Is Elvis really in the building?
Hello faithful followers,
We have finished our 5th day of riding the Natchez Trace Parkway and have passed the halfway mark today. It was a cool morning 57 degrees) when we started off this morning. Notice the jackets on the group, except for me, cause I am always a hotbox. Hopefully next trip will find me a few pounds lighter and a little more normal when it comes to body temps! Ha! We rode from mile marker 213 and ended at mile 266. Of course we needed to stop at the 222 mile marker for a pic of the halfway point.
I did get through my 20 mile part of the ride and averaged 14 mph this time...my highest yet! But I sure did have tired legs and bum when I got done. Ev decided to SAG with me and Colleen stayed in the van too, so the guys got to finish the last 33 miles on their own. They averaged 15 mph for the whole day, so rode considerably faster after we womenfolk got in the van. We stopped at a place called Witchdance to change drivers.
The guys were all riding in Military jerseys today. Wynn in Navy, Dan in Air Force and Greg in Marine jerseys.
We ate lunch at Chickasaw Council. We had purchased a loaf of cinnamon apple oat bread yesterday at the French School and it made for terrific hearty PB and J sandwiches today!
We tried to get some bridge crossings today. Colleen volunteered to be the lookout while Ev and I drove below the bridge to get an angle.
We arrived at the Tupelo visitor center, the main Natchez Trace center. It was the endpoint for our ride today. The guys pulled in around 12:30 pm. Great ride! Even the news showed up, but didn't interview us.😂
Once in Tupelo, we of course had to go see the birthplace of Elvis. It was touted to be such a cool place, but we all agree that the hype didn't match the actual presentation. It cost $14 each to take the tour, which we did. We saw the little church and the actual house his dad built and they lived in. Lots of fun stuff in the museum and a cool gift shop to boot. But not worth $14!
It was around 90 degrees again today so we had to make another stop at Sonic for milkshakes!
Tonight we are staying at a Comfort Inn. Sad news...the pool is broken. Dan and Ev are making the Southwest Skillet for supper tonight and we will watch the Indians play afterwards. Beer and cookies were served in the lobby and we are watching part of Shawshank Redemption while we await supper time. Tomorrow night we are crossing out of Mississippi and will stay the night in Alabama.
Goodnight from Brenda and the ponies 🚴🏻 🚴🏻 🚴🏻 🚴🏻 🚴🏻 🚴🏻