Had an excellent first travel day. Once into Indiana, I mostly traveled by back roads instead of the interstate. While they were more interesting than the high-speed roads, I also found out how many tractors and slow moving combines are roaming those back roads.
I also began to believe that Indiana was the “Yard Sale Capitol” after seeing literally hundreds of them along the way. I finally stopped for some photos and asked one of the sellers – it is the start of the annual “World’s Longest Yard Sale” which stretches the length of U.S. Route 40 from St. Louis to Baltimore. And they had everything from homemade kitsch to cars and trucks lining the road.
Just outside Franklin, IN is an oddity with a fascinating story. It is a grave complete with stone situated right in the center of a country road. According to the historical marker, it is the final resting place of Nancy Kerlin Barnett who died in 1831. Her husband, William, was the great, great, great grandson of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. When the government moved the cemetery to make room for the road, their grandson, Daniel Doty, threatened to shoot anyone who tried to move her grave. He maintained vigilance over the site until the state finally gave up and built the road around it.
It got pretty hot on those country roads. So hot that one house, apparently, just gave up:
Actually, this was an art sculpture at Indianapolis’ ArtsPark. (More pictures of this awesome building on the “Day One – Indiana Photos” page.)
As the day was winding down, I stopped to eat at the Mayberry Cafe in Danville. Lots of Andy Griffith memorabilia and many TVs playing the old episodes continuously. (Great food, too).
Stopping for the night in Crawfordsville, IN. There are some interesting (and quirky) museums to see here tomorrow.
Today’s Travel: 302 miles