 into new orleans from here was incredible. this route takes you through the swamps and bayous of mississippi and louisiana. the down side of this route was all the after effects of katrina were still everywhere. while in new orleans i visited st.louis cemetery#1. not only did easyrider film in this place, marie laveau is buried here. n'olins was a blast. after 5 days it was time to head north. so i rode up to u.s.11 and toward meridian ms where i visited the jimmie rodgers museum. i camped at at twitley branch c/g on lake ockatibbee(which was full of gators). then headed toward home. took u.s.80 east and made my way to red top mountain north of atlanta where i camped at mckinney c/g on lake allatoona. this route carried me through some excellent barely traveled hiways. next stop, the mountains of north georgia. riding the old moonshine routes through dawsonville i made my way to the chattahoochee national forestand my favorite campground, desoto falls recreation area. i picked up a few supplies and set up my camp. man it was nice, i was the only camper in the place. i gathered enough firewood for a couple three days and sat back and relaxed. whatta trip
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Looked like a great trip. I never would have thought to put a trip together based on cemetary's, but after reading yours I might just give it a thought. Always wondered about that cemetary in Macon, as I have passed by it dozen's of times headed north. Now I have a reason to stop. Dude thanks!
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
yeah man it was pretty cool. be sure to eat at the H&H
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM