Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thursday, Day Two


Woke up this morning to the sound of rain…LOTS OF IT!!! We got packed up around 8:00am went down to the first floor for a continental breakfast…not bad for the price…FREE!!! Then we walked around the hotel parking lot looking at the other bikers, bikes that were also trapped like rats due to rain. We ended up back in the lobby shooting the bull with the other bikers about road trips until the rain cleared out around 10:00am.
Time to hit the road; we were only a few miles from the entrance of the trace so after a quick gas fill-up…we were there. A few photos later and we were on the long curvy road 444 mile long.


Let me start by saying…to me the first 30 miles out of Natchez, is very, very beautiful I can only imagine what it looks like in the fall or a little later in the spring when all the trees had bloomed. Here are a few photos.



The speed limit is 50 mph; would be kind of slow in a car I think, but to me it was a good speed on a bike, plenty of twists and turns.

Almost all of the bridges that cross the trace have that dome shape to the underside…nice touch.


There were monuments


Historical stops


And even restrooms all along the way.


We did not see much as far as wildlife (I think it was just too cold) I saw lots of black birds, four turtles crossing the road


(No not that kind of turtles)

And couple of flocks of turkeys (AND YEA FLOCK IS RIGHT I LOOKED IT UP)



We road right through Jackson, Mississippi


Then road into Ridgeland to get something to eat…we ended up finding what I call an outdoor strip mall (parts still under construction) ate at Sweet Peppers.



Then back on the road again time to stretch out and ride (ok I just wanted to post this photo of my foot, looks like modern art to me. Ha-ha.)


Pasted by some huge lakes right outside of Ridgeland


Then it was home for the night, at the Jamestown Inn in Tupelo, Mississippi

DAY THREE; SOON TO COME
BIG AL

3 comments:

Gary France said...

I am enjoying reading about your ride. The photos you are posting are excellent, even the ones taken when you are moving. What sort of camera are you using to get such good results?

I think you have got the balance between photo and words just right. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

GYMONR said...

Hey Gary, I use a canon digital rebel xti, it been a great camera, LOTS MORE PHOTOS TO COME. Most of the shots are done while riding. thanks for reading.
Big Al

Lady Ridesalot said...

I think that's the same hotel we stayed in when we were on our Trace ride. Did you find my sock? LOL!

Did you notice how many of those historic areas were hikes? We did a couple of them, but not as many as we could have. It would have taken us 3 extra days if we hiked every trail they offered. Besides... we're more the ridin' type... not the hiking type!

I got charged by one of the turkey's on the Franklin, TN end. I'm glad to know you were able to escape unpecked!

Can't wait to see more of your pics. It's made me visit my old posts and re-live our own trip.

It was nice being able to have cool historic sites to see along the way, but I remember the feeling I got, just riding that beautiful road. Ahhhhhh.

BTW... Happy Easter to you and your family. I hope you have a wonderful day!

States I’ve traveled to over the years

big als music