So on Saturday I got to ride out with a friend I met in my Motorcycle Safety Foundation course (MSF) back in April. He posted on FB he was going to be riding out to Madison, IN early on Saturday morning (around 8am). I told him I would meet up with him at a gas station right outside of Prospect. On the way there, I decided to take a detour and hit up a short, but fun and twisty, ride along the Sleepy Hollow and Covered Bridge roads in eastern Jefferson, western Oldham counties. Turned out to be a great little ride with only a couple traffic issues (slower than the speed-limit cars…)
So, at a bright and warming up 8:30AM, 2 of us (Landon from ADVRider was the other rider) set out for the small former town of Lawton, KY. It is about 30 minutes east of Morehead, KY. As we decided to run the scenic path, it took us about 3.5 hours to ride the 160+ miles from the park to the mines. At 8:30 AM, it was already pushing to nearly 80 degrees. Most of the roads out I had been on, as it seems there is a lot to do in the eastern part of the state. So nothing new came up until we got to Winchester, where we went into unknown roads to me. We zig-zagged around I-64 through small towns and back roads and found ourselves in Morehead. At one of the larger parking lots, we saw a couple coaches getting set up for a MSF course. As it was near 11am, and over 85, it was gonna be a hot one for them. We continued on, and turned off US60 onto some other 4-numbered road. Within 30 minutes and a u-turn we had found the mines. You cannot miss them from the road, but you can miss the road.
So I have the destinations for the Ghost Towns trip. I was able to find all but 1 of the locations listed in the website where these were found. I am looking to maybe hit one or two of these over the weekend, since I have nothing going on. Here are all the links for the info and maps and routes.
- Ghost Town Info – http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kentucky/12-ghost-towns-in-ky/
- Furkot Map – https://trips.furkot.com/widget/ts/5UEvhm
I am actually planning on hitting up the Lawton Mushroom Mine (provided I can find the place) on Saturday, and take the camping gear, just in case it is needed for a sleep-over. I do not have an exact location, which will make this a true hunt and seek adventure out in north eastern Kentucky. I do have a good idea where it may be, or at least the road it is off of. Here is the link to that map. https://trips.furkot.com/ts/ScncBq
On Friday, July 3rd, 4 of us set out from E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, KY. For me, it is my normal staging point, as it has a large parking lot, is close to major streets, close to a gas station, and, most importantly, close to my house. I feel that I should be awarded some recompense for leading a ride, so I take that small concession. The whole round trip ride was to be right at 230 miles and take roughly 6 hours to complete. This included 3 stops; Rabbit Hash, Aurora and Madison.
So, with doing some extra work on Wednesday and staying after hours, I was able to garner Friday off! This turned into a near perfect riding day. I started off around 9:30 AM after not setting an alarm (so nice) and head across the river to get Raven’s instrument panel replaced (recall). I showed up, and apparently the part was never ordered, even though I had set the appointment to bring it in that day to have it swapped. No biggie, the only thing wrong is the trip meter resets every time the bike is turned off and on.
So I got home this past evening and decided to take a ride out into the near country. I was never more than 20 to 30 minutes or so from home. I ended up being up at the Ohio River in the small town of Westport, KY. There isn’t much to say about the town, it is barely a few blocks big, but it does have a huge waterfront area with boat docks and landings. However, there is a small road that juts off KY524 called Eighteenmile Creek Road. (Google Map) The road runs along, you guessed it, Eighteenmile Creek. There are homes and farms on both side, with the home opposite the creek having driveways going through the creek. No truck, no crossings, in some places. There were some neat places back there. I didn’t really stop, but for one place, just as I turned on the road. The remains of a bridge were on the right.
Friday after work I needed to run a few errands and stop by my parents’ house to pick up some paperwork. As they live in Prospect, I decided to take a different route home than I normally take and run down Wolf Pen Branch road. It is a zig-zag of a road in the north eastern part of Jefferson County on the outskirts of Louisville. There is a definite yin and yang of houses along this road as you head east. You can pass by a mufti-million dollar mansion and across from it will be barely a hovel. Well, I caught a glimpse out of the corner of my eye of a for sale sign and in the background this large white house in the middle of a field. Even from the road it looked abandoned. I turned around and turned in and decided to take a couple photos. Neat little find on the edge of a populated city.
There is another photo after the break.
As many know, I am not a religious person. There is no love lost between me and the commercial religious organizations out there. That does not mean I don’t believe there is some other power out there that holds some influence over our lives, I just hate giving it a name. So on Sunday, while most of the US was on their way to church, I left the house at about 9:00 AM to head to Bloomington, IN to visit the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center.
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I went around yesterday (Sunday) for a few hours covering all over southern Indiana from the river up to Corydon and as far west as the river again, near Leavenworth. From there, back into Kentucky and then out to the east and around far eastern Jefferson county and Oldham county. This video is from the quick run down Covered Bridge Road.
So the snow started Wednesday evening, March 4th and ended sometime Thursday afternoon, March 5th. In total, we got somewhere between 12″ and 18″ of snow, depending on where you lived in the area. It was enough for even my company, who rarely even gives a 2 hour late opening, to close for the day Thursday. This was one of those thick, heavy snows that comes in quick. It shut down most of the expressways, to the point emergency crews were running supplies to stranded truckers who could not make some of the the hills along I-65.