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Travels With Our 59 Tradewind

Posted 05-10-2009 at 07:32 AM by gypsygirl1

DAY 104 - Tue May 5
Warm and very muggy....
Rolling by 9:30AM, saying goodbye to The Big Easy -- heading US11N to I-59N to Hattiesburg Mississippi. We passed a yard full of what looked like FEMA trailers just outside Purvis. There had to be hundreds, if not thousands of trailers there. We wondered what they'll do with all those trailers!!! We made a left at US98 towards Natchez to start the Natchez Trace, but the weather changed our minds, and we decided to catch it at Jackson instead. We took Road13N from Columbia to catch US49 to Jackson MS. Once on US49, we encountered a brief, but terrible storm -- the wind was blowing branches and other debris on the highway, and rain was torrential. Almost to Jackson, we found our way (via the GPS) to Swinging Bridge RV Park at Byram, but they were full. They explained that they have many pipeline workers staying there as there is a pipeline going in there. The manager told us about Timberlake Campground at Ross Barnett Reservoir at Brandon, and so we found our way there. It's a much nicer park than the other one, and were able to take us for a night. The park is situated on the reservoir, and has many mature trees, paved lots with grass side yards, great showers, full hookup (no cable), great wifi and all for only $22/night.
We set up and made dinner, and just after dinner, about 8:30PM, we had a major hail storm hit us. It was brief, but the hail hitting the trailer was deafening! We were worried about the astrodome, but no damage, thankfully.
DAY 105 - Wed May 6
Warm and very humid - hi's in the 80's.
The news says thunderstorms and tornado watches today, all in our path of travel. We decided to stay another night, and hope for better weather tomorrow. We took a drive around Brandon and Ross Barnett Reservoir and saw another storm headed our way. We stopped briefly to snap a couple of pictures, and then high-tailed it back to the trailer. The storm looked like a wall of water heading for us. Big storm, lots of rain.
DAY 106 - Thu May 7
Warm and muggy again - hi 85.
No storms in the forecast, but just scattered showers in our path of travel.
Packed up and rolling by 9:30AM -- caught the Natchez Trace Parkway (no commercial vehicles allowed, 50mph speed limit) just outside our campground and headed towards Tupelo. It was a very nice drive, and we stopped at one of the visitor centers where we met a 90-year-old lady who volunteers there only one day a month. The other days in the month she volunteers at the mission in town. We had a very nice conversation with her and continued on the Trace to Tupelo. We stopped for lunch in Tupelo at Boondocks and enjoyed a great bbq rib lunch. We left the Trace and got on US45N (The Rockabilly Highway) to Jackson Tennessee. We arrived about 5:30PM, and a man at the gas station gave us directions to Whispering Pines RV Park. It's a very old, small park just outside Jackson. Not much there, not even bathrooms, although they do have a shower and a laundry. We booked for two nights, full hookup, for $22/night.
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