Our trip from Rockville, IN to Eddyville, KY was 225 miles, including about two caused by me missing our turn. It took almost five hours and we managed to give the Mothership a big drink (81 gallons) as well! Most of the trip was on four-lane US41 but a good portion, about 75 miles was on narrow back roads. Luckily there wasn't much traffic and we didn't meet many large vehicles!
We are staying at the Outdoor RV Resorts which is actually about five miles south of Eddyville near the Land Between the Lakes National recreation Area. We have a 50 amp full hookup pull-through, great Verizon and a clear shot to the satellite.
While trying to level the coach, the right-rear leveler stuck at almost full extension and wouldn't come down so we had to wind up calling road service to come and remove it on Monday. We have spent a good deal of time since then trying to get it repaired and re-installed. That is still an ongoing project.
Thursday was our day for touring in Paducah. Our first stop was the National Quilt Museum
near downtown Paducah. They had many, many very intricate and multicolored quilts that were almost beyond belief. Many of them looked like paintings once you stepped back from them just a little ways.
We had managed to go to downtown Paducah on the first day of their 20th annual BBQ on the River
and the streets were closed and parking lots full of tents! We were lucky to find a parking spot at the Quilt Museum. After leaving the museum, we strolled through some of the happenings and if we hadn't planned on going for Italian later, we could have had 30 different kinds of ribs. We've never seen so many BBQ vendors in our life.
We left there and went a couple of blocks further and walked around the Market House
. We had no interest in seeing inside the house but the area around it is full of very quaint shops and restaurants.
We next went to the St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church
which is a very pretty, old church. Then we visited the Wacinton
, carved by Peter Toth in 1985 from a huge red oak and dedicated to the Chickasaw Indian tribe.
We then drove by Whitehaven
which is a renovated 1860 antebellum home now used as a Kentucky welcome center on I-24. Our last stop, after having a delicious Italian dinner at Mama D's, was at the Kentucky Dam
. The Kentucky Dam is the longest Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), stretching across the Tennessee River and creating the Kentucky Reservoir. The reservoir is 184 miles long covering portions of Kentucky and Tennessee and has over 2,000 miles of shoreline. The dam generates 184 megawatts of power daily.
Saturday, was spent watching college football. Fortunately, our Gators didn't lose...or win since they didn't play because of an off week. We leave tomorrow for Natchez Trace State Park about 10 miles east of Lexington, TN. It is pretty isolated so we suspect Verizon will be spotty, if at all - hopefully we are wrong.