MO2NO Day 5: Davis Lake to Kosciusko, MS

This was my first full day on the Natchez Trace. The Trace was a foot and horse path used in the early 19th century by traders, trappers, and settlers moving SW from Nashville, TN to Natchez, MS on the river. Parts of the old sunken road are still preserved, and the National Park Service maintains a two-lane highway along the entire route. It’s closed to commercial traffic, and there are historical markers, nature trails, and picnic spots every 5 miles or so the entire way.

This was supposed to be the second shortest day of the trip, as it’s only a little over 50 miles from Davis Lake to Jeff Busby campground. The latter is maintained by the National Park Service, and I was envisioning sybaritic delights. Pool? Sauna? Nightclub? What I wasn’t envisioning was that they wouldn’t even have showers. The prospect of sitting in my sweltering tent, covered with old sweat, while the rapidly approaching thunderstorms pounded the place just didn’t appeal to me. So, I decided to ride the 30 miles to the next town.

Kosciusko, MS is named for a Revolutionary War general from Poland, and is the birthplace of Oprah Winfrey. It’s also the home of a Days Inn that looked damn good after I’d come the last 3 miles in a heavy rain. Once I was showered, dry, and rested a bit, I wanted food. On the way in I’d seen a Mexican restaurant, and as the rain had let up, I walked over.

At last, a dining experience with no linguistic difficulties. The waiters and I understood each other completely. We were all speaking Spanish the entire time, and I didn’t detect a trace of Mississippi accent. I wound up eating an enormous platter of fajitas, and to my pleased surprise (on the web this county had been listed as dry), cerveza! Afterward I was so stuffed that I could only lie in bed and watch TV and digest.

Oh, and I called Hannah and sang “Happy Birthday” to her answering machine.

One Response to “MO2NO Day 5: Davis Lake to Kosciusko, MS”

  1. Reno says:

    I love that your first experience with easy communication happened in a foreign language.

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