Natchez Trace Ride

The last weekend of March 2001, Wayne, myself and John set out to explore the Historic Natchez Trace Parkway.

We joined the Trace at it's Northernmost end - Mile marker 442 just south of Nashville.


The Grave of Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark fame) can be found near mile marker 386.
On October 11, 1809 Meriwether Lewis died of self inflicted wounds.
Failing to take his own life after first shooting himself in the head, he tried (and failed again) by shooting himself in the chest.
He then took out his razor blades and cut himself from head to toe.
Some time later he finally passed away.
Some historians have speculated that Lewis was suffering from manic depression or dementia brought on by syphilis.
There is also speculation among historians that this was not suicide at all, but actually murder.

In Florence Alabama we found the Renaissance Tower.
It's 300 feet tall and is Alabama's tallest tourist attractions.
Unfortunately it was closed.


I had heard about a "Coon Dog Cemetery" somewhere near Cherokee, Alabama.
After riding for nearly 2 hours on some of the worst roads I've ever encountered, we finally stumbled across the Cemetery.
(Click the picture to see more Coon Dog Cemetery Pictures)

The Pharr Mounds (at mile marker 286) consists of 8 burial mounds across 90 acres.


"Witch Dance" can be found at mile marker 233 - Sounds spooky but there's nothing to see except this sign.

Nearly across the road are the Bynum Mounds (mile marker 232)..
These burial mounds were built nearly 2000 years ago.


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We took a few detours off of the Trace.
One stop was in Flora Mississippi which boasts to be "...the only surviving Petrified Forest in the entire Eastern half of the United States." - (from the Nature Trail Guide)

In case you can't  find a sharp stick to poke in your eye, this is a good alternative - pay $5 to walk the nature trail.

Here's John standing next to a cross-section of a modern Sequoia (nature trail exhibit 1).
 Markers on it's rings mark significant points in time.
While this exhibit was pretty impressive, it was unfortunately not petrified, nor was it from Mississippi.
It came from California.

Wayne and John checking out a few of the petrified logs

Wayne and I relaxing on the "Caveman's Bench" (nature trail exhibit 8)- A uniquely shaped petrified log.

Other "amazing" points of interest include  :

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In Mendenhall Mississippi we set out to find "Revolving Table Restaurant" .
It's billed as the world's largest "Lazy Susan".

The patrons sit around a huge table on which all the food is placed and as the table turns,
you take what you want and put it on your plate - or at least this was what I was lead to believe.

We never found out because there were "NO MEALS TODAY"!

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