From Fort Boonesborough we continued heading north to Two Rivers Campground in Carrollton, Kentucky. Google Maps estimated our travel time to be one hour and forty five minutes but in reality it was over two hours. There was one stretch of road where we wound ‘round on top of a ridge. That stretch was an extremely curvy and narrow ten miles long and it took us about a half hour to go the distance. We were never more happy to see I-71 shortly after that.
Two Rivers Campground is a small but very nice campground on the Kentucky River with paved and almost level sites, full hook-up (yay!), a playground, and a nice, clean bath house.
As we were setting up the skies turned ominous…
… and we wondered what kind of night we were in for. Instead of Van Gogh’s Starry Night it was Stormy Night.
Thankfully the rains held off until we were finished setting up. We were even able to continue our tradition of finding a local spot to eat a few miles down the road in historic downtown where we ate at Welch’s Family Restaurant located by the river before the rain started. The food was OK but the view was fantastic. We watched a tug boat pushing some loaded down barges up the river while we waited for our food.
Night time brought some heavy rain but thankfully all was well with everyone in the campground and there was no storm damage locally. These days you just never know so when one comes out at the end of a storm unscathed it’s a good thing.
We were in need of some groceries so the following day we went to Kroger in the newer part of town by the interstate. I was glad to see a Kroger in town. It gave us the opportunity to earn some highly valued fuel points. And, even though we had not eaten before we shopped we stuck to our list and no unhealthy snacks found their way into the buggy.
On the way home we stopped at Mi Viejo Mexican restaurant for a bite to eat. They offered a buffet so after checking it out that’s what we both went with. It was delicious and probably some of the most flavorful Mexican food I’ve had since we lived out West.
While Ronnie rested I grabbed my camera and took a short walk…
The Kentucky River flows right behind our camp site and I couldn’t help but think that this beautiful blue bridge that spans it should be the color of the bridge in our old town of Irvine. The towns folk bleed blue not only for the Kentucky Wildcats but for their Estill County High School Engineers as well. However, the bridge in Irvine just (and I do mean just – the bridge was unveiled just this week) got a fresh coat of green paint. Maybe next time.
I was also curious about these pillars standing tall beside the bridge…
They’re directly across each other on each bank. My guess is that they once supported a train track? Again, it’s just a guess. I just thought they were cool.
The following day we unfolded the bikes and took a short ride to the river. Carrollton’s River Walk is a paved walking trail along the Ohio and Kentucky River banks. It begins (or ends depending on where you start!) in the campground about where our truck is and wraps around behind our camper…
… and leads to a nice park, Point Park, on the Ohio River. There was a serious soccer match going on; people sitting on benches or walking; and a fella launching his boat at the boat ramp. There’s a small splash park for the kiddos and a skate ramp for those a bit more daring. It’s the perfect place for a picnic, with shelters and public restrooms, basketball court, volleyball court, and the walking trail. Point Park is aptly named as its location is where the Kentucky River meets the Ohio River.
The Kentucky River was always muddy in Irvine and is muddy even this far north – constant runoff from the surrounding mountains I suppose. Here, the mud seemed to just stop right where it met the Ohio River without flowing into it.
As we were admiring the view from one of the benches another tug boat was making its way down the river with five empty barges.
It was moving along much quicker than the loaded down tug boat we saw going upriver the other night.
Two Rivers Campground had a good WiFi and Internet signal which meant we were able to watch a few shows on Amazon Prime and I was able to get caught up on blogging. I’ve done a little bit of research regarding Internet for RVers and it appears to be costly no matter which option we would choose. So, the verdict is still out on that. Meanwhile, we’ll just use whatever is available at campgrounds that provide it.
Our last day full day at Two Rivers was a most gorgeous day! The door and windows were open and there was a nice, cool breeze blowing all day making it quite comfortable to be outside. Mid-afternoon we hopped on the bikes and rode to Welch’s for some ice cream. The River Walk takes you to Main Street so it was an easy, safe ride. After enjoying some Butter Pecan ice cream in a waffle cone we rode along Main Street. Ronnie popped into the hardware store for some washers for our water filter then we popped into a boutique to have a look around. I’m always hesitant to do any sort of shopping because we are limited on space. We’re almost to the point of having to get rid of something if we bring something new in so if I don’t shop then there’s little chance that we’ll get to that point. But, there are times when curiosity gets the better of me!
While we had full hook-up Miss LizzieBelle got a much needed bath. She’s never cared for water other than to drink it. In fact, one time while I was floating on the Colorado River with her on my lap she bailed on me. Without warning she literally jumped out of my lap into the water and swam back to shore. She had had enough of that floating in water nonsense, ha! Anyway, she tolerates the bath because she knows she gets a tasty treat when it’s all said and done.
I was reading a very old magazine I had brought with me and I ran across a recipe for Marinated Cheese. I tossed the magazine without saving the recipe but being a Cheese-aholic I’ve thought of nothing else since. I decided to make some using ingredients I had on hand and from what I could remember of the recipe. This is what I came up with..
- 4 oz. or 1/2 block white sharp cheddar (can use provolone, mozzarella, Colby jack, etc.) cut into cubes
- thinly sliced garlic clove (I used two small cloves)
- several pinches of rosemary garlic spice (can use whatever spice(s) you like)
- enough extra virgin olive oil to coat (I used a 1/4 cup or less)
Combine everything in an air tight container and let marinate for at least four hours. About an hour before eating let the cheese come to room temperature.
Ronnie asked me what I was making and he was less than thrilled saying it didn’t sound very good. I told him he didn’t have to eat any (which would mean more for me!). However, when it was ready I forked a piece of cheese and gave it to him. He ate it. And, he liked it saying it was very good! Well, phooey, looks like I’ll have to share.
Till next time friends!
Dates at Two Rivers Campground: June 6 – 10