Out of bed early, we still did not leave the hotel until mid morning.  Leaving Natchez, MS, Ricardo and I pointed the bikes toward the Natchez Trace Parkway.  This scenic and historical parkway leads you 444 miles throught three states and hundreds of years of American history.  Today we rode almost 300 miles to Tupelo, MS.

Along the way we stopped several times for rest and refreshments.  Then most interesting stop was in French Camp, MS at Leonard's grocery, where we met the manager, Minna and a delightful young man, Drew Guillette.  Already bitten by the "travel bug" Drew visited Italy last summer and now hopes to visit Costa Rica some day.  Minna, originally from Staten Island, NY, served us a great Bar B Que sandwich for a late lunch.  Tonight I will post a photograph of Ricardo, Minna and Drew so you can see the nice folks we meet along the way.

Ahh, Tupelo, MS, the birthplace and early home of Elvis Presley.  And of course Ricardo had to visit, have his photograph taken and even sit in the swing on the front porch.  And Chuck ?  I was the tour guide and photographer.

Tonight we have checked into a nice La Quinta and Ricardo is once again in the pool. Later tonight, a dinner of turnip greens and pinto beans.  Monday, a 240 mile ride to Nashville, TN, the home of The Grand Ole Opry and a visit to Ryman Auditorum, the old brick church that became the first home of the Opry.  And of course, a stop at my old "hangout", Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.