Friday, 18 April 2014
From the Mississippi River to the Natchez Trace Parkway
We set out this morning from Natchez after staying overnight by the banks of the grand Mississippi River - it's enormous and makes the River Thames in London look like a stream. We stayed here to ride the Natchez Trace Parkway http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm up towards Jackson on route to Clarksdale.
View from the top of the hill where our hotel was. Wonderful Bridge over the Mississippi.
Not 'Old Man River' but an old man beside a river!
Look you can even see the beard from 10 metres away now!
Here is the entrance to the 'Trace.' The great thing is the Natchez Trace Parkway is what is called a recreational road and no commercial vehicles are allowed to use it - great joy!
We rode the Trace for about 70 miles before having to turn off the road for fuel. My low fuel light had been on for 15 miles and I wasn't sure if there were going to be any petrol stations along the Trace. As you can see from the photo above it is a beautiful road and you literally don't see another vehicle for miles and miles…..or a gas station! We eventually found a station but just before we turn into it on the last right hand turn I made, which was on a hill my bike cut-out! It was down to it's last 'fumes' to get me into the Shell garage. Lesson to self - fill up before entering National Parks.