Riding the Natchez Trace 2007

May 26 - May 31, 2007.

Tamera and I rode with Whiskey (Gary Fishel, who led the ride), Mike Spivey, and Fred Ennis along the Natchez Trace. We left Spivey's home in Plainfield, IN under the threat of rain but stayed ahead of it for most of our trip. Our first night was spent in Brownsville, TN, just outside of Memphis, TN. From there we went into Arkansas down rural roads and into Mississippi where we took more rural roads along the Mississippi to Vicksburg, MS. The next morning we crossed into Louisiana for a quick photo op and then back into Vicksburg to tour the Civil War military memorial there. Then down to Natchez where we entered the trace and traveled to Jackson, MS for the night. We stopped at Indian Mounds and one of the stands (as they were called, they were cheap inns along the way that travelers used), and a section of the trace that by errosion had sucken several feet deep. Early the next morning, we left Jackson to see the petrified forest but it wasn't open when we arrived. We got back on the trace and rode to Tupelo, MS. Along the way, we stopped at a large reservoir, a cyprus swamp, and stopped for Whiskey when his bike turned over 100,000 miles. In Tupelo, we stopped to see Elvis Presley's birth place and home where Tamera got tired and dropped her bike. The next day, from Tupelo we crossed through Alabama into Tennessee and had a chance to ride our bikes on a segment of the actual old trace and spent the night in Murfreesboro, TN. Tamera and I headed for home the next day while the three guys went to Maggie Valley, NC and rode the Dragon Tail.

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