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Up to 900 bikers rode along the Natchez Trace Saturday

Cyclists participated in a race along the Natchez Trace on Saturday. Source: WLBT Cyclists participated in a race along the Natchez Trace on Saturday. Source: WLBT
Cyclists participated in a race along the Natchez Trace on Saturday. Source: WLBT Cyclists participated in a race along the Natchez Trace on Saturday. Source: WLBT
Father-son duo participated in a race along the Natchez Trace on Saturday. Source: WLBT Father-son duo participated in a race along the Natchez Trace on Saturday. Source: WLBT
NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Natchez Trace Parkway was expecting about 900 cyclists to participate in a race Saturday morning (though the turnout number may actually have been a bit lower because of the rain.)

"I'm not considering the race today, because it's raining!" said Eric Redd, who was riding 25 miles with his wife and a few friends Saturday. "But it's good, everybody's enjoying a rainy day without it being cold."

For the people who did stay, like Redd, once they wiped the rain droplets off their glasses, the sights along the Trace made the trip well worth the soggy clothing.

"The Rez is always beautiful," exclaimed Redd. "It's especially beautiful this morning. It's calm, and no waves, and people are out there fishing, and we're riding!"

This was Larry Barrett's first time on a bike in about two years. He decided to come out with his son Nick.

"He rides every year, so I figured I'd ride with him this year," said Larry Barrett, gesturing to his son.

The race offers different course lengths, going all the way up to 100 miles. The bikers go back and forth between the Ridgeland Information Cabin and Ratliff Ferry.

Nick Barrett has done the 50-mile course in years past, but this time around the father-son duo opted for the 25-mile route.

"It's just fun. You get to be here on the Reservoir, so. And the people are so friendly," said Nick and Larry Barrett, speaking over each other.

The people the cyclists meet are a big part of the ride.

"Just having a good time," said Redd. "We have a bunch of people from all over the state of Mississippi, all over Louisiana, and I've been riding with some people from Texas. So it's been a great experience."

"I met some people from Michigan, I met some people from Memphis this morning," said Larry Barrett. "A lot of them started and then turned around once the rain got going, but we're still clicking on."

Park Rangers used the race to remind people of the "Three Foot Move Over" law, which is exactly what it sounds like: Cars should leave at least three feet between them and a cyclist if they're passing by.

That law holds true every day of the year, not just for special events.

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