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While visiting Nicholasville KY I decided to treat myself and ride some nice back roads of central KY and take the Valley View Ferry across the Kentucky River. When I was in Jacksonville FL this spring and I rode a ferry across the St Johns River so I thought it would be cool to ride a familiar ferry in KY. I have taken this ferry many times when I lived in the area but had never taken the ferry on a motorcycle. So here are some pictures.
As many of my Facebook friends I can’t pass up a coffee shop so while in Nicholasville KY I spotted a new coffee shop on Main St. named J’s Place. I stopped in for a fresh brew and ordered the Midnight Blue. Why is it that just about everything in central Kentucky is either Wildcat or Blue. Having lived near Lexington I know why but I don’t agree with it.
J’s place is a cool friendly stop, a lot of folks were stopping in to pick up lunch and the atmosphere was quite relaxing. I was also impressed the they owner, a very nice lady knew what a Kawasaki Versys was and told me that she was a rider of anything but a Harley. My kind of Gal!
I was honored this past weekend to travel north to Camp Ytiliba which was held at the YMCA Camp Ernest in Northern KY with the motorcycle unit from Kerbela Temple in Knoxville TN.
We started the day at 9 AM and there was light rain in the area and as we traveled north up I75 the rain started pouring down, so much so that we had to pull off an exit and wait it out for a while under the canopy of a Weigels service station.
The rain started to slow so we divided to suck it up and head north. By the time we crossed the KY border and stopped at the first rest stop in KY the rain had stopped and the sky’s were just cloudy. Since most of the group were on Harley’s the group decided to stop at Wildcat Harley in London KY. One of the riders need a new tire so I guess the old saying of why is there a Harley dealer every 50 miles? So they can get serviced is true. It took several hours to get the tire changed so we decided to go to a local truck stop and have lunch and gas up.
Hours later we were back on the road and the original plan to ride scenic back roads north was scrapped and we just hot footed it north up the interstate. We arrived at the Holiday Inn in Florence KY in the evening and quickly headed to the local Montgomery Inn for a rib dinner. I had not been to a Montgomery Inn for ribs in years, it sure was good.
Monday morning we left the hotel and rode as a large group to the camp. This week the camp is rented to the Shrine burn Hospital of Cincinnati to provide a camp experience for patients. About 45 kids were there and we all ate breakfast together. Speeches were made and we made a large donation to the Hospital to help fund the camp. Several groups other than the motorcycle unit of Kerbela made donations and they were rolled up as one donation. It sure was a moving experience to see all these kids having fun and enjoying camp as my daughters did years ago. I had breakfast with Brian from Canada who was a former patient and now is a junior councilor at the camp.
I left the camp as a lone rider and headed to Nicholasville KY. It was on the way home and I wanted to see if some old friends and neighbors who still live there were home. I didn’t have any phone numbers so I just took my chances. Mary and I lived in Nicholasville just south of Lexington for about 3 1/2 years before moving to TN. On the way I stopped at Keeneland to visit the track and take a couple of pictures. Well as luck would have it Joe Anne was home but Eddy was fishing. We visited for a while, got caught up on all the gossip and I moved on.
4/22/16 Had breakfast with Daughter, Son-In-Law and two beautiful Grand Daughters. In Savannah GA. I just love this picture.
Traveled north to Greenville SC, ran into more rain and had dinner with Mailene McWilliams, Mailene and I were in the same grade through elementary and high school. We did not have a middle school, only about 25 in our graduating. I think about 25 and can’t confirm that since I recycled (threw away) my year books years ago. High school was not fun for me and I don’t have a lot of fond memories of The Plains High School. So I moved on and never looked back. Talking with Mailene taught me (and I knew this but it was great to confirm it) that I have had a wonderful life with a beautiful wife for 46 years and three wonderful children who are now all supporting themselves which allows dad to buy motorcycles and travel. Not a bad gig if you can find it and I did.
4/23/16 Home to East TN. I traveled route 276 north and was glad to be back on some curvy roads. Made it home OK and surprised myself that I was rested and did not need weeks to recover. This tells me that I should be ready for another adventure in June. Stay tuned and I hope to update frequently during my next adventure. There may be a few small ones in the mean time and coffee shops too so stay tuned to learn more.
4/21/16 North to Savannah to visit with Daughter Son-In-Law and grand-kids who are on a mini vacation in Savannah.
Traveled up A1A through St Augustine, took the ferry across the St Johns River and then further north through Amelia Island. Lots of money here and not much for a traveling man on a motorcycle and limited income. St Augustine is a beautiful city and I would like to visit again in the near future. A lot of history here and lots of coffee shops.