Mississippi Meanderings

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by BigStu, Sep 24, 2021.

  1. BigStu

    BigStu Been here awhile

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    I thought I would start a thread about my ramblings around South Mississippi on my bikes "Lucille" is a 2017 Honda CRF250L. My son Casey also has one and we explore the backroads and gravel in SW Mississippi. And "Marie Laveau" is a 2002 Honda VTX 1800 that the wife and I use for day trips.

    The wife and I had a chance to ride today. The weather was blue skies and cool temps so we fired up "Marie Laveau" and headed for Laurel MS on hwy 84. We stopped for lunch at Pit Masters BBQ in Laurel and the ribs were excellent. 20210924_113631.jpg 20210924_111405.jpg the beans and greens were good also.
    After lunch we headed to Hellfighters Motorcycle Shop. If you ever get close to Laurel MS it is worth the trip. They sell used bikes and have over a hundred in stock. 20210924_114844.jpg
    20210924_115810.jpg 20210924_115814.jpg They also have accessories for you your wife and bike. They have also added a gun shop 20210924_121145.jpg They have a Huge inventory of used Harley parts and a very knowledgeable man (Benji) 20210924_121213.jpg 20210924_121224.jpg to oversee the "Swap Shop"
    After getting the wife some riding gloves and a Tee Shirt for a friend we headed towards the house the long way. Stopped in Hot Coffee MS for a picture and unfortunately the store was closed 20210924_132206.jpg 20210924_132241.jpg We the proceeded to head west on a back road until we hit hyw 35 where we turned north to Mize MS. We then turned west on hwy 28 and followed it to Georgetown MS. We then headed south on hwy 27 toward Monticello MS but decided to detour through Sontag MS where we stopped for some gas and a cold drink at a small country store. (Sorry no pic) After filling up when headed for home on Nola road. It was a beautiful day and I am glad my wife talked me in to closing the shop today and spending it with her and Marie Laveau.
    Until the next ride keep the rubber side down.
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    Enjoyed the ride report. I go through those parts on my way to and from the Appalacians. Good roads there - not overly curvy or twisty, but you can make some time and still have a nice ride.
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  3. BigStu

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    There are some really nice roads here. The National forest have some of the best gravel roads and the back country roads are fun on bigger bikes. Spring and fall are the best for riding and our winters are mild and short. Summer on the other hand can be brutal with our humidity.
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    Rode part of the Natchez Trace on my way over to the Ouachita and Ozark mountains last week. I thoroughly enjoyed all of Mississippi. I put a pin in the map to return and see more of it and Louisiana. Thanks for posting.
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    The Natchez Trace is a beautiful ride it the spring and fall
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    Nice waitress. :D

    I could spend all day in that bike shop. :clap
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    BigStu Been here awhile

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    @RedDogAlberta you could spend a week in the used parts department. All the bikes are used and have been gone through. They have the most extensive used parts selection that I have ever seen. The shop helps support "The Mission at the Cross". It is a rehabilitation facility for addicts that are bikers. They not only help with the addiction but will teach them a trade.
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    I noted the cross and message in one photo and wondered. Excellent work and good community citizens. We need more of that spirit everywhere.
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    Well the wife and I are going to do a little meandering on Marie Laveau this weekend. We are in Mountain View Arkansas and it should be a fun little trip. On Friday and Saturday nights they have live music in town, if you don't like what you are hearing just walk down the block. There are 6 or 7 different groups playing around the town. 20211008_200803.jpg 20211008_200900.jpg there are several places to eat around the town square. Even have an ice cream stand 20211008_202922.jpg we have a little one room cabin rented for our adventure base camp. 20211009_081631.jpg we are going to venture out soon for breakfast and a little Mountain road riding. I will post some more pics and updates tonight or tomorrow. I will say this so far this has been one of the nicest and friendliest towns I have ever visited.
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    We only rode about 100 mi. yesterday but it was some of the nicest/enjoyable roads. Lots of twistes and beautiful mountain scenery. 20211009_123001.jpg of course being tourist we had to do the obligated touristy things. A trip to Blanchard Springs Caverns (Cavern was closed due to covid) but the springhead was accessible 20211009_111722.jpg 20211009_111618.jpg Blanchard Springs Caverns is a State Park that would make a great family outing or camping trip (RV or tent) with plenty of scenery and creeks to play in 20211009_120453.jpg Blanchard Springs forms Mirror Lake with a water fall and fishing is allowed 20211009_113809.jpg 20211009_114736.jpg down stream from the waterfall are the remains of an old mill 20211009_114056.jpg 20211009_114108.jpg the ride to and from Blanchard Springs Caverns State Park is fabulous and this part of Arkansas is very biker friendly.
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    After Blanchard Springs we headed for the Ozark Folk Center. There local craftsmen and women exhibit there talents (I didn't take any pics) but I did enjoy the knife maker, blacksmith and broom maker. After the folk center we headed towards town for supper and the live music around the town square. Mountain View Arkansas is the folk music capital of the world. Sorry I have a few short videos but they won't load. As a friend told me before we came here "If you don't like the music they are playing go to the next corner until you find what you like." There is also a "Trike Rally" in town this weekend, this is one of many 20211008_181452.jpg as I was saying it is very bike friendly here. We are going to church this morning and then more exploring and I will try to do better with the pictures.
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    Rode to Harrison Arkansas today after church. Stopped at the Ferguson Store and Restaurant it was definitely a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ meal 20211010_125052.jpg 20211010_125031.jpg after lunch we we continued on to Harrison before returning to Mountain View a different route. Harrison Arkansas has a free map (870-741-1789 or ExplorerHarrison.com) 16339060614667543416834605057813.jpg it has 9 pre mapped rides that make loops with Harrison as the hub. It tells total mileage, curves, estimated ride time, gas stops and attractions. So if you are looking for a week or more of Ozark riding it would be a great place to start. On the way back to Mountain View we stopped by an old picnic area dedicated to the Farmers in the region 20211010_161058.jpg 20211010_160827.jpg 20211010_161019.jpg interesting stone tables and such. Sorry I didn't get more pictures of the beautiful mountain scenery but the roads are narrow and no place to pull over. If I ever figure out how to post gopro footage I will. The roads are nice (no pot holes) with plenty of turns and Osark mountain views.
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