Day 09

Trip Start Jul 26, 2006
Trip End Aug 2006

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Friday, August 4, 2006

Today we were up early and were headed out to sales before they were open. The sun is late coming up over here, so sales don't really get started till close to 8am. We drove south from Harrodsburg toward Danville until we started running across sales that were open, then we headed north again stopping and shopping along the way. Our friends were following us in their rental car and we had a set of walkie talkies between us so we could communicate between cars. It worked out really well when we were deciding which sales to stop at and which ones to pass up.

The one thing that was odd right off the get-go was that they have pink and blue chem-cans. Pink for girls and blue for the guys, how at is that! Most of the fields had at least one set of chem-cans. There were a few with no facilities, but the gas stations weren't all that far apart, although it could take hours getting to them when you run into sales along the way that you just can't pass up.

The traffic wasn't bad at all, there were a few more cars on the road than the previous days, but it was never bumper to bumper slow.

The shopping was fantastic, or at least I thought so. I really enjoyed myself. The sellers were willing to deal, the prices they had on things was really inflated and for the most part you could get the item for half off the marked price, sometimes even less than that. Of course there were other things they had for sale that they weren't about to come down very far in price if at all - but that was okay, there was always something better at the next booth or sale.

I found lots of china patterns and pottery that I hadn't seen before. It was so much fun to see new things and talk to the sellers and learn about the local pottery and what to look for on some pieces that made them more collectable than other pieces.

Our friends ran across a couple of friendly country boys at one of the sales. The boys thought they should hang around and visit for awhile. Between the missing teeth and tanned beer belly it just didn't seem to be in the cards. This was one of those sales that we decided to drive by, but our friends felt bad about driving in and not stopping so they rolled the window down to make a comment about not being able to haul a lot back on the plane and got a couple of friendly handshakes and country conversation. The whole episode gave us all a good laugh for the rest of the day. Hubby and I decided we needed to keep better tabs on our friends or there was no telling what kind of trouble they would end up in.

We stopped for lunch at a little restaurant along side the road. They had home-style fried chicken in a buffet with all the southern trimmings. Almost every restaurant we went to offered cooked apples - they are so very good, forgot how much I missed them. As soon as we finished eating the power went out at the restaurant, they didn't seem to be too concerned, they just took it in stride like it happened all the time. While we were at the next sale, the lady from the restaurant pulled up and I heard her talking to the lady that was running the sale and it appeared that the restaurant had probably only blown a fuse since the fans were still running at the sale. She didn't seem to be in a big hurry to get back to the restaurant and flip the breaker - so laid back and relaxed about the whole mess.

We went to a couple more sales, then headed for our motel in Frankfort. After checking in and gloating over each others purchases and relaxing we headed out looking for dinner. Frankfort is pretty spread out, and downtown - or at least the section we ended up in was all closed down for the night and we didn't see any restaurants there anyway. Back towards the motel we stopped at a fast food restaurant.

After eating, we stood around in the parking lot watching the heat lightening off in the distance. That was quite a display. Tomorrow promises to be another big shopping day.
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Re: Lightening
Thanks for the reminder - you are my memory!! It was a wonderful show of light. I bet it would've really been something if we'd been out in the country watching it.

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