Wheels rolling northward...FINALLY!

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 12, 2013

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Cincinnati South Rose Gardens RV Park
What I did
La Grange, KY Main Street!

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

First of all, just because you received this blog from us, that doesn't mean you have to continue doing so. Feelings won't be hurt in the least if you would prefer to NOT be on the mailing list. Some of you were on the list before on some previous blogs, and some of you asked to be added (or at least I THINK I remember that you did!!). I know that all of us are busy with our lives, and if this is just one more of those things you would prefer not to have to deal with...as they say in Jamaica..."No problem, Mon!" Just e mail and I will remove your name from the "send to" list. If, however, you enjoy seeing what this particular duo from your list of family and friends is up to, just sit back and enjoy the trip...
SATURDAY...Day before take off...

Well, if we are lucky enough to count the worst part of the trip over already, we should have a good one from here on out! First of all, we are running a day later than we had hoped getting this show on the road. It has been a case of one step forward, and two steps back the last few days. However, we got up on Saturday morning bright and bushy tailed (what in the world does that expression mean??) ready to pick up Mufasa, bring him home, load him up and POSSIBLY get on the road mid afternoon. Well, we all know the stories of "best laid plans", and our day was no exception...of course by this time in our lives we should be well aware that things can and often do go wrong. Our morning turned out to be fuller than we had expected and several things that we thought would take a short while to accomplish ended up taking more than twice the expected time, and thus it was close to 12:30 by the time we were able to head out to the storage facility and pick up the motorhome. Beautiful day...feeling good...hopped in Mufasa's cab...turned on the key......sad, small little grinding sound...bummer.. A borrowed jumper cable, two and a half hours and $128 later Mufasa was once again ready to join us on another adventure. By the way, on our way out of the storage facility, he honked a fond farewell to Lulu Bell, his new lady motorhome friend who just came to live there a couple of weeks ago. She looked lovely (but a little lonely) in her assigned slot. We suspect she is more than ready to get on the road with her new Mom and Dad!

By the time new battery was bought and installed we realized it was too late to try to travel today so we took our time loading up and attending to those little details that have to be done before hitting the road. We are really looking forward to setting out tomorrow...and ready to go to bed tonight. Saturday was a busy day. 

On the road at last...

John walked up to the club parking lot around 7:15 to wake up Mufasa and bring him home for the final loading and chores before hitting the road. Mufasa was pleased that Lulu Belle's Mom and Dad had left a business card on his windshield wishing him (and us!) good travels. Thanks guys!

After airing up the tires and finishing putting the last of the items on board, we pulled out at 9:06...MUST be exact you know!! Actually, we didn't make it too far because we stopped at the McDonald's on 109 for a sausage bisquit and a smoothie which we enjoyed as we headed towards the Kentucky state line which we crossed at 10:30. It had been cloudy with a few light showers until we got just about to Bowling Green when the sky cleared pretty well up and we had a beautiful rest of the day to drive in.

I-65 turned into a parking lot for several miles south of Louisville which was a bummer. As it turned out, there had been a very bad motorcycle accident involving some of a group of bikers that had passed us earlier. One of the motorcycles had slammed into the wire guardrail and looked to be badly damaged. We didn't see any ambulances so we are hoping no one was badly hurt. It sure brought back some sad memories of the loss of our nephew earlier this summer in a bike accident. So sad.

Since we needed a break and we wanted to fill up the tank on Mufasa, we pulled off the interstate into La Grange, KY which turned out to be the highlight of our day! First of all, it was a darling little town but the most striking thing about the town is the fact that a main RR track runs directly down Main Street! Apparently there are about 35 trains through downtown each and every day! We were told later that La Grange is one of three towns in the US that have a track that does that. Shortly after we saw the track and talked about it, a train came through...amazing!

We had a delightful lunch at 19 West Main Restaurant ordering Smoked Salmon Quseadillas and Kentucky Bacon Pie for dessert...and yes, I did indeed say Bacon Pie! It was fantastic! I know it sounds weird, but it was one of the best pies I think we have ever had. Yum, yum!!

From there as we headed towards Cincinnati we stopped in Crittenden, KY for the night after another long traffic tie up on I-71. This is a pretty park...used to be a KOA...and it matched two the the three things that are required to be a true RV park. We are right next to the Interstate and close to a railroad track! The only thing missing is an airport...and the night is young yet--there may very well be one! Our site is level, the electric isn't strong but seems to be sufficient so we are nicely set up for our first night on the road in a long time. Life is good.

By the way, just as we pulled into our site, the heavens opened and we had a deluge for about 20 minutes. After the rain stopped (we have mostly blue skies once again) John got us hooked up and I prepared our supper. With it we had a delicious tomato from the garden of Lora C. It was fantastic...thank you Lora! By the way, next to us is a BT Cruiser which looks suspiciously like Dick K's...maybe he and Roland are not in Alaska after all!! 

We drove  260+ miles today. 
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Melva Meador on

Love hearing about your trip. Can't imagine a Bacon Pie (smile). Safe travels to our friends. Looking forward to the next entry.

Mike C on

Have a safe trip. I enjoyed reading about the train on Main Street.

Sue Painter on

Are you sure that wasn't Kentucky BOURBON pie instead of Bacon pie? :-)

Missy on

You two have fun!!!!! Love you both and be safe.

Ron & Judy Hooker on

Have a safe & enjoyable trip. Love hearing about everything!

sharpe2mob on

Bacon Pie, sounds good to me.. Glad you guys are on the road and having fun already.. We moved here from the Cincinnati area and just thought I one throw in one suggestion. On the north side of Cincinnati a bit off I-75 is an International Market called Jungle Jims, phenomenal place with groceries from all over the world, if they don't have it, you don't need it. http://www.junglejims.com/ Directions in the attached site. It is a huge place and they take bus loads of people in just to see the place. If time permits it would be worth you while. Keep on having fun and we love hearing about your trip..
Dora and Steve

Ed C on

Have a safe trip. We enjoy your travels, it makes me want to hit the road.

Rhonda & Larry on

"On The Road Again"! Have a wonderful trip & take us along via the wonderful world of technology!

Linda Shover on

Who knew? Bacon pie?!! Safe travels to you.

dwlp.travelkids on

Steve and Dora...your comment sounds great but we don't plan to go up 75. If we change our minds we will go and report on our adventure! Thanks so much for both the comment and the suggestion!

clangrantau on

Hi dwlp.travelkids,
you don't know me my name is Robert & I'm from Australia anyway I was having a look at your blog. And noticed where you mentioned you paid $3.59 a gallon for gas. I wish we only had to pay that much, we currently pay about $7.33 AUD a gallon anyway I enjoyed looking at your photos and blog. I too am also a member of Travelpod my user name is clangrantau.

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