Natchez Trace brings on impulse epic bike ride
Have you ever thought to yourself that there has just got to be a place that has perfect scenery and weather for an epic bike ride, well so did Chris B.
“I had intended to ride 62 miles, which is 100 kilometers,” Chris Blount of Madison said. “But at about Mile 48 — where we faced the turnoff to complete 62 miles or go in a different direction to do the full 100 miles — I impulsively went for the hundred.
Blount will never forget opting for the 100-mile ride at the last possible moment.
Because the annual Natchez Trace Century Ride is not a sanctioned cycling event with prize money and rating points on the line, entrants can sign up for distances of 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles, but choose mid-race to ride longer.
“(Ridge land) Mayor (Gene) McGee was in the group I was riding (with), and I was out of my league — that last 20 miles was brutal. But I just tried to focus on the Mayor and followed him in. I was hungry for four days — ate everything in sight but couldn’t get full.”
Set for Saturday, May 7 at Old Trace Park in Ridge land, the Century Ride is presented by The Bike Crossing and Ridge land Recreation and Parks. It begins at 7 a.m. and will take the 100-mile cyclist across the Ross Barnett Reservoir and into Pelahatchie before riders head back toward Canton and the eventual loop back to Ridge land. All four courses begin and end at Old Trace Park.
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Mississippi: Natchez Trace & The Antebellum South Bike Tour
Summer is here so get ready for some fun in the sun bike riding down the Natchez Trace.
Our Natchez Trace tour offers the best of the antebellum South traditional hospitality, early American history, and distinctive architecture. Magnolia trees and moss-draped oaks add a charming flavor to quiet country roads. Classic Adventures enjoys the distinction of being the original: the first bicycle touring company to offer the Natchez Trace tour. In its 27th consecutive season, this tour offers incredible, unmatched value, in terms of lodging, dining, itinerary, experienced guides, and customer service. Much of our cycling winds along the Natchez Trace Parkway, a gentle, park-like route which abounds in cultural and scenic delights. Enjoy a short walk on the old sunken trace, the footpath where travelers journeyed north toward home. Visit Mount Locust, an old tavern/inn that provided simple lodging for weary Trace travelers in the 1800’s. Off the parkway, gentle country roads include stops at Windsor Ruins, Rocky Springs, and the mysterious Emerald Mound
Natchez Trace will be in full swing this month with outdoor wine tasting, festivals and art shows.
The outdoors will be the place to be on Saturday at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center.
A BioBlitz and Wildlife Festival are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Through games, exhibits and mini-expeditions, students and families will get up-close with nature.
For the BioBlitz, small groups will take hikes with biologists to look for plants, bugs, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
“Last year, they found a large number of slimy salamanders,” said Melanie Sander, park ranger.
BioBlitz hikes will start at 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
In addition, Terry Vandeventer will show off his collection of snake species found in Mississippi, including garter, corn, coachwhip and indigo snakes.
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