Thursday, November 15, 2007

Louisville, Kentucky

Another windy day for driving a motor home!! Going east, we had a great tail wind, but the south miles were hard! We actually got 13 mpg with this unit. It uses only Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel and no Biodiesel.

In Illinois there were a few fields of corn to be combined, but when we got to Indiana everything was harvested and tilled. The elevators have piles of corn stacked and most are covered.

As we crossed into Indiana the tall oak trees were colorful with their rust colored leaves and further on the yellow/orange maple leaves made an eyecatching accent to the oak leaves. Near the Kentucky border is the town of Floyd Knob. It is named for the local terrain of steep hills rising 400' to 500'. They are supposedly the remains of rock and dirt from the southernmost point of glaciers. They were tree covered showing shades of rust with the yellow accents when the sun shone on it. We were back into clouds after a few hours of sunshine.

Thanks to Map Quest we had good directions to get to the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. It was well organized and we were directed to the Winnebago section, checked in and on our way in a half hour. We saw the line-up of Winnebago's included their new unit, called ERA, which is built on a van chassis. The show will not be until after Thanksgiving so the young man checking in the units is at Louisville until December 1 and he has all the units checked back out to drivers to deliver to dealers! He does have help to wash and set up the units in the giant arena. The huge parking lot was divided up between all the different RV companies.

We headed back north on I-65 and over the Ohio River into Indiana. There was a tug boat and many barges along the bank of the river.

Did you know?
The Frazier International History Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory with the world's largest bat which is a replica of Babe Ruth's bat and weighs 34 tons, Belle of Louisville Steamboat, Falls on the Ohio State Park, and Church Hill Downs race track where the Kentucky Derby has been run on the first Saturday in May since 1875 are just a few of the interesting places to visit.

The original "Happy Birthday" song was written in 1893 by two kindergarten teachers, Mildred J. Hill and her sister Patty Smith Hill, who lived in Louisville.
Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken was born just north of Louisville in Henryville, IN. Thomas Edison once lived in Louisville.

We chose to stop at a Steamboat Museum across the river in Jeffersonville, IN. Tomorrow we plan to find it!

Again we are so thankful for the opportunity to see the USA together, for the ability to flex in all circumstances and for traveling mercies as we dealt with traffic, finding gas stations, wind, and finding our destination!

Prairie Schooners

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