By mid-afternoon of day 2, I had reached central Mississippi. I was ready for lunch and hoping for some red beans and rice. This is cotton country, by the way.
I spotted an exit for Canton, Mississippi and pulled off the Interstate. As I headed into town, I realized I might have made a mistake. The line of cars leaving town was over a mile long and not moving. The line of cars heading into town was barely moving.
I had picked the one day of the autumn when Canton holds a huge and famous flea market. If I hadn't been on a specific mission, I would have spent the afternoon here. A town on the Mississippi Blues Trail with a beautiful old courthouse and many restored buildings, why not spend a full day?
Canton is also home to one of the largest automobile plants in the United States. On the way out of town, I took Nissan Parkway past the plant.
I stopped at the next exit and settled for lunch at Big Daddy's barbecue outlet in the freeway gas station. They were sold out of red beans and rice - but oh, the barbecued ribs! Southern comfort food at its best.