Population: 4,779,736 people
Area: 135,765 sq/ kilometres

Audemus jura nostra defendere Alabama is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States of America. It is bordered by Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, and Mississippi to the west. Alabama ranks 30th in total land area and ranks second in the size of its inland waterways. The state ranks 23rd in population with 4.7 million residents in 2009. From the American Civil War until World War II, Alabama, like many Southern states, suffered economic hardship, in part because of continued dependence on agriculture. Despite the growth of major industries and urban centers, white rural interests dominated the state legislature until the 1960s, while urban interests and African Americans were under-represented. Following World War II, Alabama experienced growth as the economy of the state transitioned from agriculture to diversified interests in heavy manufacturing, mineral extraction, education, and technology. In addition, the establishment or expansion of multiple military installations, primarily those of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, added to state jobs. Alabama is unofficially nicknamed the Yellowhammer State, after the state bird. Alabama is also known as the "Heart of Dixie". The state tree is the Longleaf Pine, the state flower is the Camellia. The capital of Alabama is Montgomery. The largest city by population is Birmingham. The largest city by total land area is Huntsville. The oldest city is Mobile, founded by French colonists.

My Experience

Although I only spent a short time in Alabama, the warmth (of the temperature AND the people) will hold a special spot in my memory. Drivers were very courteous, and the hills were minimal making riding through this state quite stress free. The Davidson Space Center was one of the highlights for me, not to mention all the tornado ravaged towns that I passed through.


Journal Entries

The following is a list of journal entries I wrote while travelling through Alabama. Click one to read!



Distance Traveled: 456.62 km
Distance Ascended: 2,593 m
Distance Descended: 2,940 m
Energy Consumed: 20,303 calories
Overall Cost: $52.53
    Food: $37.53
    Drink: $0.00
    Transport: $0.00
    Entertainment: $0.00
    Equipment: $15.00
    Misc: $0.00
Longest Day: 2011-06-13 - 141.86 km
Most Climbed: 2011-06-17 - 758.00 m
Most Energy Burned: 2011-06-13 - 6672.00 calories
Most Expensive Day: 2011-06-15 - $ 18.65

Daily Statistics

Date Location Distance (km) Cost ($CAD) Map
2011-06-17 Cochrane, AL, US 123.96 $12.95 Map
2011-06-16 Winfield, AL, US 90.80 $8.68 Map
2011-06-15 Mount Hope, AL, US 100.00 $18.65 Map
2011-06-14 Athens, AL, US 0.00 $0.00 Map
2011-06-13 Athens, AL, US 141.86 $12.25 Map


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