Captn Crow,I can see your point...I'm still working on the leisurely part myself...I think it annoyed me because I was trying to do too much in one day and was way behind schedule. Next time I go to the Vicksburg area I'm going to take a full three days and do it right. In fact I'm going to do several things differently next time ...like maybe have some decent maps and a guide(Sid V) for Champion hill.
I really like the 50mph speed limit on the trace...ok so I go about 60 or so, but the point is that it is a leisurly drive down a gorgeous road that is for the most oart lightly traveled.. I have driven the trace through Tennessee and Mississippi and only dislike it thru the NW Alabama corridor because to me it represents civilization in an area that for most of my life was/is wild and unspoiled.... so long as folks leave NW Alabana that way, I guess i can tolerate the trace!