Category Archives: Overnight Trips

R2R Birmingham Alabama

R2R 2016 took place in Birmingham, Alabama on May 19, 20 and 21st, for the purpose of supporting the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (bhamholocausteducation.org/).  The “Ride to Remember” on Friday morning took us through a number of beautiful neighborhoods in metro-Birmingham, culminating with lunch at the local JCC.  That afternoon, many of us visited the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center and enjoyed learning about the Center’s educational programs.

For Shelly and me, the highlight of the R2R adventure was the JMA ride that we selected for Saturday morning.  We had picked the ride to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, thinking it would provide great scenery…not then remembering the historical significance of these 2 cities; namely, the 1965 civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery…which led to passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year.  Our visit to Selma and the trip to Montgomery gave us a feeling of connection to the huge events that had occurred in that area 51 years before.

Our trip to Selma began with a visit to Temple Mishkan Israel, a congregation that has been present in the Selma community since 1870.  Unfortunately, the Jewish population of Selma has steadily dwindled, so the executives of Temple Mishkan Israel are hoping to convert the facility to a museum of Jewish culture in the near future. Below are photos showing a plaque outside the temple and the JMA group at the front steps.

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After leaving Temple Mishkan Israel, we drove to the Brown Chapel in Selma and observed a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was instrumental in organizing the civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery.

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Finally, as we left Selma to drive to Montgomery, we passed over the Edmund Pettis Bridge (1965 photo shown above and current photo below), the scene of so much violence during the civil rights marches.

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The JMA trip to Selma and onward to Montgomery was a wonderful experience that took us back to a very important time in our history.

Fred & Shelly B.

 

Ozark Mountain Chai

First Night in St. Louis Ready for Dinner
First Night in St. Louis Ready for Dinner

Our trip to the Ozarks began with a Saturday ride down Route 66 from Chicago to St. Louis.  There was a threat of rain off and on during the day, but nothing substantial ever materialized.  On our first night we celebrated Shelly Brostoff’s birthday.

After a somewhat late start because of a flat tire (and it being a Sunday with all the shops closed) we headed out with the disabled bike secured on a rental trailer.  Scarcely 30 minute later we were in the middle of a deluge and had to seek shelter at a weigh station.

Marty looking for something to drink at the vending machine.
Marty looking for something to drink at the vending machine.

An hour later the weather cleared and we made our way to Eureka Springs, AR where we spent three days touring the area with a local guide who knew all the roads, scenic stops, and places to eat.

Our return was via Branson, MO where we took in a show.

The next morning it was off to Hannibal, MO where we arrived in time to take in several of the Mark Twain historical sites and had dinner while cruising on a Mississippi River Boat.

The final day was split between a scenic ride along the Illinois River and a mad dash on the interstate back to Chicago.

All in all six nights and seven days riding some of the best roads in the midwest.

[Photos to follow.]