Two wheels, two lanes.
Mississippi is so much more than most folks realize...here's a small sampling of that:
>>>Finally some updated pictures....fresh from the ride...enjoy!
The old train depot, turned into Chamber of Commerce, in Wiggins.
Truss bridge on Highway 26 eastbound toward Lucedale.
Old farmhouse on Highway 29 southbound, heading toward New Augusta.
Riding into the sun in Stone County.
Under the new Bay St. Louis bridge
Looking out over the bay from Henderson Point
Cruising along Hwy 90, eastbound through Pass Christian
A gratuitous shot of me and my new scoot on the beach in Long Beach
This little place was in Angie, LA...just north of Bogalusa. Really neat little 'one horse' town.
And further up the road is a little community called Sandy Hook, MS. Not much here, except for this old fillin' station.
Unfortunately...a few bugs were killed during the making of these posts.
Brookhaven, MS is a really neat town...and if you're in the market to relocate...
...it's a 'Home Seekers Paradise.' I'm not sure what that means...but it is cool anyway. The old buildings are really something and the town is very rich in history. At least, I assume it is...it looks like it anyway.
A gratuitous shot of the bike in Brookhaven.
Going eastbound on Hwy 84, heading towards Monticello, MS. We have the biggest skies down here...
Monticello, MS is another neat little town. Not spectacular, nothing really here to draw in the masses. I think that is why I like it. It's real, true small town USA. Nothing fake to draw in the out of towners in their oversized SUV's and minivans, cameras and goofy shirts and sandals. Just small town people living their lives.
Southbound on Hwy 587, I just can't pass this place up without stopping to pay my respects(yes the bike's on the wrong side of the road...it was an impromptu photo op, what can I say!). One neat thing to note, I saw signs that someone is building a motorcycle stop/shop right behind this place (to the north)...for road weary bikers to take a break and spend the money they didn't spend up the road in Monticello!
I can still smell the white lightning brewing...
Red Bluff in Marion County. Notice theshiny spot in theupper right side of the picture and it should give you some idea of the scale of this.The picture below is looking out over the edge (toward the east).
It is always a pleasure riding to Red Bluff.
Although on this day I decided to ride past the bluff (north) and found another great reason the county or state decided to close this road...wait...this just in...it was actually mother nature that decided to close this road!
I thought this was neat...right before I turned onto Hwy 13 southbound in Columbia, MS...I saw this rainbow. No pot of gold...this time.
Just outside of Raymond, MS.
The Raymond Courthouse and Confederate Monument...neat. From what I've heard...this place is haunted.
If you saw the movie O Brother Where Art Thou, you'll recognize this. It was the last scene of the movie when the old man is driving the rail car toward the bridge and the little girl stops to look at him. Thewooden bridgehas since been replaced by this more modernone. Too bad the buildings are all dilapidated....otherwise it could be a real neat town to visit. It is in Edwards, MS, just west of Jackson.
Leaving the Natchez Trace at I-20 west of Jackson.
Tommy Johnson, born in Terry, MS and raised in Crystal Springs and Robert Johnson born in Hazelhurst, MSwere both credited with selling their souls to the devil in exchange for the ability to play the guitar and compose music. The two are not related, ironically. Tommy lived to see 60, but Robert died a very mysterious death at age 27. Both were very influential in the music industry. Mississippi is mother to a variety of other very famous musicians, as well including: B.B. King, Faith Hill, Leeann Rimes, R.L. Burnside and a fella known as Elvis Presley.
Hwy 15 southbound, south of Laurel.
The old man in the tree is 'Father Nature'. He can be seen in Little Black Creek Water Park, just south of Columbia.***Update on this one- 'Father Nature' has been cut down to preserve the sculpture (the tree had been topped, probably by a storm) and he currently sits at the ranger's office at the entrance.***
This is Hwy 13 going north, just out of Lumberton. On the left is a very large pecan grove/ cattle pasture. Something about the way the trees are lined up, any time of year it is beautiful to see.
This is the town square/ city hall clock tower in Columbia. What you can't see in the picture is the really cool old time main street with the inlaid brick roadway that ispeeking out fromunder the asphault. Hopefully the city will tear out that asphault and restore the brick surface. That is how it was done years ago...thousands of bricks, laid individually by skilled workers. There's just no craftsmanship like that anymore.***Another update- New asphalt covers the road...oh well...maybe someone in the future will recognize the historical and aesthetic significance. But for now, the road is fine to ride on...smooth as silk.
This is a covered bridge in Iuka, MS. Although it looks old, it is actually a modern structure that connects a residential neighborhood to a huge city park. Iuka's a cool little town...I need to post some more pics of it...hmmm, maybe another road trip?
Dunn's Falls. The building is an old grist mill. All of the gears are still in place and you can even go inside and walk around. Water still flows through the box channel and over the water wheel.
Dunn's Falls is a few miles south of Meridean, just off of I-59. Although small, this place is very neat and well worth the visit. The fallsflow into the Chunky River.
Hwy 29 in Perry County, south of New Augusta.
Hwy 13, north of Lumberton.
Small sand bar and river crossing south of Columbia on Hwy 43.
Hwy 43 in Pearl River County, north of Hwy 26.
I took this picture in a Dogwood forest along the Natchez Trace, somewhere near Tupelo. My wife liked the perspective, so I'm sharing it with you.
A cloudy sunset somewhere along a country road...I liked the way the trees contrasted the sky.
And of course...I can't leave out some gratuitous shots of my ride:
Ain't she pretty?!?
I've been pretty busy lately and have neglected the page for the last few months...that's about to change and I'll be adding more pictures and Mississippi routes soon...so check back often and take a look. Let me know how you like the routes andshare some of your own. I'm always interested in finding new places to ride and to ride to.
*Don't leave without signing my guestbook and telling me what you think about my rides. I'd love to hear your feedback! Don't forget to tell me where you're from! Thanks! ~ JD
strato1900 has been a member of our motorcycle community for 9 years, 280 days. strato1900's home location for riding is South Mississippi. Since becoming a member, strato1900 has racked up 40 road reputation points!
Hey Strato1900, like your page and photos. I'm a native Mississippian too. Retired and love to ride when ever possible. 2004 Honda GL1800 wing.
Sun Jun 8, 2008 at 7:38 PM
Strato, great pictures and info. Live down near the gulfcoast in west central florida, little town called Land O'Lakes.
Mon Jul 21, 2008 at 9:55 AM
Great photos and story. Enjoyed it.
Fri Oct 31, 2008 at 2:48 PM
Strato. Great pics and descriptions. I'm from SE Georgia. I'm part of a little group who love to ride. We make trips up to the NC mountains. I have a post on one and am working on another. It'll be warm soon!!
Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 11:19 AM
hey bro....very nice ride and awsome pictures. Gives me some ideas for the next ride. Im from Charlotte, NC. I'll post some more soon. Keep riding and posting! Dave
Mon Feb 23, 2009 at 1:21 PM
Great Pics Bratha! I love living through you guys although chained to: a day job / a battle ax / kids / ect.
Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 6:13 PM
Great pics, keep 'em coming. I want to hear and see more!
Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 3:03 PM
Great pics, looks to have been a great trip.
Seez ya on the road
Tue Sep 8, 2009 at 5:14 AM
Thanks Strato1900, came down to help several guys I work with after Hurricane Katrina/Rita. Just bought used 02 Honda GL1800 and plan on riding over to look at a couple areas that you posted pictures of. Be safe on the highway!
Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 6:29 PM
Loved the pics, brings back memories of one of my favorite rides. Brooklyn NY, Tenn Smoky Mountains, Florida panhandle,Alabama, Biloxi, N.O., Natchez, Natchez Trace, Nashville, and back to Brooklyn. Mississippi was by far my favorite...beautiful country, friendly people, and GREAT FOOD.
Wed May 19, 2010 at 8:39 AM
Nice pics and wall, it's just a shame you gave up the Stratoliner for a Harley, lol. I had to throw that in. Enjoy your summer and I hope you have a lot more enjoyable rides. Post more great pics.
Sat Jul 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM
Strato1900, i made a quick stop on your page. Just trying to figure out the new site set up!! It's killing me....
Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:36 PM
I love your pictures! I'm in central MS. May I suggest a trip to Onward, MS to the Onward Store, to D'Lo where the siren scene from O Brother Where Art Thou was filmed, and to Merit, MS to Rials Creek. These are all very interesting and picturesque areas I think you would enjoy.
Wed May 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM