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The Natchez Trace
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I've been wanting to tour for years. While I've accumulated much of the gear, still a bit short in the conditioning dept. Planning for the NT sometime in October. It seems to be good starter route light traffic and well supported. The plan is self supported 30-40 mi/day camping and b&b mix to conserve funds. Any suggestions appreciated.

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I have done the Natchez Trace before and yes the traffic is light on there. I also camped out and was self sufficient. I think camping is the best way to go. However, if you have a rainy day you will want to stay in a b&b or hotel to dry your stuff out. It is also a good trip for a beginner. I will see if I can dig up some old photos and send them to you. OK.

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I have a friend that rode it last year from Nashville down. He is traveling abroad right now as he retired last month. But I'm sure that he can get a lot of the information you are looking for. Don is not a racer, but is a good recreational rider. I'm not sure when he is returning. He is the president of the Greenville Spinners. You can email him at the Greenville Spinners website under "Contact Us."

www.greenvillespinners.org/content.aspx?page_id=4&club_id=296060

His name is Don and is listed as the Spinners President.



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www.phred.org/~alex/kenkifer/www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/touring/index.htm
www.crazyguyonabike.com/search/?query=natchez+trace&main_type=all
If you search for specific locations, I'm sure you'll find a lot more trips.

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I am racing in the inaugural Natchez Trace 444 beginning October 2, 2015. The field is limited to 50 entrants.
www.overthetop.bike/route-files/

George Thomas is a great race director.

Tim

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I am racing in the inaugural Natchez Trace 444 beginning October 2, 2015. The field is limited to 50 entrants.
www.overthetop.bike/route-files/

George Thomas is a great race director.

Tim
-- posted by tojesky
Tim, are you racing solo or with a team?

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Solo. I'm so slow it takes time lapse photograph to prove I'm actually climbing.

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FMoaB: I with ya!! I climb at glacial speeds, but watch out on the downhills!! I'm like a runaway..... beertruck.. You won't have too many hills, especially after you head south of the Tennessee River.

There's a very good book about the Trace (I'll try to find the title and post), it's valuable as it details where supplies are off the Trace. There are almost no places for food or drinks on the Trace itself, and other than around Jackson, MS, its very low traffic. I've ridden all of it in sections, but never at one time, I'm very jealous of Tojesky..

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My wife and I road the trace with 3 other riders a number of years ago, north to south. The B&Bs and hotels were way off of the trace. Some as many as 15 miles.

It was a great ride except near Jackson MS. the traffic was very heavy and there was no shoulder.

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www.natcheztracetravel.com/biking-the-trace/water-and-markets.html

www.natcheztracetravel.com/natchez-trace-parkway-camping.html
www.nps.gov/natr/planyourvisit/upload/Campgrounds-2-2015.pdf

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posted 5/6/2015
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www.natcheztracetravel.com/biking-the-trace/water-and-markets.html

www.natcheztracetravel.com/natchez-trace-parkway-camping.html
www.nps.gov/natr/planyourvisit/upload/Campgrounds-2-2015.pdf

-- posted by maschwab


Thanks for the links. I've been in touch with Natchez Trace Travel. Great folks. They put together a great itinerary based on my preferences, pretty much a credit card tour. I'm planning on camping more than B&B.
I picked this as my first tour because it's relatively flat and there's great water availability. Another plus is I can almost afford it. Ideally I can have a leisurely ride, I'm allocating 10 days hopefully no need for rest days. Worst case I can book a refundable bail out flight ahead of time. For me it's a matter of go ride before my body quits on me. My "reasoning" is if I can ride a hilly fully supported 150 miles in 2 days, I can ride an UNsupported 440 miles in 10 days. We'll see.
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