The Dart: Motorcycle offers chance to leave troubles behind for Natchez man

Published 12:01 am Monday, December 17, 2018

NATCHEZ — Whether it is golf, fishing or cooking, almost everyone has a hobby to help occupy their spare time.

For, Travious Grinnell, aka “Bobo,” his hobby is riding motorcycles.

Grinnell said he first started riding when he was 9 years old and found working the clutch of a four-wheeler and speeding through tracks helped him leave his troubles behind.

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Within the past five years, Grinnell said he switched from riding four-wheelers to riding motorcycles, and that’s what he was doing Sunday morning when The Dart landed on Madison Street near Union Street.

“You can’t ride four-wheelers in the streets,” Grinnell said. “They’re not street legal, so we found our solution, and that’s riding motorcycles.”

Grinnell said having experience with four-wheelers, using the clutch and riding different racing bikes, helped him make the transition to riding a motorcycle on the streets.

“My mind is free for the most part when I’m riding,” Grinnell said. “I’m just going. It eases me.”

James Campbell, a friend of Grinnell’s who was with him Sunday morning, said he feels the same way when he is riding his own motorcycle.

“When I get off work, this is where I can just be myself and be free,” Campbell said. “All day driving a UPS truck, delivering packages. … When I get off, I just like to ride. I can be myself and ride.”

Typically, Grinnell said he rides with his uncle and some of his friends. However, Grinnell said, it doesn’t matter if anyone is with him or not. He just likes to ride.

“It is just a blessing to be here and be doing this,” Grinnell said as he put his helmet on and he and Campbell headed out for their Sunday morning ride.