Riders have a long day ahead of us, 90 miles. Things seem to be in our favor, cool temperatures, favorable winds, low humidity. Great day to be on a bike. Leaving the hotel in the cool 50′s, some in jackets, we aren’t expecting it to reach 80 Out we ride, back onto Franklin and the MRT, (Mississippi River Trail). We will be on and off the MRT all the way to Minneapolis. We are in for a treat as we reach Natchez Trace Parkway, cyclist notice the smooth roads, covering 444 miles. Today we ride about 50 beautiful miles on the Trace.
The first refueling station is at 23 miles. Our next stop, Sunken Trace, also known as the”old Natchez Trace”. (A traveling route used in late 18th and early 19th centuries.) It runs from Natchez, MS to Nashville TN. Out of the park and off to Vicksburg, home of the Vicksburg National Military Park, preserving the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg. Tony, Dave & Steve venture over to to see it completing their first century of the trip. Don’t worry, everyone gets a chance tomorrow.
Following Rap we were treated to a reading by Author & hotel manager, Clarence Jones, “Surely They’ll Be Passing By”. Thanks for sharing with us Mr. Jones.