Rode a little of the 444 mile Natchez Trace – just as beautiful as Dan and I remembered ! Kids not as impressed because we talked about it so much; thought there would be more to it !
Originally an Indian trail for hunting and seasonal migration , it was also used by Ohio farmers after they’d brought their goods down the Mississippi to sell in New Orleans. After they sold their log rafts, they would walk back up the trace to get home . We also learned that the most wealthy slave traders from Natchez marched their slaves down it from the NE . Hard to see that part of it’s history .
Today it’s just a quiet 2 lane road , no commercial traffic allowed . When Dan and I rode it in the fall of 1998, we said we’d come back to ride it again . Now we’d like to fly back someday and ride the entire trace !
Saturday’s ride was perfect – low 70’s , a little overcast , and little traffic !!!