MRT ’22…..

Can InnerTuba return to the USA in 2022 to Ride the Mississippi River Trail and the Natchez Trace ? …… Sponsors and supporters of InnerTuba Icetrikes and Connecticut Yankee Pedaller have confirmed their intention to support InnerTuba to tour again in the USA, when it’s Covid safe to do so…..

InnerTuba heading North along the Mighty Mississippi River, Near Port Byron, Illinois, August 2019

As at January, 2021, the world remains in turmoil with a pandemic.
InnerTuba and its supporters take the view that it’s good for us to progress our ideas despite the ongoing situation. After all, if we “cancel” it definitely won’t happen !
We’re being open minded, responsive and adaptable. Realistically this venture may well not be possible until many aspects of life have found a new normal …. We don’t know whether that time is months or years ahead do we?
Let’s see, but please read on meantime…….

The plan is to pedal and play along much of the MRT, or Mississippi River Trail, with a possible detour to ride the 444 miles of Natchez Trace…. Hopefully in 2022….

The 2,500 mile Mississippi River Trail goes through 10 States, from its start, South of New Orleans, Louisiana to its source in Northern Minnesota, USA. The current aim is to set off around early Spring ’22 and reach the source of the river around 5 months later.
The Natchez Trace leaves the Mississippi River at Natchez and follows a cycle friendly low traffic route all the way to Nashville, Tennessee. From Nashville I would pedal North East to rejoin the Mississippi River at St Louis, Missouri.

It’s a long way, a big challenge, and above all a team effort. If you’re Mississippi River or Natchez Trace based, and are a Potential Sponsor, Radio or TV station, a Community Band, a School, an Older People’s Care Facility, a Cycling Club, a kind host with a home for me to stay in, – we can work together – you’re welcome to get involved !

House-concerts will add a new dimension to this InnerTuba tour. Find out more about them by viewing this lovely video, which was put together with lots of help from Gary Solomon of The Laidback Bike Report …..

Celebrating cycling along the Mississippi River Trail. Port Byron, Illinois.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain.