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Obstacles

September 20, 2011

Boy, we had a day today. We read through everyone’s comments at dinner tonight….they always make us laugh and give us extra motivation!

And Kenny, we don’t mind if you use are site to needle John a little.

Obstacle #1. We were ready to leave the hotel this morning when through casual conversation it was brought to my attention the our bridge over the Mississippi was closed secondary to all the flooding they had here earlier this year. We crossed over on the Interstate bridge and it was very evident how high the river had risen by the destruction of vegetation on it’s banks. You could also see the gradual recession of the water as terraced grooves in the banks. The closed bridge won’t be reopened until December.

We were forced to take an alternate route that took us 150 miles out of our way and cost us three hours of our day. We actually had to ride into Illinois, Illinois was never on our itinerary. On our way back south into Kentucky, we were on Rt 45 heading through Metropolis ( I’m not kidding) when we came upon a bridge with a sign that read “motorcycles caution, open grate bridge”

Obstacle #2 We come around a little turn and there is the bluest bridge I’ve ever seen. We start across it and I can’t do anything but watch were I’m driving. In my peripheral vision, it looks like I’m trapped in a blue cage, surrounded on 4 sides. I can also see the widest river I’ve ever seen stretching out before me, and under me. The whole bike is just wobbling as it tracks through the grated roadway. And the bridge just went on forever, it was the Ohio river and it must have been a mile wide. We got to the other side and Dorothy caught up to me at a traffic light…..after she pulled her heart out of her throat and I changed my underpants, we just shook our heads and started laughing.

We’ve been skipping certain things on the trip because of the weather…I’ve been very interested to see this area known as “The land between the lakes” but considered taking a pass because we were behind schedule. Dorothy thought better and we so we went. The drive there was very rural through some beautiful scenery. At one point, we were enveloped in the fragrance of honeysuckle…..it got inside your helmet and just swirled around. It was awesome. The Land Between the Lakes was really nice and I wish we had more time to check it out. Pictures don’t do it justice…….overcast once again!

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There was a small incident with Dorothy’s saddle bag taking on water, no….not from the one of the lakes……but it did require bailing…….sort of.

Obstacle # 3 We were back on track and on our way through Kentucky. We were on our way to visit Lincoln’s birthplace and had a ways to go. We were riding with flames shooting out of our helmets to make it there by 5:00 when at about 30 miles away, the battery casing on my bike popped open. We got off at an exit, and I thought I had fixed the problem. Back on the road and about 15 miles away from Lincoln’s birthplace and wham! It popped open again. Damn it! Why didn’t I pack those zip ties?

Next thing I know, there’s a man standing next to me on the side of the road offering help…..I never even heard him drive up? We just couldn’t get the cover to pop back on. I longed for a zip tie……

He was very nice and we worked at it for quite a while when he generously offered to let me follow him home to fix the bike. Yes Mom and Dad, I followed a strange man that I met on the road home to his house.

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This is Terry Farmer of Hodgenville, KY

We broke the bike down and he had the magic zip ties I needed!

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Mr and Mrs Farmer we very hospitable and helpful. It took about 5 minutes to fix the bike but we stuck around exchanging stories and just generally chewing the fat. We enjoyed ourself so much, we were there for well over an hour. There’s a lot to be said about the kindness of strangers. Dorothy got to play with their pup, Bear, which made her quite happy.

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Obstacle #4 Riding toward Lincoln’s birthplace, we passed another time zone, and unbeknownst to us, even without the battery case breaking, we would have been an hour too late to visit the site!

We didn’t have any rain today but the air was thick and damp….on the way back to Elizabethtown to get a hotel……a hole popped open in the overcast sky and once again we got to see our own shadows stretch out along the landscape. It was almost magical and we knew at once that meeting the Farmers would be one of our fondest trip memories.

Tomorrow, it looks like clouds but no rain, we’re gonna try to visit Lincoln and then shoot for Morgantown, WV. Fingers crossed!!!

PS…At a place called Texas Outlaw tonight, I had my first ear of fried corn- on-the-cob…..I’ll explain when I get above the Mason Dixon Line.

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Now that’s tired!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. kenny permalink
    September 21, 2011 12:13 am

    Oh man. I hope you guys arn`t tied up in this guys basement with a ball stuck in your mouths & taped. And this Terry dude is writing this page to make us think every thing is ok. But I guess if you don`t show up in a few days we have a clue to give to the cops. The farmer from kantuk, huh. And thats the last we heard officer. Terry we know were your from so just let em go please. Even if they want to stay. :}

  2. jean & margie permalink
    September 21, 2011 6:16 am

    kenny, now you have us worried! Dorothy sent a text, but what if mr. farmer can text…..probably not…..i hope. Girls- enjoy the last leg of your trip and travel safe……no more strangers!

  3. maryjane permalink
    September 21, 2011 9:17 am

    hey..girls thank goodness theres people still out there that care…not to many left..in the world.im glad to see everything is going well..have fun.

  4. terry permalink
    September 22, 2011 8:31 pm

    the farmer from kantuk enjoyed your stories and your company. so if you are in the area again or i in yours let us know and will youall. you have a safe trip. PS: becky and bear say haaa also.

    • September 23, 2011 10:23 am

      Mr Farmer, the pleasure was all ours….if you and Mrs Farmer and Bear ever get the urge to come to the Jersey Shore for a suntan…we’re your girls!!!! My email is makikitrail@yahoo.com.

      Keep the rubber to the road!

      • terry permalink
        September 26, 2011 9:42 pm

        thank you very much for the invite. it is a interesting read that you have on your trip. i like reading it and looking at your picture very much. you loged each aspect where you were. that was something i couldn’t do when we were traveling. always to tired, then i would forget, then all would run togeather. yours was altogether. really enjoyed it.

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