July 7, 2012
Lebanon, TN to Jackson, MS
I got up at 5:00 this morning so that I could be ready to meet up with the rest of the group at 6:00 at a nearby Shell service station. One of the group members, a retired college professor from New Jersey, was anxious to make an initial good impression, so he got up at 4:00, left his hotel at 5:00 and arrived at the meeting place shortly thereafter. Unfortunately … he chose a wrong Shell service station! All that effort to make an initial good impression down the drain!! So we left a few minutes later than planned!
Today we rode a considerable distance on the Natchez Trace (http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm
). This is a two lane limited access road that connects Natchez, MS with Nashville, TN. The speed limit is 50 mph. There are few elevation changes and only occasional, very moderate curves. It is billed as a scenic drive. In reality, it is a two lane road driven through mostly forest. All in all, I found it rather boring!
We did stop at the Shiloh battlefield in southern Tennessee (Shiloh National Military Park
There was a major battle early in the Civil War at the location of a church called Shiloh.
It was a two day battle – the South won Day 1, the North won Day 2. All told, there were 23,746 casualties – and there’s a large military cemetery on site.
There is an impressive collection of Civil War cannons scattered throughout the Shiloh National Military Park.
Today was our longest ride of the trip – over 400 miles. Additionally, it was HOT!! The highest temperature I saw was 99, and coupled with very high humidity, it made for an uncomfortable day!