Sunday, August 11th – Monday, August 12th, 2013
I munched on some peaches my Aunt had sent with us as Trevor brewed the coffee. I snacked on some chocolate too, since it was helping me out with the random migraines I’d been experiencing. Maybe more coffee wasn’t such a good idea.
We took off on I-24 East to US-62 West/641 South to Kuttawa, KY to visit another couple that we had befriended in Key West, Kenny and Lisa. They took us on a joy ride on their boat on Lake Barkley. Like the lake near my home in Maryland, The location of Lake Barkley was a town before they flooded it. We passed Kentucky State Penitentiary before cruising to the Dam. After floating around a bit, we took the boat back to the pier and returned to their place.
Kenny cooked us a nice dinner of salmon, tilapia and vegetables on the grill and served it with some grapes, watermelon, cucumber and tomatoes to snack on. We hung out and chatted for a little while before hitting the road. It was nice seeing them again.
We took US-62 to I-24 East to I-69 North back into Eastern Standard Time. It finally occurred to us that the trip was nearing its end. We took I-65 North to a Walmart in Auburndale, KY. Some people were having some car trouble in the parking lot. After watching them struggle a while from our van window, we started feeling bad. Even though we were hesitant, since our beat up van has had so much trouble, Trevor decided to help jump start their car for them anyway.
The next morning, we took Route 841 East to Louisville, KY and headed to the NULU neighborhood. Before exploring, we got coffee at “Please & Thank You” which was a combo: coffee shop, bakery and record store. We walked down to the Ohio River and saw the “Queen of the Mississippi” riverboat before wandering around downtown.
We returned to NULU to check out some of the shops there, then checked out the Louisville Slugger Field stadium. I got to try a mini Derby Pie once we went back downtown which was pretty good, and then I heard from Sandy, my Dad’s cousin who lived nearby, and we planned to meet up later.
We returned to NULU again to eat at “Taco Punk” which had some grubbing chicken mole tacos served with chips, chile-spiked kale, and beans and rice.
Then we went to Old Louisville to check out Churchill Downs where they hold the Kentucky Derby annually.
It began to rain so we hopped in the van and drove passed the Derby Clock, and returned to “Please & Thank You” to kill time while staying dry. One of the guy’s there suggested some places worth looking into once we made it to Lexington, which we’d be checking out tomorrow. It was finally nearing time to head over to Sandy’s in the East End.
I’ve never met her before, but Aunt Susie thought we’d enjoy each other’s company. I was a little nervous to meet her, as I always am when meeting new people, but we had a good visit! Sandy and her husband John were great hosts, and they had a ton of dogs to cuddle with. They had us and their family over for dinner and we got to know one another, sharing some stories about my Dad and his brothers and sisters. It was time to find a place to sleep for the night, so we took off along I-64 East, and eventually found a Walmart in Frankfort, KY.
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