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I'm going to Barber next month and am thinking about taking a few more days to look at the Natchez Trace road.
It looks pretty accessable off, I 20.
Who's been on the Natchez Trace and what's there ?
 

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Been on the Tennessee end many times. This time next month I'll have been down the whole thing to Natchez, MS.

It doesn't cross I-20 until you get over to Jackson, MS however. From Birmingham I'd go northwest on Highway 78 and you can pick it up at Tupelo, MS. You can also go up I-65 to Decatur and cut across Highway 72. That will let you pick the NTP up west of Florence, AL just south of the AL / TN state border.

If you are in to history you'll enjoy it. There are historic pull-offs every few miles that have something to do with the NTP. The Meriwether Lewis Monument is about 40 miles north of the AL/TN border and is the site where Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis and Clark fame) died and is (I think) buried.

The Parkway ends in Nashville at Highway 100 (mile marker 442 on the NTP). The northern-most 15 miles are by far the most enjoyable that I've been on. It is one sweeping curve after another and is a lot of fun to ride. Be aware that the speed limit is rather low (40 on the north end and 50 south of Leipers Fork, TN). It is heavily patrolled and since the roadway is a federal facility the fine is high. I've heard it starts at $250 and goes up from there.

I have a ton of photos on my web site. Go to this page:
http://www.craigcentral.com/bikes/default.asp
and look at 2006, 2007, or 2008 and you'll find photos of the NTP. I think most of them were taken during 2007 though. Not many this year yet, but there were a few in 2006.
 

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Thanks Craig,
The trip is just starting to germenate in my mind. I had planned another ride for late Aug early Sept but had to put it off and have some surgery. So I'm thinking about going for a little wandering after Barber, Vintage festival. Sort of a treat for being such a brave boy. LOL

Any other suggestions are welcome for places to ride and see out that way. Due to the time of the year I don't want to venture too far north ,and due to finances not too far west. I'm starting out from mid NC. and will probably be on the road not more than a week after Barber.
 

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Well, there are plenty of good places to ride around here but nothing really spectacular. If you make it to the top end of the NTP give me a shout and we'll find some place to go.

Heading back to NC the Cherohala Skyway and The Dragon are good and will be more or less on your way.

If you like airplanes there is a good airplane museum in Sevierville, TN. Nashville is a tourist haven with all kinds of country music stuff that I try to avoid.

If you are a Civil War buff there are a number of civil war battlefields in Tennessee and northern Georgia.

Lots of state parks, national parks, waterfalls, etc.

The weather that time of year should not be bad. It starts to cool off here at the end of September and by October is usually pretty nice. You can probably expect low 80 degree temps by then. Not a lot of rain to deal with until December arond here. The leaves usually aren't showing any color until the end of October so don't expect much in that respect.

Any of that strike your fancy?
 

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Thanks SCRAIG,

PM me with your phone number if you like and if I do get close to Nashville I'll give you a ring.

Since I live in NC. and have traveled up and down the Dragon and over the Cheroholla several times I'll probably not go there.

A couple of other local riders may be going along with me now or they may hook up with me after Barber.

I love going there and still miss racing so I get a chance to hook up with a few "OLD" farts dragging parts, as my wife refers to us. I find that most people are really not that much into Vintage Racing unless they actually have some kind of a connection through their past.

I keep looking at maps trying to find a decent way to get over to Barber from Lewisville that does not entail endless mind numbing hours on the interstate. Each time I think I've got it figured out , then I look at the additional mileage/time involved and I just go the boring way. I'm at the point where anything much over 400 miles in a day just flat wears my old bones out.

Crikey , I'm actually starting to think I should either hang up my helmet or get something I can carry or tow a bike with. I never thought I would actually verbalise that thought. LOL
 

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PM me with your phone number if you like and if I do get close to Nashville I'll give you a ring.
It isn't a secret. I've posted it here a few times before. My cell is (615) 417-8898.

Since I live in NC. and have traveled up and down the Dragon and over the Cheroholla several times I'll probably not go there.

A couple of other local riders may be going along with me now or they may hook up with me after Barber.

I love going there and still miss racing so I get a chance to hook up with a few "OLD" farts dragging parts, as my wife refers to us. I find that most people are really not that much into Vintage Racing unless they actually have some kind of a connection through their past.
I sort of guessed you had been over the Cherohala and Dragon before but figured I'd mention them anyway.

There are a few of us from here heading for Barber on September 27. Not sure what your planned dates are but that's when we are going. I've been a couple of times and it is a fantastic place. I never get tired of it.

I keep looking at maps trying to find a decent way to get over to Barber from Lewisville that does not entail endless mind numbing hours on the interstate. Each time I think I've got it figured out , then I look at the additional mileage/time involved and I just go the boring way. I'm at the point where anything much over 400 miles in a day just flat wears my old bones out.

Crikey , I'm actually starting to think I should either hang up my helmet or get something I can carry or tow a bike with. I never thought I would actually verbalise that thought. LOL
I know the feeling. I'm heading out on 9/13 for a 2,000 mile trip on my VFR and I keep asking myself whether or not I can do 300-400 miles for several days in a row. I guess I'll know the answer to that one in a couple of weeks ;) I did 600 miles in a day on it a couple of months ago and had a bit more in me so I'm pretty sure I can.
 

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Post up your plans closer to the vintage weekend. I Plan on riding my strom down there as well. I have a buddy riding his DR down as well, we jsut haven't locked in our route or travel dates yet.
 

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Will do Tim.

As it stands at the moment I plan to leave Lewisville on Thursday morning the 16th of Oct. I most likely will cruise down 421 to 321 then go south to 85 and go towards Atlanta. Then around the north loop and get off at 20.
I have a hotel reservation for Fri & Sat in Pell City, Al.
I figure if I show up on Thursday I'll just take a chance they have a room available. If not , I have never had any trouble finding some place to stay around there.

I sometimes make it all the way in a day to Barber and if traffic or weather set me back I don't get there untill Fri.

Sat will be at the track and swap meet, Fri is a crap shoot obviously. Sunday is usually spent at the track, I try to be in the pits as much as possible for the weekend chatting with any of my old friends that are there.

After that I'm open to any suggestions.:p
 
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