I woke up early and saw some nice color out the back window of our rig looking east over Rocky Fork Lake here at Rocky Fork State Park. It looked like it was going to be a pretty sunrise, so I grabbed a knit cap and ventured out with my camera in my PJs.
Yeah, I'd say it was a pretty sunrise. :)
I walked over to the dock in the day use area as the sun continued to creep above the horizon.
Herons and gulls and other species of birds were out and taking in the morning with me.
Eventually, I went back inside and warmed up while Linda slept in a little. We had 200 miles to go today, but there was no hurry. Well, except that we needed to get to the polls in Louisville before they closed at 6:00.
While Linda was enjoying her coffee, a couple of deer wandered into the campground.
As I slowly opened the door, they took notice ....
and then hustled away.
It was a lovely start to our day.
After awhile, we started getting ready. We did our usual routines, and pulled out around 11:30. After the few miles back to Hillsboro, we picked up U.S. 62 and took it south all the way to the Kentucky border where we crossed the very nice bridge at Maysville on U.S. 68. We then took U.S. 68 all the way to Lexington passing some of the beautiful horse farms in bluegrass country. It was a very laid back, pleasant route on good roads. We'll have to remember that as an option for getting through southern Ohio and avoiding the traffic of downtown Cincinnati and Louisville.
In Lexington, we picked up I-64 east just as it started to rain. I was getting low on fuel and couldn't remember the places between Lexington and Louisville for an easy fill-up. So, I just started taking exits where there were fuel signs indicating they had diesel. After three times exiting the highway only to discover I couldn't get the rig in and having to figure out how to turn around, I finally found a place on the fourth try at Exit 58 in Frankfort (although it was quite tight and probably wouldn't stop there again).
I just hadn't done my homework before we left this morning, and I didn't take the time to figure out where the travel stations were. Had I done so, I would have known that there was a Flying J and a Love's a few miles farther at Exit 43. We rarely fuel up the truck with the trailer in tow, so looking for accessible gas stations isn't part of my normal routine when planning our route. Oh well.
We reached the outskirts of Louisville, and took the large loop, I-265, south to I-65 below Louisville. We then continued south to Shepherdsville and pulled into Grandma's RV Park, a depressing RV park right next to the interstate and a giant flea market. But, it's still probably the best option among Louisville's array of poor choices.
They don't staff the office until late in the afternoon, so we pulled into our usual site and got set up. I had to fill our freshwater tank as it is now "winter season" and they don't allow you to keep your water hooked up overnight due to fear of freezing temps.
The sites are so close together, it's ridiculous. And the road noise is terrible. But we can hop on the interstate and get anywhere fairly easily. And its biggest saving grace is the field behind our rig which is home to several donkeys. Linda loves donkeys. :)
After setting up and cleaning ourselves up, we had a little less than an hour before the polls closed. It was about a half hour to get there and, fortunately, there were no lines. It was a simple ballot and we were out of there quickly.
Since the polling location is near our mailing address where our mail surrogates, Jeff & Stephanie, live, we went by to see them, and pick up any accumulated hard copies we needed. Stephanie opens, scans and emails our mail, and she only retains hard copies if we ask her to. With my father's recent death, there are some official documents we needed. Had we not been in town, she would have just mailed them to us in the pre-paid Priority envelopes we provide.
We went out for a quick bite and then back to their house for a little election conversation and results watching (after Jeff & I watched the highly important Top 25 college football show).
Back home, we were fascinated by the election coverage and I kept flipping channels to listen to all the different viewpoints and reactions. We were still up at 3:00 a.m. when it was "called" by the major networks.
We've got a lot to do tomorrow, and we're going to be very, very tired.