Relaxing on the Riverfront in Huntsville

Trip Start Aug 18, 2008
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Anne and Leonard Monk's

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Yesterday the drive from Cincinnati to Huntsville seemed really long to us. I told Steve that it doesn't help that we get started so late - we didn't get on the road until 11:00 am...he agreed that we should really try to get started earlier on travel days, but you all have gathered by now that he is not a morning person. He really likes to sleep in, and in all fairness, he is the one doing all of the driving so I have let him get whatever rest he needs.

Once again, Cocoa was a bit unsettled for the first part of the drive, it seemed that she was not able to get comfortable anywhere in the truck. Eventually she went back into her bed and slept a good part of the way. Gonzo on the other hand, went into the kennel and laid down and for the most part stayed there until we arrived in Huntsville. He seems to be quite contented in the truck. This is not his first cross country trip. He drove with us back from California 10 years ago.

The roadway through Louisville was like being on a roller coaster. The dips in the road were ferocious. It was a good thing that we had taken the time to make sure the trailer was loaded properly or we would have had not only a disaster inside the trailer, but a real fear of loosing it off the back of the truck. Thank heavens, it was attached very well and we were able to get through the area without incident.

Kentucky's rolling hills and lush countryside was a pleasure to experience. We absolutely enjoyed the scenery as we were passing through the state. It was a warm (36 Degrees Celsius/95 Degrees Fahrenheit) and sunny day for the most part. Just before we hit Bowling Green, we got a rain storm that cooled things off by over 10 degrees almost instantly. The rain didn't last long.

Going up and down the hills of Kentucky gave us a small sample of what it is going to be like when we go through the mountains. It is going to be slow going. We have to expect that what would generally take 5 hours will take us more like 7 hours with the trailer.

We only had one scary incident during our trip yesterday...Steve saw a car in his mirror that came within inches of the trailer...he thinks that the driver was distracted or fell asleep and just clued in just before hitting the trailer. Lucky for us that he was able to avoid an accident. It just goes to show that you have to be aware of what other drivers are doing at all times.

Going through the cities, with all of the multi-lanes drivers seem to think they are all racing in the Indie 500. We are totally amazed by watching others drive that there are not more accidents on the roads. It doesn't seem to matter what speed limits are posted, the drivers make up their own rules.

When we finally got to Anne and Leonard's place it was 7:00 pm. Anne had made a wonderful dinner for us and we relaxed and visited with them and their son-in-law Jeff. Around 9:00 Leonard said he was going out to feed the Raccoons - we thought that he was kidding...but no...he really was going out to feed the raccoons. There is a family of about 8 that come by every night for a feast. Anne and Leonard said that if they do not feed them, they get into the garden and destroy it...so they would rather feed them. Besides, it is a real source of entertainment and across the river, the raccoons are hunted...so one side of the river is a safe haven where the other is a danger zone.

As I am sitting here writing this, there are so many hummingbirds and zipping around the back patio that it would be impossible to even count them. It is like a sanctuary for wildlife. Anne and Leonard also have two dogs and three cats. They have a beautiful house and have basically given us a suite with two bedrooms and bathroom for us and the two cats. Cocoa and Gonzo seem to be quite comfortable here so far. We all had a great sleep.

I can't wait to get some photos up for you to see what a beautiful patio and home they have here on the riverfront. Today is just going to be a relaxing day watching the wildlife and visiting with Anne and Leonard. It is warm, sunny and so peaceful.
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