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post #1 of 5 Old 09-09-2010, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Riding The Natchez Trace

Its been ten years since I rode the Natchez Trace. I remember the speed limit was 50 mph and I did 60 and it was OK. Still like that? Is there anything else I should know about conditions there? Thanks!
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The speed limit from the north end at Highway 100 in Nashville to Highway 46 at Leipers Fork (about 13 miles) is 40mph. At Highway 46 it changes to 50 and stays that way for a long distance. I've been down it to Tupelo, MS and I think it stays at 50mph at least that far.

The rangers are pretty forgiving but 50mph means 50mph. Hit a ranger on a bad day and you might get a ticket. I understand they are pretty expensive as well (in the $250 range) since it's a federal highway, federal rangers, and a federal offense. I had one just flash his lights and shake his finger at me one day and I was doing 60 in the 40 zone. I think I was just lucky that time though.

I've talked to the rangers on a number of occasions. They are very nice guys, and aren't trying to make problems for people. On the other hand they aren't willing to take a lot of crap either. They can and will give tickets, but act decent and so will they.

The other big thing is bicycles. The place is infested with them and while most of them ride properly there are a bunch that appear to be brain dead. The posted rules for the NTP are that bicycles are to ride single file. Period. I've come around curves and found them 4 wide in front of me blocking a lane and a half. I came around a semi-blind curve a month or so ago (decent visibility but I couldn't see all the way around it) and there was a gaggle of 30 or 40 of them with several cars backed up behind them coming straight at me. There was barely enough room for me to squeeze by right on the edge of my lane! Watch out for them. They are NUTS!

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Thanks Scott. Yes I know all about bicyclists and endorphines. A bad combination.
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The north end to something like hwy 50 is very nice, but mostly posted at 40, has more traffic, and early and late you have to be very careful about turkey and deer.

My wife and I rode from hwy50 to the southern terminus in Natchez earlier this year and it was just great. Rolling at posted +5 has never made a problem for me. It is a great, relaxing ride so there's no need to be in a hurry. All sections are complete. The agonizing detour in Jackson MS is gone forever! There is no gas now at Jeff Busby, so just something to know.

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If you rode the Parkway 10 yrs. ago you will be in for a treat. The foilage
has grown up and there is less traffic. Start your day soon after day break.
It's worth it !
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