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A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA

   During the last half of June, I embarked on two roadtrips, each one four days in length, with an equal number of days at home between trips. Ordinarily I wouldn't think of planning a pair of long trips this close together, but a last minute "invitation" ( actually a flyer that came in the mail ) to a science-fiction film fans' convention in Butler PA made the grueling travel schedule necessary. At the time that the flyer arrived, I already had plans to drive down to Kentucky on June 16th to join fellow Roadfooder Louis for a couple of days of visiting Roadfood-reviewed places in the western part of the state. When I saw that the convention was scheduled for the following weekend ( the 25th ), I initially thought that I'd pass on the event due to the potential travel overload. That was until I noticed that the legendary 1950s B-movie producer-director Bert I. Gordon ( Amazing Colossal Man, Earth Vs. the Spider, Attack of the Puppet People etc. ) was one of the scheduled guests. That changed everything. Mr. Gordon ( known to fans as "Mr. B.I.G." ) is the man behind some of my favorite low-budget monster flicks, and I wasn't about to pass up an opportunity to meet him. So.....
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/12 21:46:30 (permalink)
    "Low-budget Monster Flicks"?????
    Is there an Academy Award Category for those??
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/12 22:04:15 (permalink)
       I got a very early start, well before daylight, on the morning of the 16th so that I could meet up with Louis Hatchett in his hometown of Henderson KY by mid-afternoon, yet still have plenty of time to stop and take pictures enroute. Originally I was going to take US 41 south to Evansville IN, which is right across the Ohio River from Henderson, but the night before departure I decided to take Illinois Hwy. 1 down to western KY as it provided more in the way of scenic photo opportunities, along with a chance to visit a Roadfood-reviewed restaurant in Marion KY.

     


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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/12 22:08:56 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    "Low-budget Monster Flicks"?????
    Is there an Academy Award Category for those??


    Nope, there isn't, but if I was in charge of the Academy that would change!
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 00:21:19 (permalink)
       I didn't stop for breakfast until I reached Danville IL, which is about a hundred miles or so south of Chicago. Schedule and budget made a quick, cheap breakfast a necessity, so I just grabbed a sausage and egg biscuit at Hardee's.




    This abandoned highway bridge over the Little Vermilion River south of Danville has been out of service for so many years that trees and other foliage have grown all over its deck.



    I found this Frostop root beer stand in Chrisman IL; it's one of the handful of survivors of a once extensive chain of drive-ins.








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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 07:13:22 (permalink)
    I like the rootbeer sign, haven't seen one of those before!
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 08:54:36 (permalink)
    Bob, I love B horror movies! Can't wait for the rest of the report!
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 11:11:49 (permalink)
    agnesrob

    Bob, I love B horror movies! Can't wait for the rest of the report!


    Are you implying something about Bobbo's reports?
     
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 15:35:03 (permalink)
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    agnesrob

    Bob, I love B horror movies! Can't wait for the rest of the report!


    Are you implying something about Bobbo's reports?
     
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    If she is, it's okay with me. Frankly, some of my roadtrips over the years would have made great horror movies ( believe me, you don't wanna know!! ) " />
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 15:41:12 (permalink)
       This classic example of ancient advertising is located in downtown Chrisman.




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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 17:39:52 (permalink)
       Around noontime ( and with lunch on my mind ) I arrived in the Ohio River town of Cave In Rock, located in the southern tip of Illinois. Cave In Rock State Park, featuring a geological formation popular with visitors, is on the town's east side.








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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 22:19:48 (permalink)
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    I like the rootbeer sign, haven't seen one of those before!

    Same here !!!!!

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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 22:21:32 (permalink)
    "downtown" Chrisman... love those kind of street scenes ..
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 22:26:59 (permalink)
       Before taking the ferry boat across the river to the Kentucky side, I headed over to the very photogenic Cave In Rock State Park.









    The cave entrance is just around the corner...






    ... and here it is. As caves go, though, it's not very big.




    This is it, basically just one big "room", but it's still popular with tourists.





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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 22:48:06 (permalink)
       Now it was back to the car for a boat ride to Kentucky and lunch at Marion Pit Bar-B-Q...











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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/13 23:16:32 (permalink)
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    Bob,

    No one captures the excitement of an empty road quite the same way you do.
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    Bob,

    No one captures the excitement of an empty road quite the same way you do.


    Thank you, sir. It's a skill that I've spent many years cultivating.
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/14 08:31:24 (permalink)
    Carolina Bob

    Originally I was going to take US 41 south to Evansville IN, which is right across the Ohio River from Henderson, but the night before departure I decided to take Illinois Hwy. 1 down to western KY as it provided more in the way of scenic photo opportunities, along with a chance to visit a Roadfood-reviewed restaurant in Marion KY.

     
    I've never taken IL-1 any farther south than Georgetown and Mill Road, which goes east to meet up with IN-234, and was thinking of driving it as far as Lawrenceville next month and then crossing into the Hoosier State.
     
    But now since you've totally ruined it for me I guess I'll take IN-63 to Terre Haute instead.  Thanks a lot, pal.
     
    Although I've heard there's a good pizza place in Bloomington, which might get you off the hook.
     
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/14 10:49:29 (permalink)
    Cave-in Rock is far more than a 'big room' that attracts tourists.  For years it was the most dangerous point for travelers heading down the Ohio River to pass. It was the haven for River-pirates, Robbers, and all manner of nasty bad-guys. They based themselves in the cave, keeping a lookout for the downstream traffic to raid.

    These weren't Robin Hood kinda guys...These were nasty mean men who would sooner kill than not. Many families met their demise thinking they could buy their way passed the outlaws at the Cave-in-Rock.
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/14 14:59:27 (permalink)
       There's no bridge across the Ohio River at Cave In Rock; instead there is a small ferry boat that carries vehicles free of charge over to the Kentucky side, where IL 1 becomes KY 91. The ferry operation is funded by both states.











    Welcome to Kentucky...



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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/14 15:23:36 (permalink)
    I love the ferries. The last one I rode was across the Mississippi River at Friars Point before they built the bridge. The ferry pilot was Mr. Jenkins, father of Conway Twitty. 
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/14 22:53:09 (permalink)
       Now back on solid ground, I headed south on KY 91 to the town of Marion...




    ... and the Roadfood-reviewed Marion Pit Bar-B-Q.



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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/15 00:52:27 (permalink)
    mayor al

    Cave-in Rock is far more than a 'big room' that attracts tourists.  For years it was the most dangerous point for travelers heading down the Ohio River to pass. It was the haven for River-pirates, Robbers, and all manner of nasty bad-guys. They based themselves in the cave, keeping a lookout for the downstream traffic to raid.

    These weren't Robin Hood kinda guys...These were nasty mean men who would sooner kill than not. Many families met their demise thinking they could buy their way passed the outlaws at the Cave-in-Rock.


    Al, you are correct about the historic "outlaw hangout" status of Cave-In-Rock.  Anyone who wants a more detailed history of the place can get it here:
    http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/R5/CAVEROCK.HTM#History
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/15 01:08:16 (permalink)
    6star, I watched How the West Was Won on DVD a few months back, and I didn't know until now that the sequence with Walter Brennan and his band of river pirates took place in Cave In Rock. Thanks for posting this.
    post edited by Carolina Bob - 2010/07/15 01:46:32
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/15 01:28:55 (permalink)
    Back to the 'que...


       Marion Pit Bar-B-Q is a small walk-up stand on US 60 that specializes in pulled pork sandwiches. Next to the stand is a miniscule screened-in structure that serves as a "dining room". The limited menu is posted next to the ordering window.




    Here's a view of the stand from inside of the "dining room".




    I ordered my sandwich with slaw and mild sauce, along with a side of potato salad. The barbecued pork was very good, and the slaw and sauce complemented each other nicely. A great little place that I look forward to visiting again someday.



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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/15 20:15:06 (permalink)
       After lunch I headed northeast on US 60 towards Henderson, where I was scheduled to meet up with Louis at his office around 3 PM.




    At one time, Mail Pouch barns were a common sight throughout the mid-South, but nowadays they're getting to be pretty rare.



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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/16 16:09:09 (permalink)


       I met up with Louis at his office in Henderson around 3 PM, and after I got signed in at my motel, we jumped onto the four lane Pennyrile Parkway for the approx. one hundred mile trip down to Oak Grove KY, home of Charlie's Steak House.















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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/16 16:34:31 (permalink)
       Charlie's Steak House has been in business since the 1950s and still has a '50s feel to it. The interior is rather dark but comfortable, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The photo shows Louis' steak as well as my own, and frankly we were both a bit disappointed by our slabs of moo. They looked very impressive when they were set before us, but I found myself pulling one blob of fat after another out of my steak, and both Louis and I felt that the kitchen was rather stingy with their famed garlic rub that night. The sides were okay. Not a bad meal but, IMO, not really worth its fairly hefty price tag either.






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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/16 18:05:38 (permalink)
    Carolina Bob,
    I consider myself a Traveler and a Roadfooder. I also live and travel in the areas you pass thru, and have many times used your trip reports as a basis for some of my trips.

    You have the ability to appreciate the wayside and the unique things that are only available off the beaten path.

    How dull life would be if we only stuck to the expressways and never slowed down to enjoy little things that make up the fabric of our world.
    Please,  continue on.
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    Re:A pair of back-to-back roadtrips: KY and PA 2010/07/16 18:13:40 (permalink)
       It was after dark when we left Oak Grove and headed back to Henderson. Just north of Oak Grove is the town of Hopkinsville, where on Main St. we drove past Ferrell's Hamburgers, a longtime local favorite. Louis and I were both too full for another meal so we passed on a chance for a burger, but I did get a very nice shot of Ferrell's old-time neon sign.







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