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Overnight: The Natchez Trace runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee


Image from the video: Blacktop Chronicles: Natchez Trace from Whippoorwill Hollow Films on Vimeo.

The Natchez Trace runs, as the post title says, from Natchez, Mississippi, on the Mississippi River itself, to just south of Nashville, Tennessee. It's 444 miles long and is, itself, a national park, administed by the National Park Service. It is a limited access highway with a maximum speed of 50 miles per hour. Since no commercial traffic is permitted and there are few gas stations (I actually know of only one which closed down a few years - I'm not sure if there are any further north), the big RVs seldom travel it. In fact, except for certain stretches few vehicles travel it at all because it's only two lanes, the speed limit is strictly enforced, it is poorly or not at all lit, and the woods are full of deer and other animals.

I love it.

Because of the danger of hitting a deer at night, I travel it very slowly and stop often just to be in the middle of the Mississippi wilderness.

I looked at one video which was a time lapse of the entire trace and, as time lapses do, the entire distance was covered in a matter of minutes, giving you the impression you were traveling at 100 mph. Nothing could be further from the actual experience. The trace is for taking your time and savoring.


Oh, here is the Wikipedia entry about the historical trace.

Note: this beautiful road / national park would not have been built without the backing of Franklin Delano Roosevelt - FDR: Another wiki..

Blacktop Chronicles: Natchez Trace from Whippoorwill Hollow Films on Vimeo.


Afternoon-Evening Links



Patrick Stewart Wants to Ban Strollers in Park Slope

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

The Oldest Living Things in the World

36 Unexpected Origins Of Everyday British Phrases

Going the Distance in North Korea

Train Nearly Takes Out Senator During Safety Press Conference

Rebel Group Frees French Journalists Kidnapped in Syria

Smart Key, Pretty Dumb (Shades of 'Hal')


Republicans Are Plagiarizing from Plagiarist Rand Paul


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Republicans are plagiarizing from plagiarist Sen. Rand Paul (via FreakOutNation)

If you plagiarize from a plagiarist, then I guess you’re a super-duper plagiarist. Rand Paul lifted a speech in November straight from Wikipedia then tried to disappear any trace of his plagiarism. And now at least 8 Republicans have been found to…


Sunday Links



America Before Pearl Harbor - Early Kodachrome Images

Supreme Court Justice Commits Sedition By Telling People to Revolt Over Income Taxes

An Idahoan shows Bundy what a real Western rancher is

Ukraine crisis: US boots on the ground in Poland is an option, Hagel says (+video)

Women From Koch-Funded Conservative Groups Lambaste Equal Pay Measure

U.S. Airways: We’re Not Firing Staffer Who Tweeted Toy Plane Porn

This Map Shows Just How Quickly America Has Embraced Marijuana

With One Speech Elizabeth Warren Terrifies the Koch Brothers and The Supreme Court


Sunday Talkers


Image: Arseniy Yatsenyuk via Getty Images

Please read about this week's Sunday talk show talkers on Politico.


Overnight: A Beautiful Spring Day in Jackson, Mississippi



Something which has always astonished me is how people seem to think they know places they've never been or have just visited briefly. In the US, people seem to think they 'know' Mississippi because they've seen Mississippi Burning (about events which took place 50 years ago this spring) yet have never visited the state, know no one who lives here or has even visited.

Their 'knowledge' nearly always consists of films or television reports they've seen and little else.

It is not just Mississippi. People who have never been in Los Angeles but have seen numerous tv reports which feature Muscle Beach in Venice have sworn to me they know exactly what life is like there. Have they ever been to the LA Museum of Art? Well, no. To the Getty? Well, no. To Will Rogers State Park? Well, no. Their 'knowledge' is all second-hand.

This afternoon we had a wonderful spring day and I thought I would show you what my Mississippi looked like just a few hours ago.


Outrage Over Obamacare Is Nothing Compared With FDR’s New Deal


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Outrage Over Obamacare Is Nothing Compared With FDR’s New Deal (via Moyers & Company)

Every baby step toward guaranteeing American working people a minimum of economic security with new social insurance programs has been greeted with howls of horror and outrage — and predictions that the end of the Republic is near. Every new addition…