June 2, 2008
I am in Jackson, Mississippi. I left Natchez this morning to drive the 2 hours to Vicksburg. On the way a local told me I had to stop in Port Gibson, which was a town so beautiful Grant wouldn’t burn it. He was right.
Near Port Gibson is Grand Gulf, the sight of a civil war battle – connected to the Vicksburg siege. So, I decided to check out the Grand Gulf civil war site. On the way to the sight, which was around 10 miles from Pt Gibson, I drove along an area that was just spectacularly beautiful. There were these really tall trees with vines growing from the top on the ground. So, there were these really tall, very green “walls” of greenery on both sides of the road.
Right after I got out of the car to take some photos, I drove approx 200m and saw a sign for Entergy’s Nuke plant. A nuke plant amongst all this beauty!
Got to Grand Gulf, and I was the only visitor there. There is a “drive” tour around the park. As the lady is explaining this to me, I interrupted her to ask how long the drive is. 1.5 miles. I told her that I’ll just get my bike out and cycle around it.
“Sweetheart, there ain’t no way you’re going to be able to make it up these hills. No way.” And she was right. Ha. And on top of all that, it was 94’ and humid as h*ll.
Made my way to Vicksburg. Checked out the little town and then headed over to the military park. At the museum I watched a video on the siege, and also the narration/light show of the battle and siege. I should have been good to go, but decided to go on the 16 mile drive tour around the park. Big mistake. 2.5 miles into it and I had had my fill.
Part of the problem is that back in the 1860’s there were no trees. A few decades ago they planted all these trees, which are normally a good thing, but here, you can’t see anything…how far away was the river? How far apart are the 2 sides?
I then made my way to Jackson and am spending the nite.