Category Travel

Ride For A Cause


The 3rd annual 3DD/Better Life Foundation “Ride for a Cause” took place November 17th in Tunica, MS and was a huge amount of fun. The ride (promoted by the Dixie Thunder Run) started Saturday morning at Southern Thunder Harley Davidson in South Haven, MS, and ended at the Roadhouse Casino in Tunica. This was followed by a lunch/social which included an awards ceremony. Great food and people equaled a great time.

The day was closed out at the Horseshoe Casino next door with a concert. The show was opened by Anna Morgan, was followed by Daughtry, and closed out with 3 Doors Down. Talk about a full evening. I’ll definitely attend again next year.

The mission of the Better Life Foundation is to make a positive change in the lives of children in need of food, shelter, and medical assistance, an...

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Dixie Thunder Run


The Dixie Thunder Run is just around the corner, and if you haven’t considered this event as a way to spend your Labor Day Weekend, it’s worth a look. I have previously been on this ride, and have made sure to sign up again this year, and am bringing along some friends.

With the motto of “Soldiers Helping Soldiers”, this rally started with very humble beginnings. The first ride was in 2006 and was to benefit deployed soldiers families of Mississippi. Since then it has grown in size and is now one of the largest rallies in the south, with starting points in Tupelo, Jackson, Biloxi, and Tuscaloosa. They also added a Memorial Day ride this year.

Last year I rode out to Jackson, Mississippi, and joined that group as they made their was back to Chunky River Harley-Davidson in Meridian, Mississi...

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The Natchez Trace


From the web site:

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history.  Used by American Indians, “Kaintucks”, settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.

I had the pleasure of taking my bike on the Natchez Trace, getting on at Cherokee, AL, and riding to Clinton, MS, then back again. It is a unique ride as it is one of the few this long that is entirely on federally managed land. The terrain ranges from the hills and curves of the Smokies to the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta...

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Monte Sano Hiking

Monte Sano is a State Park located just east of downtown Huntsville just off Hwy 431. The

Monte Sano Trail Entrance

January 14-15 weekend was perfect for hiking and a number of people were out enjoying the trails.

A friend and I drove to Monte Sano so we’d arrive by 9:00 am. The weather was chilly, 30 deg F, but the sky was clear and when the wind wasn’t blowing it was really comfortable. If you are going to go hiking the first rule would be to dress for the weather. Nothing more miserable than being outside and being too hot, too cold or too wet.

The trails are marked and maintained well.  we decided to take a 3.5 mile loop trail which

Monte Sano Shelter/rest area

Monte Sano Trail Shelter/Rest Area

takes you all along the outer edge of the mountain...

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Mesa Arizona

One of the things we are trying to do with Huntsville Explorer is to give readers a perspective on travelling around to anywhere from Huntsville. Many of the residents of Huntsville Alabama travel for work and will be looking for places to visit during their travels. Others will be travelling just for their own pleasure. Either way, we hope to post information about various places that our readers may find interesting.

Mesa Arizona is two flights and a rental car drive away from the Huntsville Airport. I usually fly through Dallas on my way to Mesa. The Huntsville airport (HSV) is undergoing some extensive remodelling to make a nice airport that much better...

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