We purchased the Guide To The Natchez Trace Parkway, a complete milepost guide which lists all of the mile posts and description of points. This proved to be a valuable tool. The park service puts out a map which lists the mile posts but is not as detailed as the guide. With the park map, milepost, and Atlases of Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee we hit the road with no real itinerary.
Mount Locust Inn and Plantation is a nice stop. It provided a sort of "bed and breakfast" for travelers between Natchez and Nashville. It's only about 15 miles up the Trace and an easy drive from Natchez.
We stopped at Davis Lake for two nights. Its about five miles off the Trace. It is a wonderful campground with waterfront sites. We had a nice site right on the water.
We got off the trace and took a loop through the country side and came upon this mass destruction in Smithville, Alabama.
I learned that an F-5 Tornado has passed through the area on April 27 around 3:45 in the afternoon. It is a small town of 857 residents. Most of the homes were destroyed and 15 out of 16 business were also destroyed. When I came upon this, I had flash backs of the some of the damage I worked on in Normal, Oklahoma where an F-5 pass through in the mid 90's. I can really feel for these folks and wish them a speedy recovery.
We headed back to Davis Lake and will back track a little tomorrow and head to Red Bay, Alabama to the Tiffin Motor Home factory for a factory tour. I've been to the Born Free factory in Iowa (Class C) but have never been to a large Class A factory. This ought to be interesting. Joel will be like a kid in a candy shop.