April 16, 2010
What pops into your mind when you hear or read "The Deep South?"
Having been raised on the West Coast, my only perspective came from movies and the media. Many of my friends had traveled the world and covered much of America, but all had avoided this area of our country.
Stereotypes breed best when folks have had no contact with the real place or people the stereotypes reference. Real life isn't as black and white as the media would like us to believe.
And just like with any other part of the world, our bicycle journey through the Deep South opened up a beautiful, complex and fascinating region.
Don't read about it ... pedal through it!
Next week:Worlds Apart.
Photo and audio by Willie Weir
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday. Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road, and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can read about their adventures at http://yellowtentadventures.com.