Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wednesday…Day one…

Wednesday…Day one…well we made it to Natchez, somewhere around 150 miles. We ended up getting a room at the Isle of Capri Casino
right on the Mississippi river.
I decided to keep a running account of the money I spend along the way…I’ll post it at the end of the trip blog.

Ok here is how the day started…you know how it is when you’re trying to get away from work, the work just keeps coming.

Well Dave and I finally got our office work caught up so we were off…

to the motorcycle part store that is…no not Natchez yet. Dave had decided to invest in some highway pegs

for his bike (wise move on a long ride). Anyway after the purchase we went by my house so I could pack while David bolted on the pegs. Then we were off to Natchez…we ended up stopping at a little country store to get gas and a drink.
While we were having our drink and updating our Facebook page on our iphones, we noticed this guy and a girl staring at us while they filled up their car.

This guy turned out to be quite the character…once his wife went in the store to pay, he yelled out what kind of bikes are we riding. Then he began to tell us of his motorcycle adventures…he told us he had a 600 cc Yamaha, due to his small frame…he weighed in a good hundred pounds soaking wet. He told us about how he use to speed all around the country side (while all the time jumping around in a very excited manner…demonstrating his motorcycle moves). He loved riding, until he had a bad wreck breaking his prosthesis…Ahhh, did I forget to mention he was missing his right hand. David, being David, asked how in the world did he gas the bike with no right hand…the guy then told us how the prosthesis fit
and worked and how he could hold the gas with it…well until he crashed and destroyed it and the bike. This just goes to show,where there is a will to ride there is always a way. His wife then came back out, he wished us well on our trip and we were gone.

Then and hour or so later we cruised into the city of Natchez…David had been there about a year before for a wedding, so he had and idea on how to get to the river…the mighty Mississippi. The sky’s been looking a little dark, so we made a quick stop at the river, snapped a few photos,
the headed out to get our room. We ended up staying at the Isle of Capri Casino; it is located right on the river next to Natchez under the hill.

The room was not bad at 68 dollars a night…Warning we saw a posting in our room that said the rate was like 165 dollars a night on weekends…too much money for what you get. Due to the dark sky’s, we headed out for quick ride around town and snapped a few photos...




then a stop at Shoney’s to grab a quick dinner. (Not bad but our least favorite meal of the trip)

Then it was back to the room to get some sleep, for the big day on the trace Thursday.
Day two coming soon…
Big Al

5 comments:

RazorsEdge2112 said...

Superb pics! Love 'em! Please keep them coming, be safe and watch out for the idiots out there.

Pinky said...

I love the Natchez Trace ride. Always enjoy the part from Jackson to Tupelo. If you get time, check out this article with great places to stop. http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-20216-Shreveport-Motorcycle-Travel-Examiner~y2009m12d14-Ride-the-Natchez-Trace

biker baby said...

It is true, where there is a will there is a way. I have a benign tumor the size of a small egg in my upper arm, if it broke, I would need a shoulder replacement. That is when my bike would be converted to a trike.....knock on wood.

Lady Ridesalot said...

I remember Natchez like we were there yesterday! What did you think of Natchez Under the Hill? I was hoping to have seen a little more of the old hideaways I read about. I guess time did it's toll on them. The river... ah the mighty Mississip!

I'm sorry it's taken me this long to get back and leave a comment for you. I've been by to read, just didn't have time to write you anything. Can't wait to read your upcoming posts!

Ride on!

chessie said...

Hey you...I'm so glad your doing this. I've been remiss in checking on your blogging work...beg forgiveness....I'm getting ready to check out part II...
Ride safe...

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