We got a reasonably early start and headed through town to connect with the Natchez Trace Parkway.
I was anxious to see what this road is all about, as I have heard about it for many years, but never traveled on the NT Parkway. Many folks really like the NT and have all sorts of good things to say about, so I was happy that Judith and I were about to get a chance to see it as well.
Here are a few quick take aways…
- Runs from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN – 400 or so miles
- Wonderful road surface
- Well maintained
- Very scenic
- Extremely clean
- Pretty straight, with mild turns
- Very little elevation change
- Lots of historic stops
- Lots of Nature Trails
- Great rest stops, some with rocking chairs on the front porch
- Friendly voluntaries working in the Information Centers
- Frustratingly slow 50 MPH speed limit
So, what do all these add up to? Sorry to say, but after the first 75 miles it became very boring. Granted we only went as far north as Mathiston, MS – about 200 miles. I have heard that the farther north you go better it becomes. I don’t know…
It was not a bad day, just a bit slow and tedious. Oh yeah – did I mention the weather was still consistent? Hot and humid!
|A rest stop at the site of the Battle of Raymond|
|A rest stop at River Bend - the Pearl River|
|You cannot really tell from the picture, but the Lily Pads are gigantic at the Pearl River stop|
The remainder of the day was a short ride to Starkville, MS.