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Old 04-14-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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Exploring Backwoods, MS in pictures with BackwoodsKLR

Being a fan of KNYBanjo's daytrip picture thread, I thought I'd give it a try...

When I first started in DS bikes a few years back, I took the name BackwoodsKLR, cause my goal was to explore the backwoods, backroads, and out of the way places of Mississippi...

So here we go!

Met up this morning with the local KTM mafia. Luckily they let someone who has not tasted the orange Koolaid ride along with them! The Heart & Soul Cafe is out new hangout for breakfast!


We had to slab a bit to get out to the good stuff


This is a War Between the States battlefield that the locals have been fixing up. Has a row of canons across the line...


We rode up on a guy taking his old military Jeep for a spin. Looked like a sweet ride!




Anyone know what they sell here?


We may not have mountains in MS, but we do have a few waterfalls...




I have ridden past this old mill / plant / something and still don't know what it used to be. The road is called "Oil Mill Road".








More to come...
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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And on we rode...




Courthouse


The Exxon right next to the Jewish Synagogue?


The town is known for the steeple with a Gold Finger pointing skyward... It's not the ADV salute, but...


The window of the Exxon is decorated with snapshots...


Smalltown, MS.






This looked like the kind of place that checks you for guns at the door and gives you a knife so you have a chance...


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Old 04-14-2012, 06:01 PM   #3
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Soon we arrived at the Shaifer House...









I can only imagine what it was like in the 1860's when the Union army came marching up this road...


The sentry saw them coming and the first shot of the battle of Port Gibson was fired from right here, supposedly...








Soon we arrive at the Old Country Store for lunch. If you are ever in the area, check it out!


Fried chicken buffet, and Mr. D comes out and sings to the patrons.




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Old 04-14-2012, 06:08 PM   #4
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Soon we arrived at what is known as the "Ghosttowne" of Rodney. (Not really a ghosttown, but I'd say the population is in single digits, except during Deer Season!




We are checking out the historic Rodney Presbyterian Church (note the canonball in the front wall)...



While we are standing around, we see a bike coming...


They were out exploring, too




The levee you see here was built during the flooding of the MS river last Spring. Many structures were saved from the flooding by a levee added around them.




I guess this was the Rodney General Store with a nice gas pump still out front.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:12 PM   #5
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We took some more back roads and soon passed through the campus of Alcorn State University.


And stopped by the Ruins of Windsor...


At one time, it looked like this:












Good ride, guys. I'll have to go see if any of my video came out!
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:38 PM   #6
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Thanks for sharing!

I did a little searching on the abandoned mill in Port Gibson. I've always been curious too. It's the Port Gibson Oil Mill, which made cottonseed oil. Lots of info here, and here.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:53 PM   #7
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Good job BW! I have been remiss in not carrying my camera lately. Thanks for the good ride and the pics!
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Old 04-14-2012, 07:09 PM   #8
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Looks like a great ride BW, thanks for sharing. I forsee a set of knobs going on the Vee soon. ( I might have a half used front for you to see how you like it.)

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While we are standing around, we see a bike coming...


They were out exploring, too

Did you talk to them? I'm pretty sure that's DWalt from south Mississippi. great guy despite being a LSU fan...
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Me, BW, Supah, and powerslider met up this morning for a little ride. Powerslider just moved here from Oregon. He sent me a message this week, about riding, so we thought we'd show him a little of the Port Gibson area. He is riding a very nice 2005.5 KTM 950.

We slabbed it to Utica then started riding some good stuff.

First we needed an old man break.






These guys were out in full force today.







We made our way past Hunt rd falls, Grand Gulf, Port Gibson, and on to the Shaifer House.


After lunch at the Old Country Store, we headed southeast to check out the low water crossing. Its pretty low.




Back up towards Rodney.





We ran into fellow inmate Dewalt and passenger in Rodney. Dewalt is from Southwest MS. After years of riding, this was our first time meeting.



We left Rodney and made our way to Windsor Ruins.



We left Windsor and headed for home via OPG and various roads. It was a nice day for a ride and its good to have a new addition to the local ADV population.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:32 AM   #10
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Enjoyed your Ride Report

and photos. Real America; it's along the backroads...nothing "cookie cutter" about the scenery.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:04 AM   #11
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Looks like a great ride BW, thanks for sharing. I forsee a set of knobs going on the Vee soon. ( I might have a half used front for you to see how you like it.)



Did you talk to them? I'm pretty sure that's DWalt from south Mississippi. great guy despite being a LSU fan...
We didn't ride anything that needed knobbies. These tires are great at drifting gravel corners.

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and photos. Real America; it's along the backroads...nothing "cookie cutter" about the scenery.
And we often take it for granted, don't we?
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Enjoyed your posts. Nice ride to show the New Guy around.
You should of made the trek up the hill, behind the Presbyterian church. That old cemetery is something to see!
I have pics of it, but seeing it is the Best!
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:51 AM   #14
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Did you talk to them? I'm pretty sure that's DWalt from south Mississippi. great guy despite being a LSU fan...
Nope! We didn't talk to them. We stood there blocking the road, stared them down, and eventually they rode on on silence after we let them pass!

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