Map of Our Natchez Trace Bike Trip

Friday, September 24, 2010

Trippe's Bike Shop
View of Mississippi River bridge to Louisiana over acres of Kudzu
Barges on the Mississippi River north of Natchez, MS.
Geri on the front steps of Rosalie Home
Inside Rosalie Home
Stanton Hall
Banana blossom
Antebellum home for sale in Natchez, MS.

Day 22 - It was great to sleep in for the first morning in over a week.  We enjoyed the motel breakfast before heading out for the day.  Our first priority was to get to a bike shop.  We found Trippe's Bike Shop, which was located in a Western Auto store in Natchez.  I knew immediately that the bike mechanic there must be good, because of the steady parade of customers coming to see him.  We got the drive chain replaced in just 10 mins. and we purchased other biking essentials, including replenishing my low tire patch supply.  Unfortunately, the tire tube size I needed was sold out, so we will get them later on the trip, but the drive chain replacement eliminated the shifting problems I had been having.  We had the rest of the day to tour Natchez and we made good use of our time by stopping at the Natchez Visitors Center with excellent views of the Mississippi River and then touring several beautiful antebellum homes.  It was obvious that we have traveled a long way south when we observed banana trees with blossoms growing in front of a restaurant where we had lunch.  We returned to the motel by 5:00 PM and walked to an all-you-can eat buffet to fuel ourselves for traveling again.  Back in our motel room with stuffed stomachs, Geri washed our clothes while I got caught up on 2 days of blogging.  We covered nearly 11 miles touring Natchez on the bike today and we look forward to beginning our trip to Nashville, TN. tomorrow on the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway.

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