Sunday, August 30, 2009


It's been a couple of weeks since our last post. We were enjoying the company of the DeCarlo's in Shepherdstown, KY, when we experienced a mechanical issue that had to be addressed, and would mean we needed to think about heading for the Tiffin factory in Red Bay, Alabama, earlier than we had anticipated. The problem meant we had no front air conditioner, water heater or microwave oven. The transfer switch had shorted - don't even ask me what that is.

However, we did have the back air conditioner and a coffee maker. So we decided to enjoy a day in Elizabethtown, not too far away, where we had planned a day excursion. The Schmidt's Coca Cola Museum, one of the biggest collection of Coca Cola memorabilia EVER - they say bigger than the Museum in Atlanta. At the end of the tour you can purchase a nickel coke.

Another famous attraction in Elizabethtown was Swope's Cars of Yesteryear, a private collection of automobiles and rare vintage automobiles. There's even a letter from Clyde Barrow (of the Bonnie and Clyde fame)to Henry Ford complimenting the performance of the Ford V8.

Before we say goodbye to Ray, Louise and Abby, we head south and spend the night in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the location of the Corvette Plant and the National Corvette Museum. We all picked out Corvettes - there were several waiting to be picked up by their new owners. So much history! The Corvette plant is still open - however, they were closed for a couple of weeks when we came through. We found a campground called River Bend which would be the dream of everyone who loves amusement parks - this place comes alive on the weekends...we had caught it JUST right!

We say our goodbye's to Ray and Louise the next morning. They head back to Florida and we go our separate ways while navigating through Nashville. We wanted to stop so bad to see some close friends; however, it was now a necessity to get to Red Bay...on the northwestern side of Alabama - about a mile from Mississippi.

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