The other day Eric and I were discussing options for a day ride. I really like having a goal whether it's a destination, location, viewpoint, whatever. It just so happens I have an official State of Mississippi map on my desk and it identifies a number of activities, places, things, etc. that can be done in Mississippi. One of those things is the Mississippi Blues Trail.
The Mississippi Blues Trail (Wiki) was created by the Mississippi Blues Commission in 2006 to place interpretive markers at the most notable historical sites related to the birth, growth, and influence of the blues throughout (and in some cases beyond) the state of Mississippi. Within the state the trail extends from the Gulf Coast north along several highways to (among other points) Natchez, Vicksburg, Jackson, Leland, Greenwood, Clarksdale, Tunica, Grenada, Oxford, Columbus, and Meridian. The largest concentration of markers is in the Mississippi Delta, but other regions of the state are also commemorated. Several out-of-state markers have also been erected where blues with Mississippi roots has had significance, such as Chicago.
Well that sounds like a great challenge. There are over 200 sites with interpretive markers. We took a look at the web page MSBluesTrail and Eric sorted out a loop route that would get us eight markers and lunch! Hopefully, we can continue our hunt and eventually collect all the markers.
On Thursday morning we readied the scooters, donned our gear and headed out to collect Blues markers. There were two markers in Tupelo so our first stop was at the Tupelo Visitor's Center where we scored the marker Shake Rag.
Our next stop was Elvis Presley Birthplace (surprised?) It was so pleasant to stop there on a Thursday morning in the fall. I think we saw four other people. Usually it is pretty busy with peeps. We easily located the Elvis Presley Marker. Elvis Sings the Blues
That was it for Tupelo. Our next stop was the Pontotoc town square. Eric had made a route that took us on very small, rural roads. Mostly two laners, some one laners and some questionable, lol. Very fun. Beautiful, sunny day with temps in the mid-seventies and virtually no traffic. Lots of time to gawk at things and just have fun on the scooters.
Calhoun County Blues Listen to Leo "Bud" Welch