Next Trip up: Natchez Trace Parkway MS-AL-TN

The Natchez Trace Parkway is established to commemorate the historical significance of the Old Natchez Trace. Originally a primitive trail that stretched 500 miles through the wilderness from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee, throughout the years it has gained a rich history that continues to fascinate visitors who travel in the footsteps of those who've gone before.

History has witnessed several phases in the development of the Natchez Trace, each with a distinct origin and purpose. Residents of Fort Nashborough in Tennessee (a city now known as 'Nashville') named the first part of the trail Chickasaw Trace because it led to the lands of the Chickasaw Nation. The trails heading southwest were controlled by the Choctaw Nation and then led onward toward Natchez. Eighteenth-century British maps labeled the trail as the "Path to the Choctaw Nation." Discover the history of the Indian tribe that once resided there at several places along the trail, such as Buzzard Roost in Alabama, which tells the story of the Chickasaw chief Levi Colbert, or the Chickasaw Village in Mississippi, which shows of the life of the Chickasaw Indians. Visitors can go to what was once the center of activities for the now-extinct Natchez Indians, or visit Mississippi's Emerald Mound, one of the largest ceremonial mounds in the United States. Finally, no trip is complete without visiting sites on the Trail of Tears Historic Trail (which runs through several states, including Alabama and Tennessee), where in 1838 the United States government forced more than 16,000 Cherokee Indian people from their homelands and sent them to Indian Territory.

The South has many places with stories about the Civil War and the battlefields along the way. The Natchez Trace Parkway is no exception. Be sure to stop by Shiloh National Military Park near Savannah, Tennessee, which was the site of a two-day battle involving 65,000 Union and 44,000 Confederate troops. The Stones River National Battlefield near Nashville, Tennessee provided a decisive moral boost for Union troops. The Tupelo National Battlefield in Mississippi is a one-acre site that commemorates the last major Civil War battle in Mississippi. There the Union Army utilized their USCT's (United States Colored Troops) to engage in battle. Pay your respects to those who lost their lives in battle at the memorials at Brice's Cross Roads National Battlefield Site north of Tupelo, Mississippi, and Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Vicksburg contains museums, monuments, and many artifacts, so be sure to spend some time perusing the local historical attractions.

After Andrew Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, he marched his troops home along the path — an event that signaled not only the war's end, but also the decline of the importance of the road as a transportation corridor. In the years following 1820, this road was finally referred to as the "Natchez Trace."

We'll probably ride this trail in October 2010. Hopefully we will be able to hit the right time for the fall colors.

Blue Ridge Mountains ST Gathering 2009 Oct 8-11

This is the yearly BRP ST Gathering in the fall. 20-30 ST1300 riders get together to ride the mountains, have fun, visiting cool places, and shoot the breeze around the campfire. All this goes on with Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground in Cruso, NC as base. We plan on making the trip up there this year. It’s a very nice area with access to a lot of fun stuff,,,,,Sherohala Skyway, The Dragon, Gatlinburg, Bryson City, Hot Springs and others.

A lot of places and roads to choose from:

 

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Ride to Work Day June 15.th

The annual RTW Day moves to the ‘third Monday in June.’ The next Ride to Work Day is MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009. It is the 18th annual Ride to Work Day. Reasons for an earlier annual Ride to Work Day include:

  • The new day is not as hot in most northern hemisphere areas, and not as cold in most southern hemisphere areas. June weather is more favorable worldwide.
  • The new day provides an increased opportunity for more riders to Ride to Work. Many workplaces close for summer holiday in July – especially in Europe.
  • A Monday event encourages motorcycle and scooter commuting to continue during the entire week.
  • Positive media exposure will increase. Sundays are slower ‘news days’ so there will be more coverage like this: “Look for more motorcycles on your commute on June 15.th, as that Monday is the annual Ride to Work day…”
  • The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has endorsed this day, and is promoting the ‘Third Monday in June’ worldwide as the annual Ride to Work Day.

 

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_wmsaXJKp0

 

 

Well, I ride to work mostly every day year round anyway, but hats off to them.

 

Nova Scotia or Bust Aug. 1 -21 2009

Two months and counting. The road planning part of the trip is complete. Going Hwy 220 up through NC into Roanoke, VA. Then I81 up through VA, PA, I84 through NY, I95 through MA, RI, Hwy 1 through MA and New Brunsvick into Nova Scotia. About 1500 miles one way.

It will take about 3 1/2 days or so to get up there.

We think we’ve got everything we need for the trip. 99% of the time you take more with you than you need, so no worries.

The bikes are as ready as they can be. What do you expect? They are both Honda bikes. Top reliability all around.

Hopefully the weather will hold up for the entire trip, but knowing how itcan change very quickly close to the atlantic, specially fog, I suspect we will have some rain / fog, at least on the eastern coast of Nova Scotia.