August 21, 2021
Warrick County cornfields were kind of pretty in early morning light. We needed to leave earlier than normal because this was going to be a long drive and our destination was in the Eastern time zone.
The weather forecasters predicted cloudy to partly cloudy skies with the sun coming out in the afternoon. Mark Roethemeier predicted lots of driving pleasure with a chance of interesting shopping after lunch. We signed forms, received instructions and hit the road.
We followed the usual route north toward Boonville.
A bypass west of Boonville would save a little time as we made our way to Interstate 64.
From Lynnville to the HWY 145 exit took less than 30 miniutes.
Then we crossed the Interstate and dove into the deep dark woods for a rollicking good ride up to Birdseye, a distance of just over 7 miles.
This was a deceptively smooth stretch. The roller coaster nature of this highway made photography almost impossible. You need to drive it to appreciate the wonderful playfulness of Indiana's highway engineers.
To prove the point, note the odd sequencing of speed limit signs.
In Birdseye HWY 145 turned eastward and later to the north as we worked our way toward French Lick.
In French Lick we picked up HWY 56 and followed it through West Baden Springs and on to Paoli and Salem.
In Salem, we found HWY 135, which we expected to take us all the way to Nashville.
We were looking forward to some final thrilling miles from near Freetown to Nashville, but someone had other plans for us. Construction crews gave us a lovely detour instead, complete with congestion.
We eventually reached Nashville and the Artists Colony Inn and Restaurant.
We dined at one long table. Most of the ladies settled at one end. At the end: Jacque Becher. Far side from left: Linda Barth, Susan Jindrich, Cheryl Roethemeier. Right side: Pam Faris and Mary Swihart.
Many of the guys took the other end. From left: Alan Fierst, Mark Roethemeier, Don Brandenburg, Mark Faris (green shirt, facing away), Dean Becher and Scott Klueh. Jerry Jindrich was taking pictures.
Somewhere along the middle. Top left: Rob Swihart. Top right: Norman Hurst and Mark Faris. Bottom Left: Dean, Scott and Mark again. Bottom left: Don and Donna Brandenburg, Rob and Mary Swihart. Bottom right: Dean, Scott and Mark again (just for fun)
After lunch, the question was, as always, go shopping or head home? Nashville boasts dozens of unusual shops offering items rarely seldom seen in our local stores.
This Nashville shopping opportunity was just across the street from the Artists Colony Inn.
These were nearby. It was a hot day, but...
It was too bad about the detour. We drove those final miles from HWY 50 to Nashville back in November of 2016 and were left with vivid memories. Regardless, this trip kept us busy and entertained for hours.
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