Second Saturday RTE

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Second Saturday Rides are designed to get members out and involved in their local areas. RTE simply means Ride To Eat, so get out there and RTE anywhere you want to go. Your Travel Director will post different routes around the state to some of the best places to eat in Alabama. If you have any suggestions or routes, please send them to [javascript protected email address].

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June - On June 9, 2018, Martin Benson will lead our 2nd Saturday RTE from the Attalla, Alabama Hardees Restaurant @ I-65 exit 181 to the WildflowerCafe in Mentone, Alabama by way of the Little River Canyon National Preserve. After lunch we will continue to Mountain Cove Farms in Georgia before returning to the Collinsville BP (I 59 Exit 205) on more great mountain back roads to end our RTE. On this ride, we will enjoy seeing some of the most beautiful scenery and riding some of the best motorcycling roads to be found in the southeastern US.

Ride Details:

  • Depart from the Attalla Hardees Restaurant @ I-65 exit 181.
  • Stands up @ 9 AM with a full tank and an empty bladder.
  • Arrive at the Wildflower Cafe in Mentone, Alabama @ 11:15 AM
  • Arrive at the Mountain Cove Farms Store in Georgia @ 12:50 PM
  • End ride at the Collinsville BP, I-59 Exit 205 @ 2 PM
  • Total distance - 147 miles
May 31 2018

May - On May 12, 2018, Martin Benson will lead our 2nd Saturday RTE from Hardees Restaurant @ I-65 (exit 247) & Valleydale Road to the Rattlesnake Saloon near Tuscumbia, AL. The Rattlesnake Saloon is a relaxed, funky watering hole under a giant rock with a menu of appetizers, burgers & sandwiches. Upon arrival, we will leave our bikes in the parking area and ride down the hill to the saloon in the back of a pickup truck taxi. After lunch, we will visit the Coon Dog Cemetery, and while there, be sure to check out some of the heartfelt and humorous epitaphs on the grave markers.

  • Start the ride at Hardee’s ( I-65 Ex 247 @ Valleydale Rd). Stands up at 8:00 am with a full tank and empty bladder
  • Take a break at the Old Houston Jail 10:00 am
  • 1st fuel stop in Russellville @ the Chevron, 11:40 am - 137 miles
  • Arrive at Rattlesnake Saloon 12:30 pm
  • Second fuel stop Haleyville @ the Chevron - 110 miles
  • End of ride @ Flying J in North Birmingham (41st & I 65) 5:30 pm
  • Total distance - 317 miles
Mar 26 2018

April - The April ride was cancelled due to weather conditions.


March - For the Central AlaBeemers, Bruce Wheatley will lead us from Edgar's Bakery at the Colonnade in Birmingham to The Shack BBQ Restaurant in Talladega. He will take us there by way of wonderful back roads and the “Pig Trail” to Mt. . Sidestands up at 8 am with a full tank and an empty bladder.

Our first stop for a break is at the Mt. Cheaha Store (95 miles) and we will stop again for fuel at the Chevron in Talladega (136 miles) before arriving at The Shack BBQ Restaurant for lunch at 12:50 pm + -. The round trip distance is 189 miles and we should complete our ride at the Raceway Station on US 280 @ Hwy 119 before 3:30 pm. The AccuWeather forecast calls for cloudy skies and a high of 62*.

This is going to be a great ride over Alabama's highest mountains.

Here are the important facts about the ride to The Shack BBQ:

  • 2nd Saturday RTE 03/10/18
  • Our destination will be The Shack BBQ (7744 Stemley Bridge Rd, Talladega, AL 35160)
  • We will depart from Edgar' Bakery (3407 Colonnade Parkway Birmingham, AL 35243), stands up at 8:00am.
Mar 05 2018

March - For the South Central AlaBeemers, Brian Hinton will lead us from Starbucks at Eastchase Parkway (Shoppes at Eastchase Montgomery) to The Rabbit Hole in Elba, AL (90 miles).

After lunch, we will stop again for sweet treats at Dolce Pastry Shop (78 W Ct Square, Troy, AL 36081). The round trip distance is 170 miles and we should complete our ride back at Starbucks before 3:30 pm.

Here are the important facts about the ride to The Shack BBQ:

  • 2nd Saturday RTE 03/10/18
  • Our destination will be The Rabbit Hole @ 12pm'ish (214 Factory St, Elba, AL 36323)
  • We will depart from Starbucks (6911 Eastchase Pkwy, Montgomery, AL 36117), stands up at 10:00am.
Mar 05 2018

February - In keeping with the tradition of our BMWMOAL unusual scheduling, we will take our February 2nd Saturday RTE on the third Saturday of February. Please join us on Feb.17, 2018 for our ride from Donut Joe’s in Pelham to Ezell’s Catfish Cabin on the banks of the Tomigbee Waterway in Lavaca, Alabama, and then ride to the Pie Lab in Greensboro for dessert. Side stands up at 8 am with a full tank and an empty bladder. The first fuel stop will be in Linden, AL (112 miles), and another one in Greensboro. The round trip is 267 miles and we should complete the ride in Alabaster at the Shell station @ I 65 & US 31 before 4:30 pm. The weather forecast calls for sunny skies and high 50s temps. Google Donut Joe’s, Ezell’s Catfish Cabin & Pie Lab for more details.

Feb 08 2018

On May 13, 2017 we will be riding from the Huddle House in Chelsea to Catherine's Market in Alexander City, AL. Reminiscent of the original Catherine's Grocery, Catherine's Market brings not only the basic, but the extraordinary, to Russell Crossroads.

This ride will be super relaxed and should have us arriving to lunch a little after 12 noon. Russell crossroads is located at beautiful Lake Martin.

Just as Catherine did, we have a "little bit of a lot" of different items. And while we won't "sell more out of the back door than the front," we promise to greet you with that same happy smile and personal service.

Here are the important facts about the ride:

  • 2nd Saturday RTE 5/13/17
  • Our destination will be Catherine's Market in Alexander City, AL
  • We will leave from Huddle House in Chelsea (16937 Hwy 280), Stands up at 9:30am

I look forward to seeing you there!

May 03 2017
  GPX On April 7-8th, Big #1 Motorsports will be hosting the BMW Motorrad Demo Truck. Instead of doing a designated RTE, I thought we could use this as an opportunity to meet at the dealership and support them as well as look at new bikes and fellowship. There will be a food truck on site if you want to grab a bite there. On the flip side of that, there is a a wonderful place not far from the dealer called The Tip Top Grill. I will be headed there for lunch before making it to Big #1. The plan is to be at The Tip Top Grill at 11:15am. I will include a route leaving from Dunkin' Donuts in Wetumpka at 8:30am going to Eclipse Coffee in Montevallo and then on to The Tip Top. I highly recommend Eclipse Coffee for a great espresso, latte, or cappuccino before the nice ride up Shades Crest Road for lunch. Apr 03 2017
  GPX On March 11, 2017 we will be riding from the Exxon in Montevallo to The Pie Lab in Greensboro, AL. This unique place is known for a community atmosphere and of course…their pies!! They also serve a daily lunch special and the wraps are great. Here is a link to their menu as well as a link to their Facebook page. Our ride will go a little south and through the Talladega National Forest to the southern edge and then west into Greensboro. Stands up in Montevallo at 10:30am. Also, for any early birds, I highly recommend Eclipse Coffee and Books in Montevallo for a great espresso, latte, or cappuccino before the ride. Mar 05 2017
  GPX Second Saturday ride for February 2017 Feb 09 2017

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