I am sucker for these historical signs and when I have to pass them I get this empty feeling, so I grabbed this one for no particular reason other than it was there. The sign does mention Father Marquette. He has a whole state park centered around him in Michigan as well. Guy must have been a LD rider.
Glad this guy was out in the field. MeAsWe is quite sensitive to these guys and can spot and smell them a mile away.
This is US 45 heading from Illinois to Kentucky. It was one long grated bridge.
We grabbed a ton of BBQ places today, something like 12 of em. This was the first one. The rest can be seen HERE.
We hit the road for The Land Between the Lakes. Highway 453 runs down the center of this area and is a really nice ride. We rode to the entrance of the Bison range, however motorcycles are not permitted. This was true out west as well. Bison can be mean son of bitches.
I didn't realize that Kentucky and the area once was home to Elk and Bison in big numbers. I figured this was a Dakota, Wyoming, Montana thing.
Crossed into Tennessee while still in the Land Between the Lakes
Not too far away is Fort Donelson National Battlefield. This shored up Tennessee for our National Park Tour. We spun around the park abit. This is where Ulysses S Grant established himself and earned the rank of major general.
Grabbed another BBQ place, but this one will also satisfy the It's a Small World sidedish
Just over the border this cow got loose and was roaming the streets of Gutherie, KY
This sat right outside a BBQ joint and was an easy pick
After dilly dallying around we headed for Mammouth Cave. It was my guess we were not going to make the VC before closing. This will be the second time we have been to Mammouth Cave too late to tour the caves.
The roads leading out of Mammouth Cave heading east are beautiful.
As we came out from under the canopy, we found ourselves in Amish farmland.
Not to neglect the USA Tour we stopped in Sonora, KY
Sun starting to set we headed into Danville, KY.
I have been saying we have been very successful with Priceline.com. To keep the world in balance there has to be some failures as well. The Super 8 Danville was the failure. The night before, I just couldn't make a hit on a hotel with a reduced priced. In frustration I just booked the Super 8 at the Priceline price. We have stayed at Super 8's many times and you get what you pay for. This one kinda of stands out. MeAsWe was laughing hysterically in the bathroom so I had to see what was up. She pointed to the shower head. There was a face cloth tightly wrapped around the shower head. I figured that didn't belong there so I untied and unwrapped it. Well, I was so wrong. The face cloth was the shower diffuser and was the owners fix to his/her problem. Give me a break a shower head at Walmart is what $8. Well this rendered the shower totally useless unless you wanted a hole blasted through you. Yes they had outstanding water pressure. Then there was the fix to the door and doorknob. And that's the rest of the story.