Tobacco Farm Overlook

Cycling the Natchez Trace: Day 7

Today was a great day of riding, more hills, more cyclists, and 73 miles!  The countryside was beautiful.

Yellow field and farm
Yellow field and farm

Glenrock Branch rest stop (Milepost 364.5)
Glenrock Branch rest stop (Milepost 364.5)

We got off the Trace at Milepost 380.9 to find lunch. There was supposed to be a restaurant just a quarter of the mile away. The restaurant turned out to be a KOA campground trading post! But, lucky for us, it served really good hamburgers. It seems that the Trading Post is where everyone around comes for lunch! While we waited, we talked with an older couple who lived nearby. They told us that we should stay to see the local Amish community; they showed us a brochure that explained about the Amish and said that 250 Amish families live in the area. Then, they told us of an elephant sanctuary nearby, but said that it was not open to the public. The elephant preserve is for elephants that have been retired from circuses. Then, John, from Franklin, TN came in; he owns a nearby farm. John was very curious about our trip and asked lots of questions. He told us about living in Franklin and what a great place it is to live.

KOA Trading Post with great hamburgers!
KOA Trading Post with great hamburgers!

Meriweather Lewis’ gravesite is at Milepost 385.9. We stopped to see the reconstructed cabin where he spent his last evening and visited the gravesite. He was only 35 years old when he died! He had accomplished a lot in those years!

Recreated cabin where Meriweather Lewis died.
Recreated cabin where Meriweather Lewis died in 1809.
Meriweather Lewis gravesite
Meriweather Lewis gravesite

At Milepost 401.4, we stopped at a “historical site” with a tobacco farm. The only thing that was really there was an old tobacco barn and part of the Old Trace that you could drive (gravel again, so we avoided it). The views from the hilltop were nice, so we stopped for a rest and a snack.

Tobacco Barn
Tobacco Barn

The Gordon House historic site is located at Milepost 407.7. Again, we stopped to take a look. The Gordon House was boarded up, but is interesting in that is was built in 1818.

Gordon House historic site
Gordon House historic site

We rode on to Fly, TN! Technically, Fly is only 29 miles from the end of the parkway, but since we parked at Garrison Creek, we planned to stop in Fly and get a good night’s rest, then ride to the end and back to the car, which was going to add extra miles to the next days’ ride. We were so glad that we did! We stayed at Creekview Farm Retreat and what a retreat it was! Creekview is another beautiful, pampering bed and breakfast! Misty met us at the top of the driveway and showed us to the B&B. As it turned out, we were the only guests for the night, so we had the whole house to ourselves. The house is beautiful! When we called ahead to tell Misty that we were on our way and asked about dinner, she offered to let us clean up and take us to dinner. She said that she and her girls were going to Nett’s Country Store for dinner. Nett’s has a catfish and frog leg special on Friday nights! We asked if we could just tag along with them, which we did! What a wonderful and relaxing evening! Steve and I both had fried catfish, slaw, white beans, and hushpuppies. Yum! Yum! Yum! Nett had a whole list of homemade desserts that she had prepared. When I asked about the coconut cream pie, she commented that it would “be the best coconut cream pie I had ever eaten” and she was so right! Steve decided to try the pecan cobbler. It was like pecan pie, but in a cobbler. Again, fabulous! Our journey could not have ended any better! We are so appreciative to Misty for letting us hang out with them and for getting to experience the deliciousness of Nett’s! Cool place!

Creekview Farm Retreat B&B
Creekview Farm Retreat B&B
Front porch view from Creekview Farm Retreat
Front porch view from Creekview Farm Retreat
Living area at Creekview Farm Retreat
Living area at Creekview Farm Retreat
Dining area and kitchen at Creekview Farm Retreat
Dining area and kitchen at Creekview Farm Retreat
Nett's Country Store, Fly, TN
Nett’s Country Store, Fly, TN

After we got back to the B&B, we went out onto the screened porch, relaxed, and watched a million lightning bugs putting on an evening performance across the field. We could hear dogs barking and children playing outside in the dark, catching lightning bugs. It was so very peaceful. The next morning, Misty brought a bountiful breakfast of biscuits, eggs, grits, sausage, jellies, and fruit. Breakfast bliss!

 

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