The local weather report indicated Tuesday, December 29 might be our only opportunity for a scooter ride before the rain set in. With that in mind, Eric planned a route that would get us three more Mississippi Blues Trail (MBT) markers. Since the days are short this time of year our route would only take us about 170 miles. We made an early lunch and were out of the house by 12:30 pm riding along in beautiful blue skies but somewhat chilly temperatures. Unlike all the other bikes I've ridden on the street, my little Honda ADV 150 doesn't have any wind protection so you basically get blasted in the chest and shoulders with the cold wind. We did add hand guards and I have heated grips so that helps a bit and I did have my grips on the entire ride, lol.
Our route was not particularly scenic or interesting and for the most part we stayed on two lane county highways with a 55 mph speed limit. No problems, the scoots are quite capable of holding the 55 mph speed limit. Well, except for hills ... the scooters slow down a bit and we have to crank the throttle wide open, hahahaha. Good fun 😄
We passed through several small towns that we've visited before on our MBT adventures but didn't stop. We had a goal of reaching Ashland, MS for our first MBT marker. About 75 miles into our ride we cruised into Ashland, a tiny burg boasting a population of around 500. The Town Square Courthouse building now hosts a museum and the grounds were nicely decorated for the Holiday Season.
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Yes, we really did ride our scooters! The sky here was ominous but never rained and cleared up as we returned toward Tupelo.Holly Springs, MS. There is a beautiful Court House at the Town Square.
Unlike Ashland, Holly Springs is vibrant with many businesses located all around the square. Some empty spaces but lots of renovation going on and a number of boutiques dot the square. Many of the buildings have a New Orleans vibe.
We quickly located the Hill Country Blues marker.
Time for us to head home. A straight shot on Hiway 178 but we encountered an obstacle! The road was CLOSED! Dang, a detour at this point would get us home after dark and I wasn't too excited about riding the little ADV150 on dark county highways!