These are the voyages of the Wandering Stewarts. Their 6 week, 2000 mile mission is to explore the Natchez Trace from southern Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee, to seek out the last of the 8 Missouri State Parks they have yet to visit and to boldly go where no Higginsville resident has gone before (by bicycle).
Map of Our Natchez Trace Bike Trip
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Day 33 - The alarm woke us up at 7:00 AM, but we were not anxious to start traveling with temperatures in the 30's. We relaxed watching TV and finally got on the road at 10:00 AM. With the opportunity for so many roadside attractions behind us now, we had a high mileage day planned. We still had to deal with a north wind, but since we were heading west now, it was not head on and we made good time averaging 11.6 mi/hr today. The only things that slowed us down was Geri getting attacked by a roadside bear and a front flat tire. Geri said she caused the flat because she had just thought how great it was that we had not had a flat tire in quite a while. The sharp, metal beer can fragment that I found embedded in the tire, however, did not look like a superstition to me! Anyone who knows me very well knows that I am very competitive, so one of the highlights of the day for me was when we actually caught a moving train and started passing the cars one by one. This continued for some time, even as we crossed a bridge over the Tennessee River. The highway we had to travel on today had moderately heavy traffic all day. The shoulder would vary from a magnificent 15 foot wide runway to a 1 foot ribbon with half of it covered with 2 inch deep rumble strips. We never knew how long a good or bad section of the shoulder would last, but we sure enjoyed traveling on the wider one rather than having to focus every second of attention following a narrow 6 inch track. We arrived at a nice motel in Huntingdon, TN. just before 6:00 PM, of course, compared to the motel we stayed at last night anything else would have been nice! We covered 67.5 miles today and our bike passed its 19,000th lifetime mile.