we are touring Connecticut to Washington (State) via Texas in 100 days. We are planning to take US 80 from Montgomery, AL to Jackson, MS and have heard both good and bad about this route. Does anyone here have experience with this area? Would you recommend it? We are riding a custom rans screamer (tandem, recumbent) and prefer wider shoulders, but don't mind traffic so much as it's friendly. any information would be greatly appreciated. we'll send you postcards!
Melissa & Ross
the pedal powered empowerment tour
I hope you have a great experience in Alabama. I've driven hwy 80 some, but not ridden it and it is 4 lane at least until you get to Selma. Take business 80 into Selma and you cross the infamous Edmund Pettus bridge, which is mostly unchanged since the 60s. Of course, hwy 80 from Selma to Montgomery follows the 1965 march for voting rights. It would be a fascinating route to ride by bike. There's markers along the roadside showing where the marchers slept along the way. It took the marchers three weeks to do the entire route.
If you are camping there are several nice Corp of Engineers campgrounds just off 80 between Selma and Montgomery. Prarie Creek campground and Gunter Hill campground are both very nice and are located on hwy 14.
Hwy 80 from Selma to Mississippi is very rural and the terrain is rolling. There are very few convenience stores although I recall quite a few cars and trucks. I honestly don't recall what the shoulders are like.
I wish I could tell you more. Mike Munk would be an authority, but I'm not sure how available he is for questions. Here's his website. Also, you can check with the Montgomery Bicycle Club.