RideAbout65.2 – Day 1 – Natchez Trace Parkway into Mississippi


Total distance: 270.22 mi
Download file: Day1.gpx

Today’s Mileage: 270 miles

Total Trip Mileage so far: 270 miles


I finally escaped the gravitational pull of my office and blasted off on RideAbout65.2. I soon encountered a bit of a weather hold – had planned to take the Natchez Trace Parkway to Jackson, MS and visit my cousin in Brandon – then continue down the parkway to Natchez. I got a late start down the parkway as planned but after consulting the weathermap (what did we do before smartphones?) I decided to route around the rain – that sent me north and west so I did not get to Jackson tonight. I will visit my cousin in the morning instead – that’s the good thing about not having a schedule.

It was great to ride those roads over in West Tenn around the river where I spent so much time as a teenager back in the 60’s – riding my Triumphs and other bikes on those same roads…

Raining…on radar looks like only spot in the state. But a lot better than snow and besides, the Ducati is waterproof…I think.

Day 1 video below.


This just about says it all....

This just about says it all….



Tom Carter
Franklin, Tennessee

Mechanical Engineering Consultant

Motorcycle Rider/ Racer/ Tester

Husband/ Dad/ Grandfather/ Great-Grandfather

Planet Earth Arrival 1947

First rode a motorcycle around 1958

Still riding today…