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Sunday Ride

BRM Sunset

This is the view we saw tonight on our way home from a motorcycle ride to get ice cream.

End of the Trace

After 1397 miles, and 5 days we are home from our motorcycle trip down to Jackson, MS and up the Natchez Trace then back across southern TN and northern GA. It was a fun trip but I’m glad to be home.

Jackson to Tupelo

Today we rode the Natchez Trace from Jackson to Tupelo.

Here you see Jan and Radar along the original trace where over the years Indians, slaves, settlers and soldiers all walked through here.  It’s kind of awe inspiring to think of the history along this trail.

I think Radar was mostly interested in the 1927 Model T which was parked along the side of the Trace.

I think one of the neatest places was the cypress swamp.

Water Tupelo and Baldcypress Trees live in the deep water of the swamp. (alligators live in this swamp, however I wasn’t lucky enough to see one)

The Bynum mounds are burial mounds that were believed to have been made 1800-2100 years ago.

We’re going to Jackson…

Well actually we are already in Jackson, but that song has been stuck in Jan’s head for days, so I figured I would help her along and remind her of it just in case she managed to clear it earlier today.

If you look real hard, you can see Radar in the mirror (today was our day to lead). Tomorrow we will start our cruise up Natchez Trace.

Chilly Start

At 7am this morning we set out on the trike to meet up with our buddy Radar so we could take a quick little trip (about a week) to ride the Natchez Trace. Today we drove about 360 miles of back road highways and have arrived in Phenix, Alabama. We have about 340 miles to ride on to Jackson, MS where we will catch the trace and follow it on up to Nashville, TN. Todays ride was nice, albeit chilly and a little damp.  We hit about a half dozen isolated showers on the journey, and as you can see the rain definitely cooled things down as steam rises from the road.

Spring= BRP

With Spring time here- It also means trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Looking Glass Falls


Today Jan and I drove north to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse located in Corolla, NC. The construction was finished in 1875 and was the last lighthouse built along the North Carolina coastline. This is one of the only lighthouses that is not painted. They left it in it’s natural state to make it distinguishable from other light stations in the area.

Wright-eous Dudes!

Orville and Wilbur were two righteous dudes. It was a goose bumpy kinda of feeling today when we walked where the Wright Brothers successfully flew an airplane on December 17, 1903. The first flight lasted 12 seconds and stretched 120 ft. By the fourth attempt of the day Orville flew 59 seconds and made it 852 feet.  The two brothers chose this spot due to the soft sandy landings, as well as the area clear of trees. The high winds of the area were also beneficial to create lift.

In the bottom image you can see a rail directly in front of the monument. The brothers used this rail to create a smooth take off surface.


Along one of the beaches in Nags Head, a couple of people were “trying” to kitesurf. We never did see them actually succeed at it… But it still looked like they were having a good time.

Bodie Island Lighthouse, near Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC The reconstruction on the lighthouse is set to be complete in 2012.