December 23, 2015

The Natchez Trace and Tupelo

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a two-lane road which runs 444 miles (710 km) SSW from Nashville to Natchez MS. It is a National Park, and no commercial traffic is allowed. RVs are allowed, as long as they are not traveling commercially.

Crossing the Tennessee River on the Natchez Trace Parkway
Stop for lunch at one of the many parking areas along the Trace

We have traveled the Parkway several times in a southbound direction. It provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle on the Interstates, and at this time of year, it is almost deserted. Set the cruise control at 50 mph, keep the rig pointed down the road, sit back and enjoy the scenery. Deer are the only hazard to be alert for.

We are presently at Natchez Trace RV Park, which is at the halfway point. It is a privately-owned park, and we are here for three nights. Today is the birthday of the esteemed Navigator, and we will be dining out in Tupelo to commemorate the occasion.

Natchez Trace RV Park, near Tupelo. Here for three nights

I purchased diesel fuel yesterday in Tupelo, for $1.80 per US gallon, which with the exchange rate factored in, works out to CDN$0.62 per liter. These low fuel prices offset the unfavourable exchange rate for the Canadian dollar. Fuel is a major expense for us, and the cost savings pay a lot of the exchange.

We leave tomorrow to resume our journey to the southern terminus of the Trace, Natchez MS. Natchez is located on the Mississippi River, and is across the bridge from Vidalia, LA, which is where we will be staying for two nights, including Christmas Day.

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