After the first hour today it turned into the best riding day I have ever had! The first hour was getting out of New Orléans and going north back to Mississippi. Once in Mississippi I changed the setting on the Nav system from fastest to scenic  and got off the interstate and on to the back roads. I’m sure it cost me an extra hour of riding but it was worth it.

The Mississippi River at Vicksburg

The Mississippi River at Vicksburg

Todays ride ended at the Vicksburg National Military Park. This is the location of one of the longest battles of the Civil War. The reason was simple, if you control Vicksburg you control passage on the Mississippi River. The park is one of the most beautiful places I have been. It is a well planned out park with a winding tour road that takes about an hour to drive. Instead of going into a lot of details I will suggest you go to their website at http://www.nps.gov/vick.

A 42 lb cannon where it overlooked the river.

A 42 lb cannon where it overlooked the river.

The Ironclad Cairo which was found 10 miles upriver from the battle site.

The Ironclad Cairo which was found 10 miles upriver from the battle site.