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Smoky 500 Ride

I met up with some buddies in Georgia this past week and had perfect weather for riding the Smoky 500 track. The Nantahala River:



Brasstown Bald (highest point in Georgia):


And this is why they call them the "Smokys"


There's one easy water crossing but it's interesting because you set off riding down the creek without being able to see where the exit is to be found:

https://youtu.be/xqvK3hzjdVw
 

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That place was right near Lafayette! On US190 somewhere. Lafayette may be the boudin capital of the Earth and it is arguably the epicenter of Acadiana. Very nice people there and very good food. Boudin, and this is an oversimplification, is a sort of a rice dressing--with herbs, flavoring, magic--in a sausage casing. It is as much a finger food as anything. Comes in two versions...for a newcomer and for this experienced eater, you want the "white" boudin (pronounced Boo-Dan). Good stuff for sure.

Cracklins are deep fried myocardial infarctions, somewhat akin to "pork skins" achieving the dubious qualities of being both better than and worse than pork skins, depending on what you're measuring.
While down in Georgia riding the Smoky 500 ADV ride on my GS, I came across a farmer's market that had bags of cracklins in the refrigerator section. I scored a couple of bags and since I was making a big pot of chili yesterday, it was time to unleash them on my cornbread. Now, it would be an understatement to say that my Momma's recipe for cornbread is awesome without the cracklins added. It includes some equally unhealthy ingredients and mixing in a generous amount of these cracklins into the batter rendered the unbelievably delicious food for the soul shown in the video below:

https://youtu.be/P2FXNbyABy4

Enjoying food like this makes me feel sad for all the woefully deprived people that were not privileged to be born and raised in the deep south of the USA. And yes, enjoying this, as Dr. Strangelove mentions, will start the clock ticking on your very own myocardial infarction.
 
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