Historic and Memorable

Trip Start Oct 20, 2012
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Trip End Jul 11, 2013


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Friday, November 16, 2012

The interstate through Ohio was by far the nicest road we have driven so far, making for an easy jaunt down to Madison, Indiana, which was the first settlement in Indiana founded in 1809. The town is at marker 528 RDB on the Ohio river, about 45 minutes upstream from Louisville, Kentucky. OK, you want to know what 528 RDB is, don't you? It means that the location is 528 miles from a starting point in Pittsburgh and is on the Right Descending Bank. Now you know. By the way, we had to stop and get some more sponges for Skip and Connies - we totally wore the last ones out in Ann Arbor. Shameless, aren't we?

Once again we have an inside connection to the town college. Skip is the lacrosse coach at Hanover College and we wasted no time using our new sponges on a couple of passes to the college weight room. He led us on a recruitment tour of the school, which is situated on 650 beautiful acres above the river, all for just 1100 students. About halfway through the tour he leads us into an old gym, and you immediately feel like you've been here before. It is the same place that "Hoosiers" was filmed. We wasted no time before taking in the local sports that evening, seeing a Hanover College women's basketball game in a much nicer, newer gym.

Just prior to the game, I attended the final evening of an art show of Robert Horvath's work. He was an exchange student from Slovakia (he wanted to go to LA or DC but ended up in some little town in Texas where he spoke "tex-czech") and is now not only an acclaimed contemporary artist but an art professor as well.  He does some wild stuff - check him out on the internet. He gave a 1 hour slide presentation and lecture which walked us through his career, the evolving subjects and styles and the techniques used.
I want to go back to school!

We had a nice Sunday stroll along the river and through town, which is in the process of restoring it's history and architecture. We poked our heads into a couple of 250 yr old taverns that have been in continuous operation, with the original interiors intact. Well, we had to at least sit at one of the bars and sample the local fare, which included deep-fried green beans, deep-fried pickles and deep-fried chicken wings. Welcome to the South! Evidently the fried beans is their version of a green bean casserole, or so we were assured by the overweight, tatoo laden, cigarette smoking bartender. She actually was very sweet, just not too healthy.

Madison is strategically located within a couple hours from quite a few colleges, and this year some of the nations best basketball is within that perimeter, including Indiana, Kentucky, Loiusville and Cincinnati, a lineup that rivals any in the nation. And then there's Churchill Downs, which is less than an hour away, so we had to take a trip down to the Mecca of racing for an afternoon of futile handicapping, but what an incredible place. It was especially nice to see good sized fields and purses in a sport that is struggling to hang on in many cities. There's nothing like the adrenaline rush one gets betting on the ponies - good thing I don't live any closer than I do.

Gas is $2.99 a gallon in Louisville and $3.59 in Madison! What's with that?

Thanksgiving Day was exactly the way it should be, laying around all day eating and drinking and watching football - RG111 ~!!! - and then feasting on all the good stuff with family and a new friend, who we immediately tried to make a family member. He's a sophomore at Hanover, the leading scorer on the Lacrosse team, relocated from Australia where he played Aussie football and cricket as well, good looking and nice and has the same career aspirations as another sophomore we happen to know back in Helena. He's not into relationships right now, but we left your number, Bean, for when he comes around.

Did I mention the Redskins win over Dallas?

It was a great day. I even got in a 4 mile hike on a Rails to Trails route, which justified the afternoon "slug" fest, as in laying around like slugs watching the Cowboys get slugged. Did I mention .... 

So, fat and happy, we prepare to depart for Columbus, Ohio, where we will meet another of Mary's old friends before picking up I 70 which will take us straight to the other side of the family in Maryland, who have generously offered a creek to do wash in and road kill for dinner. Ah, the Knolls. 

So one of our journey's many joys and anticipations is that of reuniting with those dearest to us that we have not seen in far too long. Looking forward to Thanksgiving with Connie  








 
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