The Natchez Trace is a road steeped in history. Before it became a modern national park roadway, it was first a trail. In the beginning it was used by Native Americans, Western settlers followed their path. The combined centuries of travel created a depressed road. Preserved are deeply eroded sections of the old Trace. Here in their footsteps you can feel some of the hardships they endured on their journey west. These included heat, mosquitoes (and gnats), bad food, disease, swollen rivers and sucking swamps. (Watch out for those swamps. They suck.) The Trace commemorates their travels and travails. We stopped at as many of the informational stops along the Trace as we could and eventually made it to Tupelo, Mississippi, hometown of Elvis Presley.