Record low temps. 52-70 degrees
The unseasonably cool temperatures made for perfect riding weather. Heading toward the Mississippi Line, the riders rolled on small gently rolling tree lined country roads. Past fields with grazing horses and steer. The wonderful scent of honeysuckle hung in the air. They rode on enjoying the ups and downs as well as the curves in the road…the riding was excellent straight to the Mississippi State Line. Though the spot is unmarked we were able to do something a little impromptu as everyone gathered. Good Bye Louisiana. Mississippi we are here!
Heading toward Natchez, we enter Rte 61 and meet a few challenges.
1. The road is four lane divided highway with a shoulder with rumble strips.
2. We meet our first construction site.
3. The wind picks up.
4. Mammy's closes at 2.
Rte. 61 is busy. The rumble strips get your attention. It requires focus. 61 is also known for its long repeating hills, of course we meet the construction near the top of one. Luckily it was less than a mile and we are directed away from traffic. Unfortunately, it’s windy. Especially when you hit the top of the climb, and 61 slows us down. For some reason Mammy’s has become a popular eating stop, word travels about their pies, but she closes about 2. The riders want to at least take a peek. They all made it.
Natchez, sits right along the Mississippi River and was once the pivotal center of trade, long the Mississippi. Natchez is also the southern terminus location of Natchez Trace, the route used by river boat pilots to haul goods from their boats home to the Ohio Valley.