August 17, 2012 – Bandana, Monkey’s Eyebrow, LaCenter and Bardwell, Kentucky
We had a pretty good storm last night. There were only a couple of gusts of wind, but they were only shook the coach a little. This morning, the house batteries hadn’t recharged so I checked the inverter. It had tripped and had to be reset. After that the batteries charged right up.
The other thing that happened this morning was that my computer crashed. I finally worked my way through the instructions for restoring it. I was afraid that I had lost the blog post I had written last night and the pictures which I had edited. My backup to a separate hard drive is on Monday so I had the potential to lose 3 days worth of pictures and posts. Fortunately, I didn’t lose any data.
Because I was up so late last night, I slept in this morning and then had the computer problem. I finally got on the road at 12:45 so I didn’t wander too far today.
My 1st stop was Bandana. I just liked the name. When I got there I discovered that it is the home of a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. It is a tiny little place. I figure it was about 300-400 people. It is located in the very northwestern corner of the state. There were lots of farming and lots of hunting clubs. You are really close to the Mississippi so the land is good farming land. The soybeans looked really good, and several fields of corn had already been picked. There weren’t any cattle or horses but there were lots of goats.
The Ballard Wildlife Management Area is located here, and there were several hunting clubs located near it. The effects of the drought could be seen in the Ballard WMA where the water lilies are dying as well as fish. I thought at first that the smell was just the sour smell of water full of dying and decaying plant life until I saw all the dead fish. They were nice size fish – about 2 pounds most of them. It’s a shame, but that’s what happens when a drought hits
Monkey’s Eyebrow, which is still listed on the map, turned out to be just 1 house with a sign in the yard that said “Joe’s Place, Monkey’s Eyebrow”.
I was on a lot of back roads today, and the scenery was really great. As I went through LaCenter, Kentucky, I noticed a mural on the end of one of the buildings. It showed the history of the town. It depicted 2 WWII veterans as well as a woman doctor who is from there. It also showed some of the agricultural and hunting activities of the area.
My last stop was in Bardwell where they have a tiny little church in a handkerchief sized city park. It was a cute little church and is very well maintained. I don’t know if they use it for weddings or not, but if you were having just a small wedding with 20 or fewer guests, it would be a perfect setting. It does back up to the railroad tracks so you’d have to pick your time so that a passing train didn’t interrupt things.
A couple of other towns that I went through today are Lovelaceville and Ragland. I crossed streets named Needmore Road and Road Street. The best business names I saw were Hodge Podge (a general store) and Kurl Up & Dye (beauty shop).
For once I got back to the coach relatively early – 5:15. I took a short nap, got supper, and watched some TV. I’m going to make it a fairly early night tonight as I want to get up earlier tomorrow and do a little longer road trip.