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Alabama Drive

January 23, 2021

Fruithurst to Cheaha to Horseshoe Bend
The Alabama drive.

On January 23 we plan to step outside the boundaries of Georgia and explore some scenery and history in neighboring Alabama. John Patterson planned the route. Here is his description:

We will begin our drive in Fruithurst, the famous speed trap town of the 70s. Prior to the opening Of interstate 20 all Birmingham to Atlanta traffic passed through Fruithurst on old US Highway 78. That was quite a source of revenue for this little Mayberry like town. ( I might have made a contribution myself. Several college friends did for sure!)

We will enjoy a stretch of old 78 to Cleburne where we will join AL 281 the Skyway Motorway to Cheaha State Park. Beautiful vistas on this route as we drive to Alabama's highest point where we have pavilions reserved for our self provided picnic lunches. ( grills are available but would need to bring your own charcoal.) Those who wish to stretch their legs can do a bit of hiking here. The park is Alabama's oldest with structures built by the CCC during the 1930s. The Pinhoti trail passes thru this park on its way to join the Benton MacKaye trail in North Georgia on its way to join the Appalachian Trail.

Departing Cheaha we will drive South on AL49. AL49 was written up years ago in Sports Car Graphic Magazine in their monthly section titled Sports Car Country. I first explored it in a 1970 Opel GT. That was a while back :-). We will visit the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. For those interested in history, it is a significant place in Alabama history. The place where Creek Indians were defeated by Andrew Jackson and his troops. To me it is a sad place.

Leaving Horseshoe Bend we will have the option of heading back towards Atlanta via US 280 or time permitting continuing on AL49 to Tallassee, AL. It is an entertaining road. Those who continue to Tallassee can access I-85 just south of there at Tuskegee, home of the Tuskegee Airmen of WW2.

Unfortunately the museum there is closed presently due to COVID 19.

I look forward to seeing you and driving with you through Alabama the Beautiful!

The cost is $10 per person, and attendance is limited to 40 people.

We will be taking precautions due to Covid-19, including practicing social distancing and encouraging that all attendees wear masks. As noted above, this is a bring-your-own-lunch event.

Registration is now closed!