Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Day 5 JEST (James/Kari's Economic Stimulus Trip)

Another great breakfast including French Toast served on french bread, cream cheese in between and finely chopped pecans that were cooked into the top piece. Of course that couldn't be complete without lots of syrup.............................yummmy.....................

Today was our first day on the Natchez Trace Pkwy which is a 450+ mile scenic byway (no houses/businesses). Lots of historic sites to look at along the way so we were stopping frequently. The weather is great so we are riding with the sun roof open. Everything is in bloom so the colors are absolutely gorgeous. By early afternoon we had to dig out the allergy meds.

HINT-when ordering tea in the deep south, a-l-w-a-y-s take a sip before you add any more sugar. It was almost two this afternoon and I had not had my tea for the day. I finally found a Sonic, ordered a tea in the biggest size they have (Route 44) and preceded to dump in my 5 packages of Splenda. I pulled back out onto the highway took a long drink of tea and thought I was going to go into a diabetic coma from the sugar the deep south you need to specify "unsweetened" or you will be served "sweet tea". Since we had to go off the parkway to find some tea to begin with I just drank the extra sweet tea.

We drove over 250 miles today. The scenery was so beautiful that we took our time and explored historic sites along the way. We are spending the night at Bridges-Hall Manor, a B&B in Houston, Ms. Unfortunately, we spent too much time trying to see everything on the trail that we missed the stop we wanted to see the most, French Camp. It was almost dark when we reached the area and the gates were closed. We did get to see some of the old buildings from the road. After dodging the deer and the turkey all day on the Trace, the comfort of the B&B was a nice way to end the day.

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