Trip Log – Day 296 – Arab AL to Fayetteville TN

to Fayetteville TNAugust 27, 2016 – Partly cloudy, 85 degrees

Miles Today: 63

Miles to Date: 15,238

States to Date: 42

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A day of easy riding down the broad slope of US 231 to the Tennessee River, winding along the bicycle path up Aldridge Creek, meandering through Huntsville’s lovely suburban streets into historic downtown, and rising up Meridian Street past Alabama A&M.


Then things got tricky. US 431 is one of the busiest, least bike friendly roads of my trip. A thunderstorm storm led me to lunch at a mediocre Mexican place. I stayed dry but was hardly satisfied. Once I entered Tennessee, and passed the lottery shops that line the border, the road improved. By the time I reached Fayetteville, the sun shone once again.

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Any day I reach my destination in one piece is a good day. Today felt particularly good since I managed to get in and out of Alabama without mishap, which was not the case the last time I cycled Dixie.

About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog,, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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