Hardin, KY - A Day of Rest

Trip Start Oct 17, 2012
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

We decided to stay an extra day here at the Kenlake State Park Resort because everything about it was so welcoming, the people, the surroundings, the building, we just like it here. Tomorrow we will be at the southern end of LBL and into Tennessee. Since we are doing the laundry, leisurely I'd like to add, we thought we would write about the area. The laundry facilities are in the campground across the highway from the hotel and a shuttle bus usually makes the trip but today the bus wasn't running so the hotel arranged for a car to take us over. Yes, our fortune. We found out the drive over was three miles and the luxury of time we did not have. As it turned out we were able to catch up on our postings. On our way back the driver, Mike gave us a tour of the state park. In the 40's and 50's there was a state park next to the campground called Cherokee that was exclusively for African-Americans. This shows that during that period of segregation in our nation whites and blacks couldn't even share Mother Nature in such a massive park. Cherokee became popular because of a 50-foot high dive platform of which the remnants are still there, and a boat launch.
Mike gave us some background on that bridge we rode over yesterday, it is called the Eggers Ferry Bridge. It was built in 1932 and is 3,495 feet long; when the Tennessee Valley Authority built the dam on the Tennessee River to create Kentucky Lake, it had to be fortified. Kentucky Lake is the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River. Kenlake State Park is on the west side of Kentucky Lake, and on the east side of the lake where we were riding yesterday is an area called Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, LBL for short. To the east of LBL is Lake Barkley which was created by damming the Cumberland River in 1966. Oddly enough both the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers flow north to the Ohio River. We finished the tour by driving by the outdoor amphitheater on the water's edge where the 'Hot August Kentucky Blues Festival' is held.
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