July 30, 2022
A large group turned out for this day's driving event. Mark outlined the drive. Dave collected signatures and distributed maps with Cheryl's help. He also gave a safety btirfing. A couple of minutes later, the first group of cars left the Newburgh Lock and Dam parking lot and headed east on Indiana 66.
Not long after, the second group pulled out, passed the aluminum plant, and cruised through Reo and Rockport to find the southbound US 231 entrance ramp. It was near the Rockport Power Plant and we climbed onto the William H. Natcher Bridge.
The Natcher Bridge is a modern, cable-stayed bridge that spans the Ohio River. It was completed and opened to traffic in 2002.
We left 231 soon after crossing the river. Friendly oncoming traffic allowed us to proceed through this intersection
When no one was looking, a pickup truck and a couple of SUVs joined our group
We and caught up with the first SIR group at this rest stop.
Underway again, we enjoyed some of Kentucky's entertaining roads.
Anticipsting what may lie ahead adds to the fun.
Perhaps we will find comfortable rural homes along a county road.
Maybe some pleasant scenery.
Or just maybe, this sign and some good food at the Park Lodge.
We went in search of the hot buffet line.
As usual, the food was good and reasonably priced. At this table, (Clockwise, starting with Dale Fatland in Black shirt) Dale, Mitch Deep, Norman Hurst, Gary Huber, Alan Fierst and Scott Klueh. Not Pictured: Manuel Ramirez.
At the second table: Dave Hostetter on left side. Not shown: Criss Yelton and Jerry and Susan Jindrich Right side (L-R): Amber Henderson, Matt Minniear, Cheryl and Mark Roethemeier.
At this table (L-R): Don Brandennburg, Mike Kinder, Rich Gustafson,, Gary Maier, Kim Kinder and Donna Brandenburg.
At our last table (clockwise from Pam Faris): Pam and Mark Faris, Dean Becher, Jerry Smith (out of shot), Lea Ann Smith Smith, Jacque Becher, Jean and Joe Wolf and Doug Ramey.
Eric and Kathy Lookofsky also made the drive but did not stay for lunch,
The Rough River drive is always enjoyabe. It is not as quick and exciting as some of our other favorites, but it never fails to be a good way to spend a few hours on a weekend.
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