Trixie Broken? – Set to be fixed tomorrow

Trixie, the sweetest dog in the world, will undergo surgery tomorrow to ensure there will no more pups. 

Trixie in chair

When we got her in March, they weren’t sure if she had been spayed and said they could go in and find out.  I didn’t want to put her through that to find out that she had been.  So we waited, and sure enough we discovered that she hadn’t.  We had about three weeks of strangeness here, but she is through all that now and can be fixed. I made the appointment on Monday for Wednesday.  She should be fine and raring to meet and greet at the BABBQ.

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All tuckered out from Kentucky ride

We made it home safe…whether we can say sound is debatable.  855 miles in all from Friday thru Sunday. We had to deal with some rain on Saturday, but we were pretty much able to travel around the showers.  We got a little wet, but never soaked.  Thanks to all the readers who made suggestions on place to visit.  We certainly took in a few of those when we could work it out.  What follows are a few highlights from the weekend.

The Jefferson Davis MonumentJDmonument
The Jefferson Davis monument is located in Fairview Kentucky.  It is at the site where Jefferson Davis, who would become the President of the Confederacy during the Civil War, was born.  Ironically, the man who would be his chief adversary in the war, Abraham Lincoln, was born less than 100 miles away in Hodgenville KY.

At 351 feet tall, it is the largest [unreinforced] concrete obelisk in the world, and the fifth tallest monument in the United States. The top four are St. Louis’s Gateway Arch, 630 feet tall; San Jacinto (Texas) Monument, 570 feet (built to the peoples who created an independent country — just like the Confederates); the Washington Monument, 555 feet; and the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put in Bay, Ohio, which, at 352 feet, nudges its way past the Davis obelisk by a mere extra 12 inches.  More on the Jefferson Davis Memorial. 

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No, that’s not a decorative helmet.  The monument happens to be behind me in the background.

Moonlite Bar-B-Q
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The world renown Moonlite Bar-B-Q in Owensboro Kentucky filled the bill for these weary travelers late Friday afternoon.  The food was excellent.

My buddy Mike in…
Mike cave
….The Cave I Never Saw

Ease on down the road
Ease on down the road
Highway 146 out of Vienna KY.

Self Portrait
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This is me and the lovely lady in the background is my wife Patn.  This was taken on a Kentucky backroad Sunday morning.

The Missouri Wall of Fame is a mural that was painted on the Mississippi River flood wall at Cape Girardeau Missouri.  It depicts 45 famous people who were born in the state or achieved fame while living there. A list of those people can be found here.
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We also narrowly escaped a Revrick Encounter.  Whew!  🙂

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Places I’ve never seen

Visitors center cave
This is the first in a series (possibly) of places I’ve been, but never saw.  We just stopped by the park long enough to snap this photo and buy a T-shirt shortly before closing time this evening.

After this, and another brief shower, we rode into Bowling Green and had dinner at Mariah’s Restaurant.  A very nice place with good food, but a little pricey for me.

A long day with little to show for it.  But hey, I was able to purchase my senior National Park Pass. So, not a total loss.

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Mammoth Cave National Park ride

Friday morning we’re heading out on a ride to visit the longest cave in the world, Mammoth Cave, in Mammoth Cave National Park in South Central Kentucky.  The cave is 365 miles long and was discovered in 1859.  I don’t think we’ll be exploring very much of those 365 miles, but it’ll be interesting I’m sure.

Our route from St. Louis will take us through Mount Vernon IL, Evansville IN, Owensboro KY, Bowling Green KY, Paducah KY, Metropolis IL,and  Cape Girardeau MO before heading back up I-55 to St. Louis on Sunday. Total mileage about 700.

Mammoth cave route
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If you have any recommendations of things to see or places to eat along our route, let me know.

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Drunk dancing

We went out to a local casino last night because a guy my wife works with singing in a band that was performing there.  He’s very good and I would have taken more video but it didn’t look like it was going to turn out because of the lighting.  There was a guy there trying to dance and trying his best to flirt with a young lady who was dancing. 

 Drunk dancer

It’s amazing how alcohol can make us feel like we really can dance and that pretty girls really want to dance with us and want us to caress them while they dance.

After a while some nicely dressed men came by and escorted Fred Astair Jr. out of the area.

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A tangled web weaved

We found this on the side of the house when letting the dogs out tonight.  We had some really heavy storms roll through this afternoon.  Can they build these things that fast or can these webs survive heavy rain?  You can click the pictures to enlarge them.

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Once I took a few pictures he pulled his legs in and went motionless.

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Janet has a problem

Computer problemJanet, who is way over in Dublin Ireland is having trouble loading B&P.  When she clicks her link to B&P the screen goes blank like something is going to load but never does.  She’s tried it on both a Mac and a PC.  She called a friend and the friend was able to load B&P just fine on their computer.  She has no trouble going to any other sites that she’s aware of. 

Any ideas what her problem might be?

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Sunday Open Mic – Mud volleyball

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Shoe showerI survived mud volleyball.   I didn’t get in the mud but had collateral mud damage from just being near the courts taking pictures and delivering beer to my riding buddy Mike, the hoser guy.

When I got home my shoes were caked with dried mud so I jumped into the shower with them on to clean them.  They’re water (or boat) shoes so they’re waterproof.  It’s just a little weird to shower with shoes on.

Yesterday was my buddy Mel’s birthday too.  Mel was my riding buddy that died last fall.  He was always a cook at mud volleyball and was missed.  We passed around a bottle of Old Grand-Dad and toasted him.

All in all it was a great day.

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