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.