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Holmes County? Are we back in Ohio

Rolling thru the Mississippi Flatlands

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Friday pm: So after a good dip in the pool and a shower, we piled in the car and went to the Natchez Trace Parkway and had a cookout on the little grill we borrowed from Ryan. Thanks, Son! The Johnsonville brats were delicious and thanks to Walmart we had fresh potato salad and baked beans. When we returned to our rooms, we had some of the homemade peanut brittle given to us by Sally.



Please take time to Google Natchez Trace and see what you find. Very interesting.

The ponies were saddled early and the riders mounted and were out of the gate at 7:15 am. Today's ride was so much flatter and the morning temps were conducive for riding. Today's ride was 102 miles, averaging 16 mph. The riders were in the saddle for 6 hours and 22 minutes. This included the 2 miles of "sightseeing" when the team found themselves off the route. I tell you, I am so glad we have our I Pads and I phones. The app, Find my Friends has been so helpful. We easily spotted the riders and were able to get them back on the route. Cyclists know that a wrong turn can be painful. Here are a couple of clips of them riding today.

As the riders headed into Holmes County, MS, Wynn felt right at home. He was born and raised in Berlin, OH, right in the heart of Holmes Co, Ohio. While the morning ride was taking place, Karen and I headed back to the square in Kosciusko . What a beautiful little town. So sad to see many empty buildings as the businesses are moving out of town.


Then the two of us decided to travel south on the Nachez Trace Parkway. What a wonderful drive. So many sweet pull offs. We say a Cypress Swamp and a beautiful river. Bridges and open fields were all along the way.


We decided we better get back to business and meet up with the riders for lunch. We found the appointed place and picked a nice shady spot on Rt 12 where bathrooms were available. The name of the town was Belzoni, where of course we were at the location of...you guessed it, The Catfish Hall of Fame.
After resting up the ponies continued on another few miles and we actually had an afternoon water break as the temps continued to climb up into the high 80's. we stopped in Hollandale were our riders were treated to a Blues festival in the middle of town. The ride finished up when Rt 12 joined Rt 1 just south of Greenville. Karen and I sat along the road in a cotton field while we waited. We actually met the farmer that owned the field. He was so curious about the. Inkers he had just passed. Karen was able to get a few good pictures.
We went and saw the bridge that they will be riding over in the morning. What a beautiful sight! We stopped and got pictures at the state signs for both Mississippi and Arkansas. Tonight we will be staying in Greenville at a Day's Inn. Tomorrow will see us entering the fourth state of our Tour.

Have a wonderful Sunday.
Rolling West,
Brenda and the Pony Express

Posted by brendagerber07 15:12

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"Saw" you crossing the Mississippi! Glad you were able to check out the route (and the bridge crossing) before tomorrow's ride. Fortunately it will be a Sunday, so hopefully not so much traffic.

Sweet dreams and welcome to Arkansas next!

by Ev Roob

WOW! Are you crossing the Natchez Trace Parkway bridge with the big white arches?? I Googled it as you recommended and what a gorgeous bridge and park. I never knew it existed! That is SOME sight. I feel like I'm taking little vacation snipits by following you all on your trip.

by Wendy Miller

WE love you all and are here praying for health and safety Paul and Jane

by Jane Godby

Tim wants to know what the record Catfish is? Or better yet, Did you catch one? Hahahahaha.

Now I'm really envious! Not about the Catfish museum, but just being able to take a month off and just cross the country, catching all the views! What an awesome opportunity. I may not have the desire to bike it (although I commend you all on this wonderful accomplishment), but I love taking road trips like that. Keep soaking it in!

Meanwhile, back on the home front, Tim and I enjoyed going to the OSU vs WI game last night. Even though it was an "ugly" game, in my opinion, we did win. And it's always fun to be at the game. Heading up to Mom's today (small road trip may include the outlet mall :-)


by Karen Schaffner

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