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    MTF IBA Regional Rides PLAY BALL 1500, MTF EGGSANITY GOLD, and MTF SS1000 BONUS ROUTE

    http://www.mctourer.com/rides/2019/LD_Southeast/

    Registration closes 5/12/2019

    Visit 4 Stadiums riding the Play Ball 1500 BBG;
    Earn an EggSanity GOLD certificate, and eat at the same time;
    And Visit Joe’s Truck stop and Coffee Pot Inn!


    Joe's Truck "Stop"
    In 1935 Joe Faulkner built a house on Fifth Street, directly in front of a mountain road. Things were fine until around 1950 when Alabama designated the road State Highway 35, and truckers started using it. The truckers would burn out their brakes on the steep, two-mile mountain pass, and the first year thirteen trucks went through Joe's yard. He had a row of trees which they took out, one by one. Trucks, several of whose drivers died, spilled such diverse loads as chickens, watermelons, cows, logs, lumber, and steel onto Joe's yard, porch, and roof. He once had three circus trucks in his yard. In 1959, after various officials failed to make good their promises to remedy the situation, Joe built a four-foot-thick concrete wall reinforced with wire, grader blades, steel pipe, and the chassis from two Dodge trucks. The wall is only about two feet high, so loads still spill into his yard, but trucks have never been able to do anything worse to the wall than knock chunks out of it. In 1989 I went to Fort Payne to see the wall, which local kids have named Joe's Truck Stop.

    Coffee Pot Topped Building
    A historical marker was added to this site in 2016. It informs us that Eddie Hinnant played a piano on the roof when he tried to break his piano-playing record of 110 continuous hours -- but the sign doesn't say if he succeeded! The marker also clarifies, once and for all, that, yes, this building is a local landmark because there is a coffee pot on top. Who knew?
    Ride Safe,
    Robert Rehkopf

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    Karen and I are "eggcited"! Looking forward to the EggSanity Gold!

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    Mark,
    Rode it yesterday, No gas stations between Laurel and Brookhaven, Plan accordingly! Detour route in Birmingham follow the signs, my GPS prompts were incorrect. Gathered two Team Strange Bonuses, stopped at the two MTF SS1000 Bonus Ride bonuses sites, and scouted another for next year's 'Mixed Bag' SS1000. My ride stats with 'other' bonuses 1058 miles, 0449 start receipt, 2231 arrive at Waffle House, and 2250 finish receipt.
    See y'all Friday at Gus's.
    Ride Safe,
    Robert
    Ride Safe,
    Robert Rehkopf

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