Sunday, August 23, 2009

Into Kentucky

3599 - 4176

Sorry, a bit late with this one. Last night was a late one, especially crossing into Eastern Time.

I am now in Louisville, the land of my adolescence. My sister Ellen lives here, along with numerous friends, so I will stay a few days. But I am sure you are all interested in my journey across Missouri and Kentucky to get here.

I decided to "blue highway" it, meaning to avoid interstates and use the backroads that appear blue on maps.

My goal was a meal at famous Lambert's in Sikeston, Missouri. Lambert's is well known for its home cookin' and especially their "thrown rolls," which are literally thrown to you across the restaurant. Nets are optional (seriously). I saw this place on the Travel Channel or Cooking Channel and could not resist.

I arrived at 3:30 on Saturday. There was an hour wait. Sorry, Lambert's, I had to experience you visually only.

Quick stop in Charleston, Missouri at Henry's Barber Shop. Supposedly he has the World's Biggest Hairball. Unfortunately, Henry's was closed Saturday. Too bad, I needed a trim. I did like the birdhouses.

I crossed the Mississippi over this narrow two lane bridge, touched down for a few hundred yards in Illinois, then another narrow bridge over the Ohio into Kentucky. That was a lot more intersting than an interstate crossing!

Next goal was the Pine Knob Theater, near Caneyville, Kentucky, an outdoor theater that has been around 23 seasons. I am not sure how. The show was Daddy Took The T-Bird Away, a vehicle to perform 50s songs. It was awful. I have seen many high school shows that were better. It was bizarrely slow, the singing was mostly off, and the actors were either too young or too old for their parts. I think one cheerleader actually went to high school in the 50s. The star athlete, in leather jacket, had a bald spot going, and could neither sing nor dance. Much of the rest of the cast was girls, looking either junior high age or their mothers. I did, however, like the vintage cars they used!

At intermission most of the cast was in the lobby chatting with folks who obviously knew them. I did not know them. I left.

I am in Louisville the next few days, so the blog will be spotty.


  1. "I did not know them. I left." That line needs to live on.

  2. If you pass by Watterson Elementary school in Louisville (Jefferson County) you can wave hi to my sister (the new guidance counselor). Looks like your travels are taking you to some of America's finest places :) What's our fascination with making giant things (heads of presidents, spoons, forks, dogs, etc). That sounds like a good coffee table book - Strangely Fascinating Giant American Things.

    Take care!

  3. If you like "Strangely Fascinating Giant American Things" so far, you're going to love it when Ted gets to Texas.