Four Days Off-Topic in the U.S.
Mattias.Hallin at jurenh.lu.se
Thu Aug 18 17:09:02 CEST 1994
But of course I shall tel| you all about it -- the fact I haven't as yet is
mainly due to the combined efforts of severe jet-lag and going back to work;
basically I've spent all my waking hours fast asleep since I got back! Or, well,
rather: when not at work, I've been sleeping practically around the clock since
(And to the list: well, I hope you will forgive this off-topic posting; but
since Don asked for it here, I guess I'll post it here, too.)
So! Now that I'm finally awake...
First my own and Klas' thanks to you and Ann for having us as guests! We both
enjoyed it very much!
And also -- you were quite wrong: Kentucky proved a most interesting place to
visit, even not considering it's resident Duck-artist. From your place we went
to Bardstown (I think it's called), which was quite pretty, and also had a
well-stocked, brochure-wise, visitor's center, and the nice-to-look-at Talbot
Inn, which I think dates back to 1779, where we had lunch (standard fare, but
edible enough). From there we went to the Maker's Mark distillery ('bout 18
miles further south) which I think was a wise choice, since it's a very small
distillery, bent on quality rather than quantity. They had a free tour ('twas
good), the place was interesting to see, and their bourbon quite excellent
(though by necessity of law purchased later on, in Lebanon).
So from there, by way of Lebanon, we went to see the Perryville battlefield,
which Klas quite enjoyed; and though of course it does not compare to the major
Civil War battlefield NHSs, the small museum was good enough, and one was able
by leap of imagination to get a grasp of what must have happened there. In
Perryville, which BTW has quite a number of buildings left that stood there
already during the Civil War, we had some quite good and very inexpensive dinner
at the local Greasy Spoon; where Klas got to try grits. I'm not sure he'll do
*that* again, though -- I think he found it a mite dull...
Thence we drove on eastwards, heading for the Daniel Boone Nat'l Park, or at
least the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. And I can add here that the
entire drive, all the way from Dawson Hill Road, varied between quite scenic and
After passing through Richmond, KY, we started looking for a town small enough
to have a downtown-or-nearly-so located Motel *and* a bar; but bad luck dogged
us, and every town promising motel-wise proved to be smack in a dry county; and
as night fell and the towns got smaller and fewer, we finally gave up on the
bar-thing, and settled for the night at the "Li'l Abner Motel" in Slade, just
off the Natural Bridge State Park, in between Stanton and Clampton.
Well, we'd planned to spend the entire Thursday exploring the State Park, but
when we came out to the car that morning, we had a flat! So we called the rental
agency, and they told us we had to get an identical tire on, and after some
phone-calls we went to Stanton, 10 miles down, on the emergency wheel, and spent
three hours at Witt's Sunoco, while Mr. Witt went to the nearest town big enough
to have the right brand of tire, which took him 'bout two and a half hours, and
then changed the tires, which took his grease-jockey all of fifteen minutes!
Anyway, we finally got to spend at least the afternoon hiking in the Natural
Bridge park, which was *gorgeous*, and then started heading north on state and
county roads, until we got to Maysville, where we crossed over into Ohio, and
headed north on US 68.
We stayed the night in a small town that I can't recall the name of, but which
was most famous for having the first concrete pavement in the U.S. already in
1891 or something; and then Friday morning went on to Toledo, where we met some
musicians we'd gotten to know in Davenport, and sat in with them at a local bar
that night, and generally had a good time.
Saturday, we just drove into Chicago and flew back home...
But I'd like to tell you again that both Klas and I were real glad we'd made it
to Kentucky, and we quite agreed that it was a pity we had so little time, both
to visit you and Ann, and to just drive around Kentucky. Actually, not least
Klas appreciated the fact that Northeastern Kentucky was settled already in the
18th century, and that there seemed to be quite a few places of historical
interest -- there was several we'd have wanted to look at, but never really had
the time for... Also, the landscape and the small towns were quite nice to look
at more often than not, and from what we saw and experienced of it all, I think
we'd have like to explore Kentucky more.
Once more -- thanks you, and give our regards to Ann! And if you're ever 'round
over here, and have some spare time, just give me a call!
All my best!
**** Mattias Hallin ** Lund * Sweden ** <Mattias.Hallin at jurenh.lu.se> ****
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