Into the South
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
31Trip End Sep 2008
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The mound is a large mound of earth (240 feet long, 130 feet wide and 30 feet high) that was used for centuries by Native Americans as a burial place, probably for high ranking individuals. There were other earthworks around the mound but not many survive due to farming and erosion. Most of the artifacts recovered from the mound are from the Hopewell Indians (100BC - 500AD) but earlier artifacts have also been found
Farther south I also stop at Serpent Mound. This is another ancient earthworks sculpture, in this case in the form of a serpent that is almost a quarter of a mile long. It is thought to have been built by the Fort Ancient culture around 1000AD. It's built on a spur of rock overlooking the Ohio Brush Creek on the edge of a large crater. It was originally excavated between 1886 and 1889. The head of the serpent is aligned with the summer solstice sunset. I'm posting some pictures, though seeing the serpent is difficult. You can kind of see the zigzag pattern of raised earth. There's also a picture of a recreation of a Fort Ancient Indian hut but this one contained a rather modern artifact - a geocache logbook.
Going through both Ohio and later, Kentucky, I see lots of stars on barns and some on houses. I'm not sure what they mean but wonder if they're related to the banner that was hung in windows during WWII to indicate someone serving in the military.
Once I leave Ohio and enter Kentucky I follow the roads Brian recommended and find them to be wonderful motorcycle roads. It's been a long time since I've been able to get the bike over onto the sides of the tires (except for freeway cloverleafs) but Kentucky 10 and 22 afford lots of opportunities as the road winds through the hills and hollows of northern Kentucky
As much fun as those roads are to ride they don't allow you to cover many miles so I hop back on a major highway to get some miles under my wheels before I set up camp just outside Mammoth Cave National Park.