Day 10 - Natchez to Greenville
We're heading north today along The Natchez Trace Parkway which follows an old Indian trader route that runs 450 miles to Nashville.
We're doing the first 40 or so miles before picking up Highway 61 again.
No trucks allowed so great fo bikers and cyclists and old people in no rush.
Stopped at the site of one of the old inns and got talking to an old park ranger who took a shine to the girls.
Next stop Vicksburg, the site of one of the most important battles in the civil war.
Massive loss of life on both sides.
The civil war museum is here on the actual site of the battle and after a very moving video you drive round the 12 mile tour taking in the gun batteries and trenches.
Onward to Greenville for the night.
Mississippi. Sunday. Closed!
Day 11 Monday or Bluesday take your pick
Headed north from Greenville along the Great River Road to see what that's got to offer.
Swamps, lakes and beauty! This place never fails to surprise us.
On to Clarksdale, birthplace of the blues.
First port of call is The Shack Up Inn, check out their website.
It's a collection of original share cropper's huts which have been moved, restored and turned into really trendy accommodation centred on a very funky blues bar.
We pulled into the car park and there were 3 cars & 5 people.
2 Cumbrians, 2 Londoners and a guy from Sale whose father ran Sharston bike shop where I got my first bike from aged eleven. Small world eh?
Everybody you bump into is doing the same sort of thing.
In our original planning we had intended to stay here but we changed our minds and chose Greenville! Gollocks!
On into town past the junction of Highway's 49 & 61, where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil to ba able to play the blues.
Lunch at Ground Zero Blues club part owned by Morgan Freeman and full of graffiti.
We've booked a superb 2 bedroom apartment in the middle of Memphis near Beale Street and as soon as we've unpacked we're off to BB Kings Club for some soul food and fantastic music from the house band
Great end to a fantastic day.
What a day!