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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-26-2013, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Natchez Trace Byway!

Tacked on another ~700 miles of riding over the last few days and got to ride up the Natchez Trace Byway from near Starkville, MS to Nashville, TN, and what a beautiful ride it was! There are tons of cool little pull-outs with historical/scenic sites. They don't allow commercial vehicles on the road, so it was free of big rigs and other big dangers. I was surprised at how little traffic there was. The 50 MPH speed limit was fine because I was in no hurry.

I also ended up getting the best MPG I have ever seen with my bike! Side cases loaded and a full backpack and I got 60 MPG on the way up (Friday), making a lot of stops. When I came back down today, I made far fewer stops and ended up doing 238 miles with 3.7 gallons... 64.3 MPG. I was really blown away! Glad to know this bike has a very strong range when driven carefully.

Without further ado, here are a few pics from my ride up:


In the background is a 2,000+ year old native burial/ceremonial mound. There are other sites like this and it was neat learning about them!


Lots of beautiful scenery.






One of the stops had a cave with a spring in it. Such a cool place!


Got to ride on the "Old Trace" for a few miles, part of the original byway. It's in rough shape but provided an escape off into the woods for some cool scenery. I'm thinking my V felt like it was a real adventure bike for a bit.


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Thanks for the pictures; they resurrect memories of similar journey of the Trace. Great road, wonderful history. Pretty straight until the northernmost 30 miles or so, then it becomes much more fun.

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Looks like a beautiful ride.

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Did you pick up a T-shirt at the trading post in Natchez, MS?



They have a T-shirt with a map of the half of the trace on the front and the other half on the back.

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I actually started this ride up near Starkville, so I never made it that far South. My next long day trip I'm planning will be to start again where I did last time, but take the road down to Natchez. I'll have to get a shirt when I do go.

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Did you stop in at the Lovelace cafe just off the north end of the parkway?

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Did you stop in at the Lovelace cafe just off the north end of the parkway?
Lovelace biscuits should be a controlled substance. Worth the stop.

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