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Tour at Vicksburg Took Precedence over Cycling?

Really... yes, really !

Hello to all that are following our journey up the Natchez Trace. It is always fun to see the comments that you leave each morning after we write. We woke early and had a great breakfast at the Comfort Inn and Suites. Everything was fresh and hot. We wanted to do some touring in Vicksburg before cycling today, thinking that we would be on the road around 11:00 am. The National Cemetery was not open until 9:00 so we decided to drive down to the Levy ( but the Levy was dry...kidding) We were looking for the murals on display down by the river's edge. We were pleasantly surprised by what we found. While they weren't the quality of the murals we saw last year in Bucyrus, OH, they were still a beautiful collection of paintings about the history of the city of Vicksburg. Here is a sampling of what we saw.

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But my favorite interactive mural included our own, Evelyn Roob!

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There was a huge riverboat on the Mississippi behind the murals...gorgeous!

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While at the murals, Evelyn was busy on her phone getting us a personal tour guide at the Vicksburg National Park. We arrived at 9:00 and watched a couple of presentations on the Battle for Vicksburg and by 9:30 our tour guide met up with us and we were off. He drove our van and talked for the next 3 hours. We were expecting a 2 hour tour, but wow! Was he interesting!

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The park was filled with monuments provided by each state for the different units and were placed on the site near to where they were positioned. Our guide pointed out the many Ohio divisions that served. Each monument held a state name and depicted something different.

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Along with the division monuments there were also state monuments for both the North and South. Each is a unique work of art. Our guide, Louis, had a story for each one and knew the symbolism represented on each sculpture. He made us feel as though we were experiencing the battles, the failed attempts and the final siege. None of us could imagine the ingenuity of on the spot inventions and the work involved in the tunneling and the moving of supplies and cannons from day to day in this battle. Here are a few samples:

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So after this three hour history lesson, we were all getting hungry so ate lunch on our half hour ride back to the Trace to begin our riding for the day. It was around 87 degrees as we rode and the headwinds were present but under 10 mph. You could feel them a lot more when we were riding out in the open fields. The terrain today consisted of a lot of little rollers. They were in the 1-3 % grade with not a lot of flat ground in between the next incline. Evelyn and Greg started the SAG but Greg hopped about 10 miles in and joined the ponies. Wynn and I rode a bit further behind the speedsters up front. We still managed to average around 13.5 mph for my 20 miles. The rest of the group rode 15-16 mph on average for them. One flat tire on Dan's bike and we managed to finish our 47 miles by 5:00 pm, even after the late start. The traffic really picked up on this part of the Trace around 4:00pm when we assume work was out for the day. So our ride from mile 54.8 to mile 101 was complete.

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Our hotel is the Cabot Lodge in Ridgeland, MS and is located only 5 miles off the Trace. It is a snazzy little place and we are glad to be here. Happy hour kept a few of our group busy. I made skillet spaghetti and we had salad too. The pool was cool but a nice change of pace for Wynn, Greg and Ev.
Now we are all cleaned up and ready to get some rest. I want to thank my son, Ryan and his bride, Makara for giving us the CAV's cycling jerseys to wear on our trip. I also want to thank my son Scott and his bride Jenna for the phone call tonight and the good news that we will be flying instead of driving to Disney World next month!! ?

I leave you all tonight with this pic that reminds me how thankful I am that there are no trucks allowed on the Natchez Trace Parkway! We sure saw a lot of these three years ago on the Pony Ride across the USA

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Tomorrow night we will actually stay at the same little hotel in Kosciusko that we stayed in three years ago. Brings back a lot of sweet memories. So thankful that the six of us are enjoying this trip together and that I get to ride a bit too, thanks to my sweet husband who rides with me and encourages me to keep going on the up hills!

Until tomorrow,
Brenda and the ponies

Posted by brendagerber07 18:35

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Lots of history! Enjoying your lessons, Brenda. Keep on! Margi

by Margi

Brenda got your post this morning with no problem. Love all the pics. Very interesting. You guys look like your really enjoying this trip. Stay safe!

by Kathy Miller

Enjoying the pictures of your journey. Safe travels ! - Gary

by Gary Hayden

Loving your adventure! Just wonder if there were any Good 'ol boys drinking whiskey and rye at that levy? Any comments Wynn?(per Jill) haha

by Char

Keep up the good work, sis. You can do this! :-)

by Karen S.

Jerseys looked great! Love that you guys are documenting this. Keep on riding strong and enjoy the trip. Looks beautiful!

by Ryan G

Love the Cavs jerseys!

by Sandy Woosley

When you get North of Jackson, along the Pearl River reservoir, you will be at the site of my "noodling" experience! Only in Mississippi!

by Randy L

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