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www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 64 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02 Ride another 50-mile segment, then stop to enjoy the view from the Ross Barnett Reservoir overlook (mile 105). Don't miss the tupelo-bald cypress swamp at mile 122. A long, wooden boardwalk puts you just inches above the water as you stroll among the wildlife. Walking on the boards, I met a rider from California who shared his dream of taking U.S. Route 6 cross-country. I didn't doubt his aspiration: His license plate (HWY 6) was mounted in an Iron Butt frame. As I left the swamp and continued north, I had to ride in a driving rain until it turned to a drizzle somewhere around mile 200. The stretch between mile 205 and 210 made me glad I wasn't on the road in April 2011 when a powerful tornado tore through the area. The swirling winds snapped off thousands of trees like matchsticks, leaving behind an eerie forest of jagged 10-foot stumps. The rain came back with a vengeance, pounding me until the Tupelo exit at mile 260. I staggered off the bike at the Best Western Plus, grabbed a hot shower and had a cold drink at the Chili's next door. It was a good end to a great day. The Best Western earned two thumbs up. It is clean, convenient to the Trace and very rider friendly. Main: My rear's in Alabama, while my fork's in Tennessee. Seeds of a country- western song? Left: Thirteen unknown Confederate soldiers are buried alongside the Trace, which played an important role in the Civil War.

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