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Old 04-17-2015, 10:45 AM   #1
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What if ride for 8 days TN, MS, AR

Not sure how epic this will be but leaving tomorrow morning for 8 days of riding from Columbus Ohio, through Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas then back home. Have no idea how to upload the cool maps that everyone does, sorry.
I have only been overnight on a bike, no long trips, but figure I have to start somewher right? I am saying it is the what if ride because for the last month I have heard these questions repeated in no particular order,

What if it rains?
What if it gets hot?
What if it gets cold?
What if you fall off?
What if you get hit by a car?
What if you hit an animal?
What if you get sick/hurt?

I can only think what if I don't go and what if Ihad the time to go further?

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain.

Stops along the way,












I'll try to update as much as possible, thanks for following along!
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:58 PM   #2
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Nice pics to start. Details man! Details!
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:31 PM   #3
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What if it rains?
What if it gets hot?
What if it gets cold?
What if you fall off?
What if you get hit by a car?
What if you hit an animal?
What if you get sick/hurt?
1 Take rain gear. If you get wet, you'll dry off again.
2 Won't be that hot this time of year.
3 Put on another layer.
4 Don't do that.
5 Don't do that either.
6 Make sure it's a small one.
7 Hope it's minor.

Forget all the silly questions and enjoy your trip.
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Old 04-18-2015, 02:28 AM   #4
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If you ride only those states you won't see the coon dog cemetery, it is in Alabama. Have fun!!!
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:04 AM   #5
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Sounds like you are in for a good trip! I just finished 12 days of riding in a similar area, started in Houston ended in Huntsville.


This is roughly the route I took
(Couldn't modify it any further to add more of the side minor highways I took)

Any questions feel free to send me a message!
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:31 AM   #6
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1 Take rain gear. If you get wet, you'll dry off again.
2 Won't be that hot this time of year.
3 Put on another layer.
4 Don't do that.
5 Don't do that either.
6 Make sure it's a small one.
7 Hope it's minor.

Forget all the silly questions and enjoy your trip.
+1, I'm in.
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:19 PM   #7
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OK, so made it home safe and sound. I really wanted to update as I went along but slow and no internet service made that impossible. I left Columbus Ohio on 4/18 around 9am for Nashville, start of the Natchez Trace. It was a beautiful day, sunny and got up to around 80 degrees that day. It was all intersate so really no pictures that day. I was traveling pretty fast, thunderstorms were forecast for later that day in Nashville. I made great time and got there before 4:00. It was hard to find a hotel in Nasville, not sure what was going on. I won't mention any names but I would not recommend soending any 'Days' in the hotel that I was at in Franklin TN. The only good thing was that Cracker Barrel was next door so I had a good dinner. About 430 miles that day.

Picture of the hotel room, the bed was interesting, haven't seen anything like it in twenty years.
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Old 04-26-2015, 05:36 PM   #8
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The next morning I woke up to a monsoon! It rained almost an inch since starting around midnight. I waited until around 10:30 to leave the hotel, the rain had reduced to drizzle. I started riding, thought I was going the I wrong way and then I saw this,
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Old 04-27-2015, 06:38 AM   #9
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cool trip ! im in.
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:21 PM   #10
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Day 2 continued.
I was happy, I had made it to my first destination, the Natchez Trace. The bridge in the last picture is one of the more famous sites along the trace, the Highway 96 bridge. It is about six miles from the end or start of the trace depending on how you are riding it. That is were I got on at.
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:33 PM   #11
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Mores pictures from that day, about 200 miles total that day. Not sure what anyone knows of the Natchez Trace. It is over 400 miles long going from Natchez Mississippi to Nashville TN. It is speed limited to 50 mph for most of the road, a little slower in some spots. No commercial traffic is allowed and the road is super smooth. It's historically significant-used by native americans, settlers and explorers for centuries.
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:35 PM   #12
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As you can see it was overcast most of the day but warm, highs almost 80 degrees
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:38 PM   #13
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One of the last remaining original buildings along the trace,
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:42 PM   #14
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