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Cycling the Natchez Trace: Day 3

After our night in the hotel, we headed back to the Trace. Our third day ended up being a very flat ride with a headwind almost all day. I am not a fan of flats; I like a little coasting time and on flats you just don’t get any! During this day, we saw no other cyclists and saw few animals (other than birds). We did see a field with five or six hog traps, but no hogs.

Love a shady road!
Love a shady road!

At Milepost 122, we stopped to visit the Cypress Swamp. We didn’t stop for long because the mosquitoes hadn’t gotten enough for breakfast and were looking for an early lunch. BIG mosquitoes! We snapped a few pictures and were on our way.

Cypress Swamp
Cypress Swamp

We stopped at a rest area and had a picnic with our Subway sandwiches. Picnics are fun; we don’t do them often enough. We have noticed that when cycling, people don’t mind talking to you. A couple driving the Trace stopped by our table to talk about our trip and theirs.

Yummy lunch
Yummy lunch
Helmet hair
Helmet hair

After 78 miles of cycling, we arrived at our destination, French Camp, MS! French Camp is a very small town that is home to French Camp Academy, a boarding school. We stayed at the French Camp Bed and Breakfast; proceeds from the B&B go to support the school.  The B&B is in an old log house with several rooms with private baths. When we arrived, boys from the academy were putting the finishing touches on cleaning and making beds. They really seemed to enjoy telling us about their school and why they attended. They said that most students have come from tough home situations or had not been successful at their previous schools. One boy said that he attended because he had not been making good grades in his previous school and wanted to go to medical school, so his parents sent him there. Both boys seemed to take pride in their required chores. They invited us to watch their football practice later in the evening and seemed proud to represent their school in athletics, too. (We intended to ride through the campus the next morning, but were so eager to be on our way, we didn’t think about it until we were several miles down the road. We wish that we had.)

French Camp B&B
French Camp B&B
Redbud Room at French Camp B&B
Redbud Room at French Camp B&B

We had dinner at the Council House Cafe, also part of the French Camp complex. After dinner we enjoyed sitting outside and talking with a fellow guest about his trip down the Trace by motorcycle. Breakfast the next morning was a treat–eggs, ham, biscuits, a muffin, strawberries, coffee, and juice! French Camp B&B is in our pampering category for bed and breakfast establishments!

4 thoughts on “Cycling the Natchez Trace: Day 3

  1. Wow…..I am so envious and impressed with you two!. What incredible memories. And you are a terrific writer too. Keep it up. Love y’all.

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