Warrior Dash


The Warrior Dash 2012 was held in Warrior Alabama this last Saturday. It is an event put on to raise money for St. Jude’s, and is simply a grand event. The event is held in many cities throughout the Country and Australia on various throughout the year. Some friends of mine invited me out to witness the spectacle and, of course, take pictures.

After seeing what a good time was had by all, I feel compelled to participate next year myself. Especially after seeing that they have raised almost $4,000,000 to date.

Pics after the break.


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Applebee’s, Madison

Upon pulling into Applebee’s in Madison, we were greeted by a pleasant surprise. Right up front near the door are two parking spaces reserved for Veterans. This little touch started our evening out right, and it only got better as it went along. We showed up on their NFL Kickoff night, and the party was in high tempo. We took a seat, and our waitress, Katherine, greeted us, and took our orders. All orders were served promptly with a smile, and the food was excellent.

Although this was a short visit, we will definitely be back.

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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 NPS.gov 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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We decided to spend the evening at PiNZ instead of our normal spot for the Fourth of July Fireworks. Ideally located in Bridge Street for the affair, overall we had a really good time. Unfortunately that meant going to the bartenders regularly for our drinks and food as the wait staff seemed unable to actually show up for our group. To be honest, there were only a dozen of us or so, on the patio, so we might have been easy to miss. The saving grace was Theresa who handled us with cool and calm and made sure we were sated, even if she was taking care of us from the bar because the wait staff just didn’t want to be there.. The bad news is the service on the patio was absolutely terrible...

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Kabam! Moe’s BBQ is Awesome!

Moe's BBQ Providence Village Huntsville, AL

Moe's BBQ Providence Village Huntsville, ALMoe’s BBQ is located in the constantly growing area of Providence Village in North East Huntsville, AL. Providence Village is offering more to do and getting more exciting with a wider variety of restaurants, some offering more live entertainment events. I have to say, this is with the caveat that I smoke meat quite often, that this is the best BBQ I have had. The Turkey had better that an inch of smoke ring, and was tender and juicy. The ribs have at least a quarter inch ring and are the best I can say I have ever had, and I have had a lot of BBQ. Seeing is believing and here is a small sample of the meats they offer. Moe's food sample from menu While seeing it won’t be the same as trying it, I can assure you their pulled pork is unrivaled in this town...

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WiFi in Huntsville Area (updated)

  • WiFi has become a staple of life for most of us in the Rocket City, and an absolute necessity for many of us. For example, we could not do what we do here at HSVexplorer without generous use of free WiFi available at many locations, or our portable hotspots. We have found that some places are much better at this than others. In fact, many although offering free WiFi are so frustrating or slow as to not be worth trying.

This article will be an ongoing work where we list ease of use, ping times, download and upload speeds, and general comments for the places we visit and use WiFi. We are using Speedtest.net for all ratings, and working with the Arab server for all tests.

Hooters of Huntsville, 4730 University Drive NW, Huntsville, AL 35816

  • Ping: 81ms
  • Download: 2.85Mb/s
  • Upload: 310Kb/s
  • Imp...
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WhistleStop Weekend


The WhistleStop weekend 4-5 May 2012 is started and raising money for a very worthwhile cause, the EarlyWorks Museum. The EarlyWorks Museum is near and dear to both the local Huntsville community and those residing in the local Tennessee Valley. They provide a childrens museum, banquet areas, a passenger train depot, and organize many events.

HSVexplorer is setup at the WhistleStop Weekend, and ready to get their BBQ on. This is the 12th year for WhistleStop and this year is bigger and better than ever! Some of the best BBQ competitive teams in the country will be there in a friendly show of, “who really makes the best BBQ”...

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Rocket Harley Bike Night 12 April 2012

Thursday night at Knuckleheads in Madison, Alabama saw another great bike night sponsored by Rocket Harley of Madison. The band, Seducing Alice, was rocking those attending.

The bike nights at Knuckleheads are always a good time. It is difficult to write anything that hasn’t already been said. The bands are great, the food is great, and Rocket Harley makes sure there is fun. The servers at Knuckleheads are fantastic.

The one area we haven’t reported enough on has been the unsung heroes of Knuckleheads, the cooks and prep folks working in the kitchen. They bust their humps and take pride in ensuring your food is to your liking. Thanks to them, I am not going to waste away anytime soon.

Sam from Rocket Harley came out and introduced the band, made announcements and then visited tables and...

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Huntsville Rockets vs Chattanooga Outlaws 7 April 2012


Once again the Huntsville Rockets were triumphant beating the Chattanooga Outlaws 37-0. The Chattanooga Outlaws put up a good fight but were just no match for the Rockets. The weather for the game could not have been better. Clear skies and with a temperature in the low 70’s made it easy for the players to give everything they had and put on a great show for the audience.

The marching band gets better every game I attend, they belted out great music during the game and of course the Rocket’s Cheerleaders were cheering on the Rockets to victory. The girl’s routines are improving and they have obviously been working hard between games perfecting their moves...

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