|Travelogue -- Dr Bob's Northwest Territory Motorcycle Ride|
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24 May 2015, 11:59 PM ET, Corydon, IN
Yesterday I called the numerous garage sales in southeastern Missouri a phenomenon. Well that is indeed the case. Three of my readers have commented to me. The first was my brother Larry from Indianapolis who told me that there is a country wide garage sale about this time of year on US50, that perhaps this was part of it. Dave from north central Arkansas said massive yard sales are done in Arkansas also, with one on US64 called "64 Galore". And Dean from Indianapolis told me that it was a 100 mile long yard sale on MO25 and gave me this link for the yard sale. Thanks very much to each of you.
Yesterday I told you that I wanted to go through a certain town today, but I would not tell you the name of the town at that time, that you would have to wait a day. Nor would I tell you why. Well, look at my byline (Corydon) and you will know the town. Now some of you may understand why. For those of you who do not, you will have to wait till later in today's ramblings.
As for miles today, it was the shortest day so far, only 252.0 miles. And today I violated one of my principles. After four and a half hours of riding, I was only halfway to my destination of Corydon. I considered stopping for the day, but checked the weather and found that it might be raining tomorrow morning in Corydon. Because I wanted to take a certain picture in Corydon, I decided that it would be unacceptable to me to have to take my picture in the rain, so I decided I really had to continue. Not only that, but I had promised you something, and I must fulfill my promises. So what did I do? I got on an Interstate. In the next hour and a half, I rode the same number of miles that had taken four and a half. I must say that the two-lane roads are so much more interesting, I hated to leave them, but I felt it was necessary.
Shortly after leaving Chester, I could see the Mississippi River off to my right. I got this picture. Down among those trees runs a railroad track, but you cannot see it in this picture.
Sometime later I crossed a river, the Little Wabash River. I had to get a picture of it, because a little later I expected to get a picture of the Wabash River. The Wabash separates Illinois and Indiana. So, this is the Little Wabash.
Some of the riding this morning was just delightful. The road had lots of trees on each side, just gorgeous.
What you don't see in that picture, though, is that there is farmland just beside the road hidden by these rows of trees along the road. Look at the next picture and you can see rows of corn through the trees. I thought that was really nice.
After a while I could see up ahead the bridge that crosses the Wabash. I also saw that there was no lookout point. So I stopped on the narrow shoulder to get this picture of the bridge. That's gravel right beside the bike. I don't like gravel. I am always afraid that my feet will slip on the gravel and I will drop the bike.
So I climbed back on, and rode slowly up the bridge to the top. No cars were coming from either direction, so I quickly jumped off the bike and got this picture. That's the Wabash below, Illinois on the right, and Indiana on the left.
Now I am in Indiana, the second of six of the Northwest Territory states. I felt like singing "Back Home Again in Indiana".
But then I thought it would be much better to hear Jim Nabors singing "Back Home Again in Indiana". He performed at the Indy 500 from 1972 to 2014.
The road I was on went through Mount Vernon, and I got this picture of the Posey County courthouse. Indiana has lots of interesting courthouses.
Finally, after my stint on an Interstate, I arrived at Corydon. Now why did I want to go to Corydon? You know that I am taking pictures of capitols in the Lower 48. Sometimes I take a picture of the old capitol. You will see some of them if you check out my US Capitols page. Well, Corydon was the first State Capitol of Indiana. Here it is.
These two signs will tell you a bit more about the Corydon capitol.
I decided to spend the night at the Kintner House Inn B&B just feet from the Capitol. It first opened in 1873.
Dee is the Innkeeper.
Corydon is only 25 miles or so from Louisville, so I called sister Carolyn to see if she could join me for dinner, she said yes, and a little later she and Wayne showed up, sat on the swing at the B&B, and then we went to dinner.
That's it for today. Bye.