Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Day #? - Where ARE we?
Hey y'all. It's been a while since we've been able to update, so we thought we'd get you caught up real quick. Don't have a clue what day we're on, all we know is it's been more than a month and nearly 900 miles since we left Chicago. We're currently in Tishomingo, Mississippi and loving the Natchez Trace. We've traveled about 140 miles so far down the Trace, with another 300 to go.
The first three days on the Trace were hard. Everyone had partied hard in Nashville and now we all had head colds. To make matters worse, it rained for 2 days straight, and we stayed holed up at a rest area for a few days to nurse our health and wait out the weather. When we finally got moving again, we met the coldest nights we've had yet, with temperatures dropping down to 28 degrees at night. We had to sleep in a bathroom one night, just to keep warm. We met a cool guy named Brian, who drove us to a Chinese buffet. He is traveling as well, in a van with his dog, going West just like us.
Eventually we got to do some legit camping and hung out at Colbert Ferry for a few days because we enjoyed the scenery and our cozy little camp. Lots of scenic views, the Tennessee River, and some Indian Mounds are a few things we've encountered. There was a very special wall we saw. One man built it by hand as a memorial to his Indian Grandmother, who was forced to walk the trail of tears and came back. He placed a new stone for every step she took. Very moving.
We've been riding slowly, meeting people and taking in all the sights the Trace has to offer. Now we've stopped in Tishomingo to pick up supplies, panhandle for donuts, and blog. We crossed two state lines to get here, and have averaged a new state every week since we left. The weather is warming up and stays around 65-70 during the days. The south is going to be awesome.
Enjoy the pics, and keep in touch.