Sunday, October 18, 2009

Day 91 ~ Sunday on the Ohio

Gregory uses the website to practice his times tables.

We met Jeff from Robinson, IL out on the dock near the E-town River Restaurant on the Ohio River.

Gregory finds a large praying mantis at the E-town Restaurant.

Jeff treated us to lunch at E-town and then headed out on his Harley for his 2 hour ride home.

Gregory and I went exploring around Elizabethtown.

Checking out the banks of the Ohio River

Our new accommodations, the Magnolia Cottage out behind the River Rose Inn, has its own private porch that overlooks the Ohio River.

Mike is doing some paint work for Bruce. You can see the E-town River Restaurant and the Ohio River set in the background.

Date: October 18, 2009
From: Elizabethtown, Illinois
To: Elizabethtown, Illinois
Miles Today: 0 miles
TOTAL MILES: 2, 616 miles
Top Speed on this trip: 54.1 mph
Weather: High of 60 degrees and glorious blue skies
License Plates Collected: 5 Montana, 8 Wyoming (2 motorcycle) and 1 Idaho (found in WY), 2 Colorado, 1 Kansas (gifted from David of Baldwin City), 1 Missouri (To be sent to Grammy’s by our new buddy, Kansas City firefighter Shawn), 1 Illinois
Flats: 8
Broken Spokes: 3
Cracked Rim: 1

Our forced day off was a glorious one and we enjoyed the fine weather while walking along the Ohio River. As Gregory collected shells and we soaked in the sunshine we struck up a conversation with Jeff who was out on a day ride on his Harley. As we told Jeff about our adventure he pieced together a connection with Eric from his town of Robinson, IL about 150 miles north. Talk about your coincidences, Jeff had seen our picture (in the hot tub) that is on Eric's website from his scooter journey with Don. Don and Eric are the fellows we met at the Derrick Inn Motel back in Ness City, Kansas. They were on a scooter journey from Robinson, IL to Arizona and were on our TransAm route for part of our trip...

We decided to join Jeff for lunch at the E-town River Restaurant and had a delightful time talking with him. He generously offered to buy our lunch and then took the time to show Gregory his Harley Davidson. Though he doesn't really know Eric (he was a few years ahead of him in school) he thought he might call him up and tell him that he met the Williams Family. How cool is that?

Bruce mentioned that painting some bare siding was on his honey-do list and he and Mike worked out an arrangement for Mike to do the painting. Maybe he can work off part of our "rent" in trade. Today Mike started with the back of the garage and in the process met some of the neighbors and their friends. Gregory met Preston, a seven year old, and they ran around for several hours. Gregory said they were the great squirrel hunters!

Earlier in the day Gregory and I went on a walk so he could find the perfect stick to use as a sword and we explored a bit of the town. We saw a crane down along the river and Gregory tossed some rocks off the bluff and into the Ohio River out in front of the 200 year old Rose Hotel. The Rose Hotel is state run and is just across the street from our B & B.

Bruce moved us into the Magnolia Cottage to give us our own little space. He didn't have it booked until Friday so it will work out nicely for us this week. It is very charming and has it's own fireplace and kitchenette and a private porch over looking the Ohio River.

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