Natchez, MS lunch, Baton Rouge, LA overnight

Trip Start Jun 19, 2013
Trip End Jul 02, 2013

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013     The morning was sunny again, hot and humid, we had a #11 spot to take off, Matt and Ken heading south after going down back roads and circling around a couple of times and finding a different car in front, or in back, for a time,it was confusing, but that was what they planned to have us do. They spent some time driving on the Natchez Trace. This is a new road, opening the woods, among redbuds and white blossoms of dogwoods, and Magnolias curving about under a cool evergreen cover For miles no power lines or billboards. Just trees, rocks, water, brush and a road. The New Trace, like a river, following natural contours and giving focus to the land; The New Trace goes from Natchez to Nashville and was the main return route for the Ohio Valley traders who, rather than fight the Mississippi currents, sold their flatboats and walked home via the Old Trace.They had a very pretty drive, like going through a tunnel of trees and vegetation.  This is where Matt and Ken stopped for lunch. 
Jim and I also had a nice drive.  We had to drive the highway and were not allowed to go on the Trace. I would like to come back sometime and take a leisurely drive all the way on the Trace.  But we also had a highway that was dotted with Magnolia Trees in bloom. Mississippi was really very pretty too. I am not sure what I was expecting but it was surprising just how pretty places like Jackson, and Natchez, MS are. Just a bit to humid for me.
The Guys had a long day and are getting tired, but are still up to the challenge. They turned in a time of 0.28 ; 0.51 ; 1.21 ; 2.00 ; 5.00  with placement for the day of 74th. As you can see the later in the day, the harder it is to stay focused. This is what this Race is all about, a challenge of a Vintage Car and the Driver and Navigator to stay focused, and work as a team, after 8 days, it starts to take it's toll, with 2 more days left...I know that our Team will be up to the challenge. 
When they arrived in Baton Rouge, we received a warm welcome, and were pleased to find that the reception was inside, in the air conditioning. We are staying at the Belle of Baton Rouge on the river. It is a nice place, with a large atrium in the center. The first thing we did when we got inside was to sit down and have a COLD drink with fellow racers, Frank and Linda. We decided to go to dinner at Shucks on the River. Oysters on the half shell, a Steak, potatoes and Broccoli was on Matt's plate, I had a hamburger, Jim had Cat fish, Ken had Shrimp Alfredo and Bob had a Sea Food Sampler that was piled with Cat Fish, Shrimp, Fried Oysters and french fries. This was really good and a big change from the Pulled Pork, Hot Dogs, and Baked Beans that had been the staple for several days. Just remember Gentlemen.....TO FINISH IS TO WIN!!!!
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Gail Wesson on

Was the taping for Great Race or TV? I like your blog line that to finish is to win. Forecast today in San Jacinto Valley... 110 degrees.

mammiegaga on

Sounds great, Vicki. Four of the girls with me are from Baton Rouge so they wondered if you were dying of the heat and humidity !!

mvmcwane on

Yes, my toes look like sausages...ankles are swelling to, it could be all the time spent in car traveling. We are having fun and enjoyed Baton Rouge, but only there for 1 night. Lots of stories to tell when you get home too. Loving your travel blog, makes me want to give France another try. Did not like Paris. People so rude.

mvmcwane on

The taping is for both. They put last years race on Hot Rod TV last March, Don't know when they will put this on. The Announcer is also host for Hot Rod TV. "Mr. Motor Mouth" is his name. Thank you Gail. Hope it cools down some before we get home, but I will take that over this humidity.

Lori Brass on

Thank you so much for the wonderful blog. It makes it so we all feel like we did not have to miss the experience. All we have to do is come here and read everyday, and look at pictures to know Dad is having the time of his life, thanks to people like yourself, and all the others involved in the running of this race, he gets to have the time of his life. We are all so happy for him to get to have this experience! Thank you!

John and Candy Lange on

Vicki... you know the sad thing is being the blogger and narrator and photographer ... we don't get to see many pictures of you... and I guess since Bob is the mechanic, he's probably trying to figure out how to stream line the car for the next days leg of the race.... still looks like one heck of an adventure... thanks for all the updates....

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