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The Natchez Trace(6 posts)

The Natchez Traceseyboro
Dec 17, 2002 4:58 PM
In June, it will be time again for our club's annual 'Tour de Fools'. 4-7 days of riding something special. Two years ago, we rode the Blue Ridge Parkway, last year, the Outer Banks of NC. For '03, I am trying to gather some info on the Natchez Trace. I have the guide book, but would like to find out whether anyone has ridden the Trace and can provide some first hand opinions. Traffic, Lodging, landscape, etc.etc. Thanks in advance.
We did it in 2000.MB1
Dec 17, 2002 5:39 PM
e-mail me with what you want to know.
can't get to you...seyboro
Dec 18, 2002 7:00 PM
It appears, I have some problems getting an email to you. Would you ponder the questions below and email me your answers at
After reading the guide book on the Trace, a few questions remain. Would you recommend the NT for a weeklong trip? What gearing would you recommend? Did you use any lodging? If so, how did you like it? Are there decent food/water stops along the route? What was your daily mileage? Are there things to do, sights to see for our significant others? Is South to North preferable?
It would be great, if you could give me some general impressions of your trip. Thanks much in advance, Jörg
re: The Natchez Trace12x23
Dec 17, 2002 6:48 PM
I rode it last year with 10 other guys. Let me know if you're interested and I'll mail you our schedule. I think I still have it here somewhere.
Dec 18, 2002 3:15 PM
...would love to see that. Please, email me @
My thoughts on riding the Natchez TraceMB1
Dec 19, 2002 7:40 AM
We rode the Trace Thanksgiving week 2000 starting from Nashville.

The ride from Nashville to Alabama was fine. The first 60 miles of the Trace were the best part of riding on the Trace. After that we got bored, really bored and vowed to never do it again.

Our problems;
#1 after about mile 90 the Trace was flat and the views never changed.

#2 after about mile 60 of the Trace the surface was really rough pavement. It beat us up since we rode on it all day.

We rode anywhere from 100 to 120 miles a day so we were able to stay in motels and go off the Trace for food. There are no services on the Trace but water is generally available every 20 miles or so. There was very little traffic on the Northern part of the Trace but it is a major route in Mississippi so traffic was sometimes pretty bad.

We run wide range triples on our bikes and carried very little gear, I don't think we needed the low gears. If you are thinking about loaded gearing the Northern section of the Trace will require pretty low gears.

If you are looking for a nice weeklong ride I would suggest going West to East in Tennessee with perhaps a bit of the Northern end of the Trace. Other places we have really enjoyed riding are the Finger Lakes or Lake Champlain in New York. Highway 50 from West to East in Nevada, the Pacific coast bikecentinnial routes and lots of Colorado.

Skip a weeklong ride on the Natchez Trace.