Summer Sojourn 2016, Part Two
Of the six states and two continents I have called home, Kentucky is by far the plushest and greenest of them all. The rolling hills, narrow country roads covered by a canopy of trees and lined with fences speak of a gentle life style.
Both Lexington, Kentucky and Gainesville, Florida claim to be the “horse capital of the world.” I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but between the two, Lexington wins, hands down.
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Heading north on I75, just before you cross the Ohio River, a spectacular view of Cincinnati appears on the horizon. Take a good look. It doesn’t last long and it beats the view from ground level as you drive through. Once out of the Greater Cincinnati Area, Ohio is basically flat.
Ohio – it should be named “The state of Perpetual Road Construction.” Orange cones, barrels and signs of “road work ahead” abound. I intentionally did the drive on a Sunday to avoid construction slowdowns. For the most part, it was a good strategy.
I’ve been travelling this stretch of road for decades. One of my favorite land marks used to be “Big Butter Jesus” until it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.
If you have never seen this edifice, the best description can be found in the following song on YouTube: Before the fire… I apologize in advance if you find it sacrilegious.
After the fire, a new last verse was written to the song and can be viewed here: After the fire… Fast-forward to the end. It is worth it!
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Michigan, My Michigan! The very minute you cross the state line it’s hard not to notice how much more aggressively people drive here. Keep your wits about you, an eye on your side mirrors and another on the rearview mirror.
I suspect there are more cars than people in Michigan. One person may own an everyday car to get to work, a vanity car, and an SUV or truck to pull a boat or RV. One word of advice: plan your north- and southbound trips to avoid the masses migrating “up north” to their cottage/cabin on Friday and returning home/south on Sunday.
Michigan is also known for the prevalence of construction zones lined with orange cones and barrels. The local news report includes a “Cone Zone” advisory. With all of the construction going on you would think the roads would be in better condition. The hard winters and number of cars on the road do take their toll.
And so as Part Two of the Summer Sojourn unfolds, I leave you with this from the Mitten State.