Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Lexington Kentucky & Madison Indiana

Thursday (Sep 17):

We left Crossville and headed north to Lexington to spend one night at the Kentucky Horse Park. We got a site that was open to the south so we were able to put up our satellite dish. On our earlier stay at this campground we were under several large trees and only got over the air signals from Lexington. Since we were spending only one night we only got out what we needed. This is a very nice park that is only missing sewer hook-ups.

Friday-Monday (Sep 18-21):

We made the trip north from Lexington to the Madison Indiana City Park Campground. This is a small city campground with only a few sites. We were assigned to Site 1 which is one of the few they have to accommodate rigs the size of The Duchess. The sites in the campground are right on the Ohio River and since we pulled the RV straight into the site (rather than backing in) our front windshield looked out on the river.
View of the Ohio River

Bridge between Indiana and Kentucky

Site 1 @ Madison City Park Campground
Madison has a nice paved walk along the Ohio River that we took advantage of while we were there. There a several restaurants located along the river along with some play areas for kids.

On Saturday morning we got a call from Tim & Kim Medley (a couple we met through RV-Dreams) who live in Union Kentucky which is about an hour away from Madison. They were free on Saturday and decided to come visit us in Madison. We had a very nice visit with them and then went out to eat at Hinkle's Sandwich Shop, a local hamburger place. After lunch we walked around Madison for a while until it started raining. Tim and Kim are not full timers (yet) but are taking extended trips in their 5th wheel trailer. This winter they will spend several months camping in northern Florida and southern Alabama.



Tim & Kim invited us to  join them for dinner back in Union KY that evening at their neighbor's house, Ty and Christine's along with spending the night at their place. We packed up our gear for the night and made the drive over to Union.  Once we arrived at the Medley's we had a quick drink and then drove up the street a couple of blocks to meet the neighbors for dinner. Ty is the director of golf at the Belterra Casino and Christine works for the casino in their marketing department.

Belterra Casino and Resort
On Sunday morning Tim cooked us breakfast (Connie's was impressed that Tim did the cooking - I'm suppose to learn something from this). Tim and I went over the Belterra Casino for a round of golf at the resort course while Connie and Kim went with Ty, Christine, Ty's mom Marilyn and their daughter Casey to the festival. After Tim and I finished the round of golf (I shot 81 while Tim had an 88) we took a quick tour of the casino and then ate some lunch at one of the restaurants in the hotel/casino complex.

Music at Octoberfest

The Cincinnati Octoberfest billed itself as the largest in the USA


From left: Marilyn, Ty and standing Kim 
More music at the festival

There were more than 300 vendors serving beer

Guide to the festival

Cincinnati Kelts Rugby Football Club booth (where Connie
tried one of their brews)

Procter & Gamble's headquarters building
(also called the "Dolly Partons")

Kim/Christine/Ty/Marilyn/Casey
Monday morning we packed up The Duchess and made the trip from Madison to the White River Campground near Cicero Indiana.