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post #1 of 11 Old Jan 26th, 2006, 9:26 am Thread Starter
 
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Anyone done it yet? I'm thinking of going down next weekend.

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Anyone done it yet? I'm thinking of going down next weekend.

http://www.scenictrace.com/

I enjoyed it

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I did it last year. I'm glad I did - I've always wanted to ride it - but now that it's done, I have no burning need to go back. A ride of 444 miles on a gently curving road thru the woods gets b-o-r-i-n-g after about 100 miles. The Blue Ridge Pkwy is a gently curving road, too, but it has great scenery and I go back to it again and again. The scenery on the Natchez Trace consists of trees ... and more trees. It could be a more interesting ride at extra-legal speeds, but it's patrolled by Federal fuzz and they'll ticket you even if you're a cop.

Never done it before? Go. Just don't expect too much.

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The northern half is by far the best portion. After Tupelo it does get a bit boring. The really nice thing about the Natchez Trace is there are no trucks and no stop lights, just a nice easy ride. Autumn is the best time as at least the trees are in their splendid fall colors. The Double Arch Bridge, just south of Nashville, is worth seeing. Itís the first bridge of itís kind (no spandrel columns), and is in a very pretty valley.

Check out http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm
And http://www.scenictrace.com/

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Hmm

So, it's no better than the Blue Ridge Parkway? Think I'll pass then.
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From Nashville down to TN 64 was really nice in the fall. I had planned to go all the way to Florence ,AL but got bored and cut over on TN 64 back to Fayetteville. There is really good Chinese eatery in the shopping center on TN 100 just before you get to the start of the parkway. Cheap with large portions.

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We did Tupelo to Natchez and I must say that after doing it once it is checked on the list but not burning to do it again! I am sure in the fall it would be a lot more interesting, we did it in June and boring is a nice way to describe it. After dark you MUST watch out for "THE HORNED RATS" even in Jackson city limits.

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I did it last year. I'm glad I did - I've always wanted to ride it - but now that it's done, I have no burning need to go back. A ride of 444 miles on a gently curving road thru the woods gets b-o-r-i-n-g after about 100 miles. The Blue Ridge Pkwy is a gently curving road, too, but it has great scenery and I go back to it again and again. The scenery on the Natchez Trace consists of trees ... and more trees. It could be a more interesting ride at extra-legal speeds, but it's patrolled by Federal fuzz and they'll ticket you even if you're a cop.

Never done it before? Go. Just don't expect too much.

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I did the section from Natchez north to Jackson - about 100 miles. Probably the most boring ride I have ever taken. There were two bends in that entire distance, getting on just outside Natchez and getting off onto the 20. Man, I have never been as happy to see an interstate as the 20 that afternoon.

And as for the BRP, how can this be compared in the same breath? Sure, the middle 1/3rd is a bit "Natchez Trace-ish" but the top and bottom sections are wonderful, especially with a bit of speed on. Get your average speed up on the BRP and you'll soon find how well the LT handles. I think you'd have to average 100mph on the Trace to begin to wake up.

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Anyone done it yet? I'm thinking of going down next weekend.

http://www.scenictrace.com/
Boring they say, well having ridden across Kansas a few times now...oh well no crosswind on the TRACE..

You need to exit the Trace to enjoy the local culture and food.

Here are a couple of links for examples..
The north end, best breakfast in the land...
http://www.lovelesscafe.com/index.html

North Alabama, Music Hall of Fame, Home of Helen Keller, W C Handy

http://www.flo-tour.org/

Ladies and Gentlemen...Elvis had left the building

http://www.tupelo.net/


Did I say food

http://www.dixiedining.com/

The Blues, BTW, kids can't write the blues, because they think they will never die...
http://www.groundzerobluesclub.com/home.html

Another Mississippi secret

http://www.portgibsononthemississippi.com/welcome.html



The end of the Trace
http://www.natchez.ms.us/


All just a short distance off the Trace, the trace is the connecting point..

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