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Natchez Trace Parkway

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444 miles. No stop signs. No red lights. No gas. No food.

I am amazed by how LITTLE is known about this National Park. It runs from Nashville to Natchez Mississippi. It began as a Bison and Buffalo migration trail eons ago. Then an Indian trail. Then it was one of Americas first "Wilderness Roads".

I hated getting off for gas and having to re-enter society.

When it dumped me out in Natchez I was ready to turn around and do it again.

Wow. I heard that this was a tourist trap road by a buddy that has ridden all over the lower 48. Continuously going thru a lot of small towns, start/stop traffic. I may have to take another look at this road and skip the Blue Ridge Parkway this fall.

Jena & I traveled the North 1/2 last year in the 4-wheeler. Very nice. Exceptional sidecar road. 50 mph and ongoing slight sweeping curves. Very nice indeed. I'd sure enjoy it on the sidecar.

Lee Summer Grove, LA R1100GS/CSM Sidecar, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L

I've ridden the Trace twice from end to end. I really enjoyed it.

no gas and no food?? okay, let's see...444 miles at 35 or so mpg is more than 12 gallons. 2 1/2 gallon tank on the old Virago. okay; two five gallon cans of gas and some sody warters and sandwitches, can't forget the camera. sounds like a great adventure!

I'll be travelling to Alexandria, LA to pick up Carney's BMW/EML Rig. I might take the "Trace" on the way Home, with a side stop in "Yazoo City Mississippi!" to visit Jerry Clower's Birthplace! 🙂

Maybe I'll run into a sime "kin", or a "Leadbetter" or two! 😮

~ Russell

Rustle - 2/28/2013 3:26 AM
I'll be travelling to Alexandria, LA to pick up Carney's BMW/EML Rig. I might take the "Trace" on the way Home, with a side stop in "Yazoo City Mississippi!" to visit Jerry Clower's Birthplace! 🙂 ....

Great idea Rustle. Looks like you'll be only 75 miles from the South terminus of the Parkway. Good ride to adjust to a new rig.

Hey: Take some pics and notes and submit to Martin for The Sidecarist to tell us about your trip.

Lee Summer Grove, LA R1100GS/CSM Sidecar, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L

I'll pack the camera! Sounds like a "fun project" on the ride!

My wife and I just drove the trace this week from Nashville to Tupelo. We didn't ride because I have the fork apart on the bike plus the weather. This will be great on the bike later in the year. We drove it on a sunday and there was no traffic to speak of. We started about 11:00am and were on the trace till 6pm. We packed a lunch so once we got on the trace we never had to get off. Probably only saw 20 other cars the entire day. Car gets 31MPG, so no problem with fuel. Did try to get a B&B set up for an evening but it consisted of e-mailing them with my info and then waiting for them to e-mail back. If riding the entire length, might need to get rooms set up in advance.
Look up the trace on the net and they will send you a map of the entire length plus a list of possible gas and food stops. The only problem we had with the trace was that there is something to stop and see every few miles.

The wife and I hit the trace two weeks ago, we had rode as far as the tennesse river last summer on the Goldwing, we bought a wing with a friendship III on it and hit it on Saturday morning, made a few of the spots of interest stops, and we were in tupelo miss. around 4:45, there is a visitor center on the trace there at the tupelo exit, closes at 5, we made it just in time to get some info, they had a map of all the gas stations that were a mile or so off the trace, easy off and back on..about a mile off of the trace, there were several hotels and what ever you want to eat, $78 hotel room for Saturday evening without reservations, LaQuinta inn, we had passed a longhorn steak house on the way to the hotel, got checked in and went back for a nice diner. Hotel had a good breakfast, hit the rode back home about 10 am, hit some rain about the tennesse Alabama line, suited up and about 25 miles later drove out of it. We live in Bowling Green Ky, 607 miles round trip, very enjoyable ride, very little traffic, just a nice relaxing ride...

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