Taking a trip back in time

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Doug Walker – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - If you were driving through Hwy 63 in Jackson County Thursday morning, you probably thought you had jumped in a time machine and traveled back 130 years ago to a time before there were cars and roads. But you weren't daydreaming. What you saw was a real, old fashioned trail ride with a group of friends.

The hearty souls braved the elements, and had the time of their lives.  For the better part of a week they rode. Even the very young couldn't resist the fun of an era that has long since passed us by.

Climb aboard a wagon, and you get jostled around, almost like a carnival ride.  But it's not all fun and games.

Trailmaster Jeremy Vice takes his job very seriously.

"Make sure everybody has a safe journey, crossing the highways, keep cars from running over us," Vice said.

Jeremy has been doing this for ten years, but he's not quite sure why.

"It's hard to explain why somebody would want to do this, but we have fun doing it."

Taking part in this trail ride is like taking part in a real life history lesson, a lesson devoid of smartphones and laptops. Darryl Vice is one of the trail riders.

"Just watching the horses work and just the way they mind when you go down the road and enjoy the way things used to be done," Darryl Vice said. "Go back to a better time.  I think everything should go back like this."

Everyone has their own reason for hitting trail.

"It just gets me away from the wife," Johnny Huddleston said. "Just have a lot of fun. Get away from the hustle and bustle of everything else and just kind of have fun.  Everybody has a hobby, this just happens to be ours."

And it's a hobby that grows on you just like the slow and steady pace that moves you down the road.  Even the horses agree, it just doesn't get any better than this.

There were about two dozen riders on the five day voyage.  Each night they set up camp and stayed in the wagons.  The ride began in Greene County, and ended in the Helena community of Jackson County, a distance of almost 100 miles.

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