4321 Miles, 18 States, 1 Saddlesore 1000 – Summer 2009

In the morning, I rode around Natchez and did a bit of sightseeing.

Beautiful home in Nachez MS
Beautiful southern home in Natchez MS
The Isle of Capri Casino Riverboat

Then I got the Trace and backtracked north about 30 miles to Rt 552, headed west past Alcorn State University, and found the ruins off of a dirt road. Windsor Ruins started as a grand mansion built in 1861 by cotton plantation businessman Smith Coffee Daniell II, who died within weeks of its completion. His wife and children lived there and survived the Civil War. A fire on February 17, 1890 destroyed the 23 room structure, leaving only the columns and the ironwork. Daniell family descendants donated Windsor Ruins to the State of Mississippi in 1974. A flight of metal stairs found intact is now at Oakland Chapel at Alcorn State University.

Marker at Windsor Ruins in Port Gibson, MS (click to enlarge)
Windsor ruins
Windsor ruins

Heading south on Rt 552, I crossed over the Trace and got on Rt 61 South. I was headed to Dauphin Island in Mobile Bay Alabama to visit my daughter that evening and figured that I would make better time. Well, within a mile I saw signs for the Rosswood Plantation and decided that one more stop was in order. I got off and continued east on Rt 552. This antebellum bed and breakfast is located near Lorman. The planatation is a Mississippi landmark built in 1857. The architect was David Shroder, the architect of Windsor, whose awesome ruins I had just visited.

Rosswood Plantation
The long driveway

It was finally time to do some highway hauling. I took 61 south to 33, then 84 east to I-55. From this point on, it was nothing but interstate until I got home. I went south into Lousiana where I got on I-12 east, then I-10 east. From there I crossed eastern LA and the southernmost portion of Alabama. I stopped under a gas station for about a half hour as a violent thunderstorm blew across the highway, then 188 south to Bayou La Batre and finally 193 south across the Dauphin Island Bridge to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab where my daughter was taking summer courses. We ate dinner at a small local restaurant at the west end of the island and called it a day.

Sunset on Dauphin Island, AL with my daughter Courtney
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