While my wife was driving the Camry, the check engine light came on. My wife told me that car was shaking. So we had it towed to our nearby service station. They ran the engine code and they found that some of the cylinders were miss firing. They changed the spark plugs and spark plug wires.
It ran okay for one day then the check light came back on again and the engine started to misfire. So I change the ignition coils with Denso coils. We've got it running good now.
While riding in Georgia, North Carolina, & Tennessee, I noticed that my voltage was fluctuating a bit. The day would typically begin at 14.2 volt. After 30 min. or so of riding, the voltage would drop down to 13.5 volt. I knew I could live with 13.5 volt since it was still charged my battery.
I still was riding the bike as is. No big deal. It's still charging. BUT last week, the voltage meter began showing lower than 13.5. That concerned me.
Last time when I was stranded due to the failed alternator, I pulled out the old alternator and reconditioned it.
Got up with the sun. Overnight wasn't too humid. It was down to about 75 degrees.
We said goodbye to the campground, looked for a quick gas in Eutaw, AL - pronounced like Utah.
From there, we hit I-20 and moved quickly to Birmingham, AL. We were to stop at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.
It was an amazing place with lots of motorcycles and cars. Many of them were my dream machines.
As we were leaving the museum, we asked the receptionist where to have lunch. She suggested Rusty's BBQ in Leeds, AL, about 3 miles from the museum.
One of the best BBQ I've ever had. What you see there is Pork BBQ plate with spicy beans and potato salad. I also ordered a bit of ribs. With a drink it came to about $18.00. I thought that was pricy.
The forecast called for the rain all the way from there to our destination. We prepared our gear to cope with that. Stopped at Rainbow City for Gas and that was the only stop we really needed to make it to our friends house in Ellijay.
At the end of the day, we have ridden nearly 900 miles. So today, we rode about 300 miles.
Two of us met at the Seabrook Market on HWY 146 at 6 am. The sky was still dark and we were ready to rip some asphalt. Trying to eat as much miles as possible, we decided to take I-10 from HWY146 to Iowa, LA. Riding Interstate highway is my LEAST favorite way of riding motorcycle. Even though it was early in the morning, cars and trailers are moving dangerously. The purpose of Interstate is to get to the destination as fast as possible. And drivers will posh their limit to accomplish that.
From Iowa, we took HWY165 to Alexandria. Although this is a four lane highway, we were in much better environment. Most of the cars on the road was local traffic. Also, I love seeing the towns where people live. I love to observe how people are living locally.
From Alexandria, we took HWY28 - a nice two lane highway. The speed limit reduced down to 55MPH and our pace has decreased. At the end of HWY28, I saw a rider pulled to the side, with helmet on the ground talking on the phone. I always thought the helmet on the ground was a kind of distress signal among motorcyclists. I asked if he was OK and he gave me the thumb up.
As we approached Natchez, MS, I know we were about to cross the mighty Mississippi river.
I've crossed Mississippi many times, but it was first time for me to cross on this route. The size of the river amazes me every time I cross it.
This road is a nice lazy twisty road. Traffic is light and we can really relax and enjoy the ride. Along the way, there are many historical sites you can stop. One of the stop we made was the Emerald Mound - a religious site for the native American Indians.
When we came across I-20, we've decided to go as far as we can until dark. We, first, rode to Meridian, MS. We drove to KOA, but did not like the environment in which it was located. We pressed onto further east and found Jennings Ferry Camp Ground on Warrior Lake.
Jennings was a clean camp ground and there were a lot of sites available. The host recommended site #51, right next to the restroom/shower. John pitched his tent and I hang my hammock and went to sleep pretty quickly.
At the end, my GPS indicated that we rode 603 miles.