We rode back across town to the Toll House Restaurant, where the Sherwin-Williams folks had arranged breakfast for us, and stopped back into their store to say hi again. Heading south out of town, we passed over the Pickwick Dam and by the Pickwick State Park, then into the state of Mississippi. We looked for lunch in the town of Tishomingo, and were directed by a couple of local ladies to Derek’s Drive-In up the street. The ladies asked where we were from, and when we told them Ohio, they asked if it was going to go “Red” or “Blue” this time around. We said that we thought it seemed still undecided at this point.
Derek’s place was not very inviting-looking; basically a trailer with a few tables in one half, separated by a window to the kitchen where you placed your order in the other half. We got their special of the day, which turned out to be pretty good; a fried fish plate with fries, cole slaw, and hush puppies. They also tempted Ray with pecan pie, but when he got it, it turned out to be a pre-packed slice of pie from Long John Silvers!
A couple of miles down the road, we turned onto the Natchez Trace Parkway, which had very smooth, gently rolling pavement, and thankfully no commercial traffic. The weather today, like the past couple of days, was thankfully overcast and unseasonably cooler. When we arrived in Natchez, it was just a mile or so off of the Trace where we found the Howard Johnson’s hotel and checked in. Thanks to the local Sherwin-Williams people, who got Howard Johnson’s to donate the room for us! Ray took a quick dip in the pool while I got caught up on e-mail.
Later, we were picked up by Sherwin-Williams’ District Manager Robert Worth and his wife Julie, who took us to a delicious dinner at Romie’s, a local favorite restaurant. They enjoyed hearing about our trip, and we also exchanged stories about training with Julie, who enjoys running and has run in a couple of half-marathons. After dinner, Robert and Julie were kind enough to also drive us around town for a little tour, including the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
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