, June 28, 2013 The morning was sunny again, hot and humid, we had a #11 spot to take off, Matt and Ken heading south after going down back roads and circling around a couple of times and finding a different car in front, or in back, for a time,it was confusing, but that was what they planned to have us do. They spent some time driving on the Natchez Trace. This is a new road, opening the woods, among redbuds and white blossoms of dogwoods, and Magnolias curving about under a cool evergreen cover For miles no power lines or billboards. Just trees, rocks, water, brush and a road. The New Trace, like a river, following natural contours and giving focus to the land;
The New Trace goes from Natchez to Nashville and was the main return route for the Ohio Valley traders who, rather than fight the Mississippi currents, sold their flatboats and walked home via the Old Trace.They had a very pretty drive, like going through a tunnel of trees and vegetation.
This is where Matt and Ken stopped for lunch.
Jim and I also had a nice drive. We had to drive the highway and were not allowed to go on the Trace. I would like to come back sometime and take a leisurely drive all the way on the Trace. But we also had a highway that was dotted with Magnolia Trees in bloom. Mississippi was really very pretty too. I am not sure what I was expecting but it was surprising just how pretty places like Jackson, and Natchez, MS are. Just a bit to humid for me.
The Guys had a long day and are getting tired, but are still up to the challenge. They turned in a time of 0.28 ; 0.51 ; 1.21 ; 2.00 ; 5.00 with placement for the day of 74th. As you can see the later in the day, the harder it is to stay focused. This is what this Race is all about, a challenge of a Vintage Car and the Driver and Navigator to stay focused, and work as a team, after 8 days, it starts to take it's toll, with 2 more days left...I know that our Team will be up to the challenge.
When they arrived in Baton Rouge, we received a warm welcome, and were pleased to find that the reception was inside, in the air conditioning. We are staying at the Belle of Baton Rouge on the river. It is a nice place, with a large atrium in the center.
The first thing we did when we got inside was to sit down and have a COLD drink with fellow racers, Frank and Linda.
We decided to go to dinner at Shucks on the River. Oysters on the half shell, a Steak, potatoes and Broccoli was on Matt's plate, I had a hamburger, Jim had Cat fish, Ken had Shrimp Alfredo and Bob had a Sea Food Sampler that was piled with Cat Fish, Shrimp, Fried Oysters and french fries. This was really good and a big change from the Pulled Pork, Hot Dogs, and Baked Beans that had been the staple for several days. Just remember Gentlemen.....TO FINISH IS TO WIN!!!!