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TheBiKeWriTer | Interesting notes from the road

So much adventure on a bike. I would highly recommend it.

Small town America rocks and so do the people. A shout out to all my hosts – it has been fun making new friends and I’ve been totally spoiled.

Funniest story is the Florence, KY water tower. In 1974 it initially read Florence Mall because of the new shopping center but the highway department told the mayor the business advertisement was a violation on a public water tower.

The creative fix was to paint a Y with an apostrophe and for $500 the problem was repaired. Hokey but popular with the people of Florence, KY and it is now a recognizable landmark with a unique story.

I’ve stumbled upon a lot of phenomenal bike trails. The Cardinal Greenway in Indiana was a 68-mile paved trail that took me southeast from the Marion area to near the Kentucky state line.

Another great trail today, the ALT Trail, ran along the Ohio River about 2 miles between Lawrenceburg, IN to Aurora, IN. It was paved with some magnificent art in the historic downtown and a tie to the famed Lewis & Clark Trail.

The artwork celebrates the strong brewing and barrel-making history of Lawrenceburg, IN.

Taking the time to stop and snap a photo when I see something truly ingenious. Kid’s toys and bikes have a special place in my heart and remind me of my Dad, who started me on a lifetime of adventure.

Barns remind me of my mom and the strong farming community which makes this country great.

A very kind man and his wife took me in one night and offered me a safe place to stay. He was trying to be helpful and gave me the Wi-Fi code and asked his wife to give me some food. I declined the food but he was insistent. She asked me what I wanted and I asked what she had. ”Ingredients,” was her one-word response.

I just thought that was super funny and part of why I love being on the road.

Camped at a former KOA site on the Old Dixie Highway in Kentucky. The A-frame office was charming and dated with wood paneling interior and white pegboard in the food and supplies side.

The sign about the train was adorable. You can just feel the frustration.

The owners took a lot of care to maintain the campground. ”You can stay the night,” said Richard. ”But don’t take up a lot of space and don’t get run over on that road.”

Richard had brilliant roses and some artwork to add comfort at the entrance to the bathrooms.

The No. 1 comment I get when people ask where I’ve come from or where I’m going is… ”That’s crazy.”

If you get a post card please consider dropping it off at Cedar Ridge so they can add it to their Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s display. Who doesn’t like reading somebody else’s mail?

If the way that somebody lives pleases the Lord, the Lord will lead him into good things. Psalm 37:23 Easy English Bible

The 2022 Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s is raising money this year for music programming for seniors at Cedar Community, a 501c3, so all donations are tax-deductible. Donate via the secure website through Cedar Community.  Donations should be marked “Amazing Ride 2022.” Click HERE to make a secure online donation. Checks may be made payable to “Cedar Community” with “Judy Bike Ride” in the memo line and mailed to 113 Cedar Ridge Dr., West Bend, WI 53095 Be sure to include the Federal Tax ID Number for the Foundation: 39-1249432 You may also find a downloadable donation form HERE. Cedar Community is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and donations are tax-deductible.

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