MO2NO Picture Post, Day 6

Day 6 was the second full day on the Natchez Trace.  It was originally planned to be a long ride, but since I went 30 miles further on day 5 than I’d planned, it was a fairly short ride.

The ride south through Mississippi runs the story of the Choctaw and Chickasaw backward.  Over a period of a little over 40 years, they were pressured to sign a series of nine treaties, each one pushing them further north, until in 1830 they gave up the last of their land and were forced to go to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears.  Here’s a marker commemorating one of the early treaties.

Shortly after this, I had my first sighting of the Pearl River on the trip.  My sister lives in Pearl River, Louisiana, and the next several days I would be riding parallel to the course of the river itself.  It’s dammed in central Mississippi, forming the Ross Barnett Reservoir*.  Here is my first view of the Pearl River, at the head of the reservoir.

A beautiful place, despite who it’s named after.  Not far from here the Trace reaches Ridgeland, a suburb of the capital, Jackson.  I’d ridden this stretch a couple of times before in the Natchez Trace Century.  Flat and nicely paved.  The next day I would leave the trace and head south toward Louisiana.
*Ross Barnett was governor of Mississippi during the civil rights era.  A quote: “The Negro is different because God made him different to punish him.”

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