Sorry for a delay in posting, been kinda busy catching up and dodging storms.
Left Springfield around 10 this morning and leisurely made our way towards home. The plan is to check out a few attractions along the way and make it to St Louis by tonight's Cardinal game. Stopped at a couple antique stores, found a few small must haves for friends back home, then decided to make it to Kentucky to check out Patti's 1880's Settlement which we had seen the signs for several times on previous trips. We had asked about this place at the hotel we stayed at in Paducah and everyone said "great food at the restaurant, neat town and the best Christmas Light show in the country".
Well it wasn't Christmas but a good meal sounded fine so we followed the signs off the interstate for about 3 miles to the turn into the "town". The road was lined with American flags and a nice parking area but we decided to drive thru to get a feel of the area and see where we wanted to start our walk around. We had heard they had a fire in the kitchen in Feb. of 2018, but figured they would have it fixed long ago. Slight miscalculation! The fire had pretty much destroyed the restaurant and the rebuild was only 70 percent done - it was much bigger than we imagined! In the month of Dec. of 2017 they served over 50,000 meals! So we decided to look around the grounds anyway, and were pleasantly surprised by the feel of the place and the obviously family influence of the whole endeavor. They didn't open the shops and attractions until Memorial day so we had solitary access to explore the grounds. As we got to the back side of the restaurant construction area, I was watching the workers and taking a few pictures when I noticed an older man sitting under a tree. We struck up a conversation, and it soon became evident he was the son of the founding couple and current owner. After a 30 minute talk , we left with lots of info and an invitation to come back when they reopened. The last thing Chip said was to be sure to try one of the pork chops, so as we were leaving we stopped by the food truck and ordered one to go. It was 1in. thick, big, tender and without a doubt the best chop I have ever had! We will definitely go back when they reopen.
Back on the road to the Cardinal game and decided to check our email and guess what, email from the Cardinals, due to severe weather forecasted for this evening-they were rescheduling the game for Wed. as a part of a day/nite double header. One look at the radar and we decided to head for home by the northern route to miss the worst of the storms. Good decision as we made it almost home before we even hit any rain. Got Red home and inside. dried her off and unloaded.
So this is a temporary pause in our travels, rest up, oil change, and a couple upgrades and we should be on the road again around the middle of June for our biggest trip of the year to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary! Going west and plan to make this year's Penticton then on tour to see many old friends out west.
Till then - stay safe and we will see you all down the road!
Pics 1-3 Patti's Settlement grounds
Pic 4 part of the new construction
pic 5 Jim & Lois with owner Chip Tullar