hello ohio (by the back roads)… and kentucky & tennessee

18 08 2008


thursday morning i insisted that we let the state at least try to redeem itself before we left it, so we found the nearest park, wandered around its nature center for a while, & then went trespassing past a road-closed sign in search of a river. in my head, ohio is poetically valuable for having rivers, so our successfully finding one (past the spider-web high-rise & the discarded cans & bottles by the ghost of someone’s fire) validated that part of the countryside a good deal. i think we decided the water we found was part of caesar creek, or at least it was attached to the caesar creek state park–it’s hard to tell from the map & the park & the reservoir if there’s actually a creek involved anymore. but there were men fishing on it, and things jumping, and sparkling water, and so i consider it a successful quest. after that, our next quest was to drive to louisville (check), actually acquiring a free highway map of kentucky on the way (check–and we found an open center to give us an ohio one, too), take pictures of the giant bat(s) outside the louisville slugger factory/museum (check), and ascertain that louisville is, indeed, as weird as it’s proud of itself for being. evidence of the weird: pimpcar, flames, penguins!

then we followed paul’s and isaac’s instructions to seek out lynn’s paradise café–which paul led me to from where we were via google on his end & texting to mine, like any good chloé would–and once we’d turned where his successive texts told us to, paying enough attention to where we were that we actually would make it back out of louisville with only a few turn-arounds & far, far less guesswork than buffalo, we found the destination to be more than worth the recommendation and the many turns and the texting around the strange city and the late start to the afternoon!

at lynn’s, a number of things were true: it was just as bright and chaotic and wonderful inside as that café with the moon in its name in baltimore that l_stboy used to frequent and crow about and took me to exactly once, before he moved away. it had trees in the middle, with chickens stapled to them. the orcas. and dinosaurs. and lots of other weird, weird things. they were right in the middle of an ugly lamp contest; diners were to bring in ugly lamps–either already ugly or made that way–to add to the restaurant’s decor until the judging, at which time someone would win something wonderful, probably food. the food was wonderful. not cheap, but wonderful enough to keep us from caring (or maybe that was the mint julip). SK-L had a big old pile of french toast cooked up in So-Co with strawberries & chocolate & whipped cream & who knows what other kinds of rich, creamy goodness, and some sort of a beer he was well pleased with, and i had a fried green tomato sandwich (!!!) and a julip thick with clusters of fresh mint, which was not only tasty, it saved the day; i had been working up to a tantrum about how we weren’t going to have time to both tour some distilleries to taste kentucky bourbons and make it as far as we wanted to get that day (plus i’d said all along the two things i wanted to do in kentucky were see horses and have a mint julip), so lynn’s saved us the extra jaunting and got us farther down the highway without any more of my complaining!
where the day was saved:

plus, it came with the added bonuses of some had to have souvenirs and/or birthday presents for a few of our friends and charming photo opportunities in the parking lot. (as an aside, i saw horses in tennesee, virginia, and mississippi, but i had to pretend they were in kentucky, because they weren’t.) after that, we spent the rest of thursday pretty much the same way as we spent the rest post-lunch part of wednesday: we drove and drove and drove and drove (i had to text ranagar from nashville traffic passing by the sign announcing clarksville) and stopped as it got dark while we were still far enough outside the next major city to not pay city (or suburbia) hotel prices.

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18 08 2008
pooh_gal

Louisville!
Nice shot of the glass factory! Too bad we didn’t cross paths there. Same pictures, different must-go-to places (I’ll add this to next year’s list). I did get to try the bourbon, but I didn’t get my blog post up like you did.

18 08 2008
pooh_gal

Louisville!
Nice shot of the glass factory! Too bad we didn’t cross paths there. Same pictures, different must-go-to places (I’ll add this to next year’s list). I did get to try the bourbon, but I didn’t get my blog post up like you did.

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