Franklin, KY

April 19, 2018

We left Nashville and the Seven Points Campground after 6 days on 3 sites. There were no more available sites so we moved about an hour north to Dad’s Bluegrass Campground. It’s a fairly basic park, all pull thru’s and with Passport America works out to a reasonable price. This was our last stop on the way home. We just had to wait long enough for the winter to go away in Ontario.

Franklin isn’t a huge town but it does have a nice historic area. There were trees in the town square wrapped with crocheted items which seemed a bit odd. We found out from a visit to an art gallery that it’s for an upcoming festival. We stopped into a small hobby store that was jammed with die cast cars and plastic model kits. Jane asked if they had a 1965 Ford Galaxie and they produced two different ones. She picked the red one that matched the one sitting in the garage at home. Janes’ grandfather purchased the car new and it’s been passed though her father and now to her.

On March 1, 1968 Johnny Cash and June Carter were married at the church on the back side of the town square. Didn’t get a picture of the church as I didn’t know this fact until after we left. We did walk past it though.

We drove up to Bowling Green on the Wednesday (18th) to visit the National Corvette Museum. If you have any interest in Corvette’s then it’s the place to go. The museum covers the full history of the car from the 1953, first model year. In Febuary 2014 the center of the main display area collapsed into a sink hole and eight cars were damaged or destroyed as they dropped into the hole. Not all the cars will be restored. The last of the 3 is the ’62 which was completed in February. The rest are either too damaged or would require so many new parts that they would no longer be of historic value.

I stitched 4 pictures together to create the panorama of all 7 generations of Corvette. The brand new ZR1 is awaiting customer pickup at the museum which is an option for new Corvettes at pruchase time.

After the museum we headed to the historic area of downtown Bowling Green. Unfortunately it was quite a dissapointment. Half of the retail units in the old buildings were empty. For those that had businesses in them, most seemed to be lawyers or investment companies. The town square had a nice restored cast iron fountain in the middle but it had a big fence around it.

On Thursday (19th) afternoon we drove down the highway a couple of miles to Kentucky Downs racetrack where they have a slots casino. We signed up for the players club and each got 15$ in play credits. Jane ended up losing all of hers in just over an hour. I had mine up to 39$ when we stopped for a couple of beers at the bar. Jane had a Gumball Head wheat beer fomr 3 Floyds Brewing in Indiana. I had an IPA from West Sixth Brewing in Lexignton KY. Both were good beers and we went back to the slots after. Well, I did, Jane had no money  left. After another bit of playing I was down to 19$ so we closed out and left the casino up 8$ (19$ – 11$ for beers). Not bad for an afternoon of entertainment.

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8 thoughts on “Franklin, KY”

  1. We have almost an identical setup as yourselves. We have a 2013 Jayco Pinnacle 36REQS, pulled by a 2011 Ford F350 dually, extended cab, LB, diesel. We live in Stirling, just outside of Belleville. I have a sister who lives in Wasaga Beach.

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    1. Had forgotten to update that page. Last fall I traded the dually for a Chev 3500HD CCSB SRW. The truck is my daily driver and I was tired of using a dually for that. Also it was an early build ’11 and I was concerned about dropping an exhaust valve or blowing the turbo, known issues on early ’11’s.

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  2. Loved that museum we we there before the damage was done.
    Nothing like getting paid for an afternoons entertainment.
    The snow is melting quickly here now you should be good in a few more days.

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  3. RE your comment from Travels with CC and Dixie…We were in SKP Saguaro for a week and left on Jan 6. We were on site 106 and did see an ON plated MH a couple of rows up and over towards the water tank hill. Never saw anybody outside to say hi to. Was that you guys? Steve & Jane/RollingFromWasaga.wordpress.com

    I was looking over some posts on our blog today and noticed this comment I missed. Figured the best way to respond to you was back on your blog and sorry for late response.
    Steve, I don’t think that was us. We were on the opposite side, northern most side I guess, on Tamarisk Ln. We have been here/there several times and always enjoyed the park and area. Great hiking in the arroyos and the hills near the water tower.
    Have you made plans for this 18/19 yet?

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    1. Chris, I’ll reply here and see if you see it and if not I’ll comment back on your blog. We’ll be leaving from here as soon after Xmas as weather permits. We’re booked in to the Xscapers Convergence in Havasu then the Mexico one a couple of weeks later. Other than that we’ll be stopping in Quartzsite, Yuma, Borrego, Desert Hot Springs taking us to the end of March then hoping to go up to Death Valley and points east from there if April is warm enough. What about yourselves?

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      1. Hi. We are leaving Dec1 and just hanging around the gulf coast of AL this year. Mostly at the SKP in Summerdale. We did a trip out west last year all the way to SanDiego. We have been alternating between FL and AZ each year. Luckily Michael missed a couple parks we like in FL panhandle and AL, so we are all set. We also have to replace 4 rear tires on our coach this year so we are watching the budget. I imagine we will be out west again in 19/20 as we love it so much like you guys.
        BTW Steve your face does look familiar so perhaps we exchanged hellos in SKP Saguaro. We would ride our bikes everyday on the roads in the park so perhaps we crossed paths.
        Safe travels Steve and Jane.

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      2. We did do at least one event in the clubhouse @ SKP and also a few of the happy hrs at the top of the park so we may have seen each other.

        I saw your blog back when you first started it and remember you using the name CC Rider for the MH. We boated Georgian Bay in a cabin cruiser for a few yrs in the late 80’s, it was named CC Rider. I saw that you’re from Albion Hills area. Jane and I are from various areas in Caledon & Orangeville and she lived on Hwy 50 by the train bridge south of Albion Hills before she left home, her brother lives there now.

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  4. Small world about your boats name and living in Orangeville area. Has Jane got “trains” in her blood now? I lived in Hockley valley and then town of Orangeville ’85-01, during my other life I call it.
    Caron and I started fulltiming in July 2011. Albion hills conservation area was convenient to Toronto. where friends and family lived so we stayed there over the summers but was very expensive, and weekends were hell with party campers from TO and Bolton. We prayed for torrential rains every weekend. We eventually moved to Bayfield Oct 2015 when we bought a house here near The Bayfield Bunch… Al and Kelly. In fact Al showed us this house that we purchased. Its a massive relief to come back here every spring, and spend a quiet summer, believe me.
    Don’t want to clog up your comments area here Steve. I’d be happy to continue our correspondence. Please use my gmail.com address. cabull@
    Cheers

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