RideAbout65.2 – Day 3 – Natchez to Orange, Texas


Total distance: 267.19 mi
Download file: Day3.gpx


Today’s Mileage: 267 miles

Total Trip Mileage so far: 813 miles


Headed out from scenic Natchez, MS by the Miss River down to Krotz Springs, LA at the suggestion of my brother-in-law Tommy to find the location where they filmed the last scene in Easy Rider (the scene where Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda get shot and crash). There is no marker or anything but a lot of chat on the internet – apparently there is a big following of the Easy Rider movie lore.  The location is about 4 or 5 miles north of town.  Krotz Springs, what can you say – I suppose it was a big deal when all the movie folks and stars came to town. The stretch of road is just that – I did video the ride and maybe if you watch the movie along with it you can figure out the spot where they were filming (video links below).

Pretty much filled up a morning just doing pretty much nothing – but that is what the RideAbout65 series is all about. Click on the video links at bottom of post to see the scene as it looks today and to see the original movie clip.

Through Louisiana and on to Texas. The plan was to visit Lacy, multi-time ISDE Women’s Team rider extraordinaire and her husband up in their Texas paradise but arrival schedule and her work schedule did not mesh – so next time. Her husband invited me to come on up and go fishing but since I am better at eating fish than catching them I decided to head on over toward Austin to meet up with my friend Pat for a little Hill Country riding.

Something nice about Texas: back roads have 70 and 75 mph speed limits. Texans apparently like to go fast – works for me.

Overall Day 3 is very scenic and good riding. Weather perfect – but there was a large group of bugs out to meet me in Louisiana. Will have to wash the bike in Austin – big splatts all over front of bike and me. Dropped down to Orange, TX for the night.

Krotz Springs, LA

Krotz Springs, LA

Entering Texas

Entering Texas

Speed sign

Speed signs on Texas back roads






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…