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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Day 3, Mississippi

About 240 miles today, but very few on an interstate, and many, many stops along the way.

I picked up the Natchez Trace Parkway just south of Nashville, and what a nice ride. Sometimes I went for a mile or two without seeing another vehicle. Pretty scenery and smooth turns, and not a billboard, store, or neon sign in sight. In fact, I got off at Buzzard Corner just to see a few stores, lights, and signs.

From there, I had a chance to visit Corinth, MS, the site of a major Civil War battle. On the Shiloh battlefield, there's a special place called a Civil War Interpretation Center which allows research and emphasizes Corinth's, and Mississippi's, role in the Civil War.

And from there to Tupelo, the birthplace of Elvis. I visited his first home and the church he attended.
Tonight I'm staying in. I'm a little road-worn and NASCAR is on. Besides, I found out (sniff) that Hooters bypassed Tupelo. (I wonder how people eat?!?!)

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A very thought-provoking memorial

Corinth Mississippi



Stopped in Tupelo Mississippi for a break and what's a person to do while in Tupelo? Hell, there's only one thing: You gotta visit the Elvis sites, and I did. Lots of fun, a great way to spend an afternoon.

This is exactly how I wanted the trip to go. See something fun or interesting to do? Just stop and do it. The road will be there the next day...


Early Equipment Report

Well kids, after almost 1,000 miles and three days of road testing, here's the lowdown:

As much as I fought getting a windshield, the Switchblade is a real saver. A lot less hammering from the wind, and I'm glad some of those bugs on it didn't hit me!

I don't care what you hear elsewhere, those lower deflectors make a huge difference. I ran a hundred or so miles without, and hated it. When they're on, there's a lot less wind knocking my helmet around. Anyone who says they aren't worth it don't know what the fuck they're talking about.

T-Bags luggage- I got the SuperT with roll bag and this is great stuff. Quality made, and it's on, or off, in just a few minutes. Rides well too.....nothing comes loose or shakes around.

TomTom Rider 2 GPS - gets lousy reviews online, and hard to see, but with a little homemade sunshade, it works great. And a GPS gives me the confidence to explore a little more. So far, the GPS takes the #1 best-buy ranking.

But it's all good, and I'm having a ball.


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