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Old 11-05-07, 04:07 PM   #1
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Biking the Natchez Trace

So I get a lot of recommendations when I log onto Amazon.com for bike touring books, one of which is

http://amazon.com/gp/product/0963779...pf_rd_i=507846

Bicycling the Natchez Trace, by Glen Wanner. I'm strangely curious about this ride. Has anyone here ever done it? Thoughts? Ruminations? Consternations?

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Bicycling the Natchez Trace, by Glen Wanner. I'm strangely curious about this ride. Has anyone here ever done it? Thoughts? Ruminations? Consternations?
Try this site for a number of reported tours:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/

Here are a few:

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I've done it. I actually used to live 5 miles from it & did a lot of riding on it. When I toured it I just picked up the official park service map & took off. The official map doesn't show services along the route so that was an issue for me. Adventure cycling has a route that uses it so I would suggest picking up a copy of their map. I believe the route is now complete through Jackson, when I toured it I did the detour on surface streets. I can give you directions to a great recumbent shop in the Jackson area that I did some riding with in March when I was there.
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I used about 30 miles of the Natchez Trace this year on my cross-country tour. I was impressed with the road surface, considerate traffic, and serene surroundings. Don't know if the entire route is as pleasant as the section that I experienced.
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Just finished half the Trace, from Nashville to Tupelo, last Thursday, Friday and Sat. Great ride, great road. Enjoyed it a lot. Tennessee by far was a more enjoyable experience. In Alabama and N. MS it appears to be just a road.

Weather was perfect.

Tips: Nice B&B in Fall Hollow TN. (Fall Hollow Campground and B and B) Right off the Trace. You could ride 8 miles uphill into Hollenwald if you want, but why?

Construction detour in Alabama. working on three bridges. You can get through, but you have to cross streams and such. We did, and we'll take the detour next time.

Not much for rooms in Colbert County AL. We took 14 into Florence AL for a hotel (14 miles). We took 2 back out to the trace. A couple of miles longer but fewer dogs. Pretty scenery.

I am working on a website with pictures. Good luck.
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TimothyF you rode right past my old place. I now live in town (Florence). There is quite a bit of traffic in Tupelo (too many exits, busy @ rush hour), and of course Jackson. The TN section is great, so is the section N of Jackson around the reservoir. For most of MS it is boring, but overall its great to take your kids on or for a first tour due to no commercial traffic. I would do it differently if I did it again, and I would like to take my daughter down it on the tandem.
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Small world! I was impressed with Florence. Nice downtown. I used to play golf at McFarland, back when it was open. Stayed cheap at the Economy Inn. (too tired to care) It was Homecoming weekend at UNA, so the street festivals were in full swing. Had breakfast at the Smokehouse -- great food. Mario took good care of us there.

Yeah, made good time because there was nothing to stop for in AL. I was trying to finish in time for the Bama LSU game anyway.
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