Immerse yourself in Mississippi’s historic Natchez

Immerse yourself in Mississippi’s historic Natchez

Powered by 240 horses, the sleek little speedboat rockets across the brown backwaters so fast that it feels like it just may take flight — but self-professed redneck Jim Bob Allgood looks completely relaxed.

Racing at speeds reaching 100 km/h, he’s turned halfway in his seat, right hand firmly on the wheel, his gaze alternating lazily between his on-board guests beside and behind him, and the willows whipping toward us at an alarming pace.

But Allgood, who runs a local tour company called Miss-Lou Tours and hosts a television program called Redneck Adventures, has been here before — many times.

“This river is in my blood — it’s in my veins,” he says in an accent as molasses-thick as the muddy waters below us. Cutting the speed, we slow to a crawl through a narrow channel, kudzu creeping on the swampy banks, snakes and state-record huge alligators not far from our hull.

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