On Monday, March 4th, the Friends of Houston Cole Library invited photographer/author David Haynes to speak on his recent publication, Motorcycling Alabama: 50 Loops Through the Heart of Dixie.
By cycle and canoe, Haynes and his two golden retriever companions, Roscoe and Bailey, covered the great state of Alabama, documenting
its people and natural places.
A commercial photographer and journalist, Haynes took beautiful pictures of his trek from north Alabama all the way to Fort Morgan. His book contains detailed maps, plotting his recommended stops along the way to south Alabama.
The 50 loops in the book cover 4,860 miles and carry the reader through some of the state’s most beautiful scenery.
When asked what his main goal with the book was, he replied, “I wanted to get motorcyclists, or anyone for that matter, out of their same 20-mile radius routine. There are so many things to see that even local Alabamians don’t know about.”
The novel splits the state up into five regions, with useful binding for copying, and accurate distances designed to navigate travelers to their destination in their specific region.
Along with his description of his recent publication, Haynes touched on his newest work, not yet titled, a book dedicated mainly to the rivers of Alabama.
In 2012, Haynes took a 45-day canoe trip with his dogs, Bailey and Roscoe. Starting near the Georgia line, he canoed all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. He spoke of the trials and good times he encountered off the rivers of Alabama, meeting all types of people, and seeing
some of the most beautiful sights the state has to offer.
“The generosity of pure strangers is endless on the road,” said Haynes, while reminiscing on the food and beer given to him by his newly found friends.
His next book will be charting the Alabama Scenic River Trail, perfect for travelers looking for a new and bold way to journey over the state. As of Monday night, Haynes did not know the date of the release of that book, but it is definitely something the adventurer in everyone should look forward to.