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Tour de Jay, Northwest Florida(32 posts)

Tour de Jay, Northwest Floridapale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:01 PM
Had the day off so went on my little 24 miler. I like to call it the Tour de Jay because it goes through a cool little town called Jay. It's an agricultural area with cotton, peanuts, soybeans, and another crop called oil.

The new MX Leader is ready to go!
re: Tour de Jay, Northwest Floridapale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:03 PM
Starting out on Hwy 87 right on the Alabama, Florida line.
re: Tour de Jay, Northwest Floridapale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:05 PM
Heading down Dixonville road. Nice rolling hills through here.
re: Tour de Jay, Northwest Floridapale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:09 PM
It's cotton and peanut harvesting time. This is a cotton sprayer.
re: Tour de Jay, Northwest Floridapale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:11 PM
Some fields are really ready to go. The more sun the plants get the faster the bolls open.
re: Tour de Jay, Northwest Floridapale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:12 PM
One of the gins in Jay was going wide open! Here's a truck dropping off a load.
re: Tour de Jay, Northwest Floridapale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:15 PM
Here's the highway into Jay. The shoulder is about 4 feet wide! There are miles and miles of good road like this in NW Florida.
re: Tour de Jay, Northwest Floridapale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:19 PM
Should have seen me trying to get around this guy.
Who says there are no hills in Florida?pale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:22 PM
Hwy4 from Century to Baker is nothing but mile after mile of rolling hills. Whenever a new guy rides with our group we tell them the way back is all downhill! Yeah right.
Spanish Moss is cool.....pale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:23 PM
Took this before the haze set in.
Freshly tilled peanuts.pale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:26 PM
Mmmm the smell of freshly tilled earth. Too bad it rained yesterday.
Spider lillies.pale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:29 PM
These guys are everywhere. They only sprout and bloom in the late summer/early fall then disappear until next year.
Hitch hiker.pale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:30 PM
Noticed this little dude on the bike as I was loading up.
My, what a pretty bottom bracket Eddy has............nmrwbadley
Sep 24, 2003 8:58 PM
Century sign.pale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:54 PM
Even I can knock out this century in less than an hour?
Love bugs.pale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:36 PM
These little bastards need to go back to South America. They are stuck together at the tail, a male and female, and splat eggs all over your car when they hit.
Hog Heaven.pale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:43 PM
I'm a long time lurker on RBR and really like it when MB1 and Ms. M stop for a bite to eat after a ride. We do it a little different in LA, Lower Alabama. This little place will rank on any barbecurian's list.

There is a sign behind the counter that a customer gave the ladies. It says " We guarantee a smile for our customers. Either when you inter or when you leave." I kinda wonder about the inter part?
The after ride snack!pale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 4:45 PM
The sweet tea barely made it home. Nothing like a large pulled pork sandwich, chips, and sweet tea!
Nice reportramboorider
Sep 24, 2003 5:28 PM
Pretty ride, beautiful bike (drool, drool), and fine eats afterward.

But they still don't look like hills from here :)

Nice reportpale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 5:56 PM
Not even rolling ant mounds?
Nice lugs, nice roads...biknben
Sep 24, 2003 5:40 PM
Sweet looking merckx.

Tilt the camera next time you take pics of hills. I call those false flats and I'm in Jersey. :-)

BTW: that cotton sprayer looks like some kind of Insecticon Transformer or something. Very strange.
Nice lugs, nice roads...pale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 6:03 PM
C'mon, I swear those are hills! At least we call them hills around here. I'll take some on our Sunday ride of "bigger" ones. We have some honest to goodness 45mph downhills around here. At least it's better riding than South Florida. I wanted to get a pic of the cotton sprayer in action when the arms are down. I'm a transplant down here so they looked pretty freaky when I first got here. There is another type that is really futuristic looking. I was kind of bummed no crop dusters were in action. With the trees and power lines it makes for an awesome display............
Nice lugs, nice roads...bousson
Sep 24, 2003 6:23 PM
Seems like a nice ride - some rolling rises just to break the monotony.
Where is this in relation to Pensacola, or Perdido Key or Orange? I am in process of going down there more often w an eye to moving there and have only done some limited riding in Perdido and near the NAS on a rented MTB/hybrid. I was looking for longer routes to ride when I bring one of my bikes rather than rent.
45 mph downhills in FL??? Maybe down a flight of stairs...biknben
Sep 24, 2003 6:58 PM
I'm just playing with ya. When showing pics of hills you always have to say "Steeper than it looks". :-)
thanks for the memoriesbianchi boy
Sep 24, 2003 5:58 PM
I used to live in Valdosta, Ga., not far from your neck of the woods. It's beautiful country down there, particularly in fall, winter and spring. There's a good century in Albany, Ga., every spring. I also generally ride around Pensacola, Fla., once a year while visiting my wife's family there.
thanks for the memoriespale scotsman
Sep 24, 2003 6:15 PM
This ride is 40 miles straight north of P'Cola. BTW it's my first ride report and I'm planning on doing one for the Blackwater State Park area between Berrydale and Baker which is a little closer to P'Cola. 46 miles of smoooooooooooth roads. You are right about fall, winter, and spring down here. Riding year round and always something in bloom. Only thing is when it drops below 50 it's time to break the MTB out.
keep in touchbianchi boy
Sep 24, 2003 7:26 PM
I should contact you next time we travel to Pensacola and perhaps we can arrange a ride in your area. Usually we stay at the beach and I ride to Navarre and back every day, which is fun the first couple times but gets boring after a while. I actually prefer the kinds of roads shown in your photos. Send me an email if your interested, We usually visit in late June or July.

BTW, I also ride a Merckx (2 of them) -- a Corsa .01 and a AX ti. I wanted a Molteni orange Merckx so bad, but had to settle for a red and black one (the Corsa).
keep in touchpale scotsman
Sep 26, 2003 4:41 AM
Bianchi boy - I'll shoot you an e-mail this afternoon.
Hey! That's out north of Milton!sn69
Sep 24, 2003 8:35 PM
I used to live out there. Is the Albino Rhino still out there? Sheesh...I hope the ride was as nice as your pictures made it seem. I recall having beer bottles hurled at me by passing trucks frequently in the early 90s.

Hey! That's out north of Milton!pale scotsman
Sep 26, 2003 4:39 AM
I've heard rumors of the albino rhino but never seen it. Apparently some guy had an exotic animal collection around here. As far as beer bottles there's still plenty but they are usually broken up on bridges or signs. The locals are pretty cool so far. They wave, smile, ask questions, etc... The one thing that'll get your heart pumping is the stealth dogs. This area is a big dog hunting area and they'll hang out by the side of the road waiting for their ride. That is until I ride by......
Hey! That's out north of Milton!pale scotsman
Sep 26, 2003 6:30 AM
Uhmmm, just asked a co-worker and the Albino Rhino, the bar, is still there. Looks like I'm missing out on something.......
Sweet reportSpecialTater
Sep 25, 2003 5:25 AM
and thanks for the cotton update. The pickin' looks early down there. Pretty late up here in the Memphis area. Cool seeing the "hi-boy" and the 6 row picker. They are fun to drive, but not for 12 straight hours, 4 straight weeks. Slow enough that a decent sprint can take 'em.

Nice bike too.