We got a nice early start on our trip Wednesday morning. The past few years we made two long days to Houston stopping at a Wal-Mart in Jackson, TN for our overnight.
This year we decided to take three days and have a more relaxing drive down the Natchez Trace Parkway which starts about 15 miles West of Nashville and goes 450 miles to Natchez, MS.
http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm is a good site to view maps and information on the parkway. The cool thing is there are no stop signs or traffic lights for the entire distance. And at this time of year there is virtually no traffic. The speed limit is 50 mph but we averaged about 55. The Trace ends in the town of Natchez. There are 3 free campgrounds that are nicely spaced along the way. We overnighted at Meriwether Lewis Campground on Wed. night near the start of the Trace.
We arrived early enough to visit the NP visitor center and take a walking tour around town seeing some of the grand old mansions.
Friday we will head to visit my Cousin in Houston.