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Old 12-05-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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Along the Green River in KY

Local forecasts are predicting ugly weather for the next few days. I decided to take advantage of the last nice day for a while & go for a ride yesterday. I've never been one to just "go" without a clear destination or route mapped-out - I'm working on changing that, so I decided that I'd head down to the Green River, then follow the river east to see if I could find the headwaters.

'Twas a bit overcast at departure:



Fresh pavement on an old road:



Log walls, Truss Roof



Artistry in stone amazes me:





Breakfast time at Adolphus Ennis' Lunch Room.......aka: Dumas Walker's



Back on the road, chasing the river:



Say what'cha mean - Mean what'cha say:



I wasn't brave enough to attempt a watercrossing:



A "feeder creek" of the Green River........one of MANY:



Another:



I read an article on this not long ago.....didn't realize I was in the area:



"I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks" - 'Daniel Boone'



I need to be reminded of this from time to time:



Still headed up stream:



The FJR handled the unpaved portions well:



Stacked stone foundation on this old barn:



The river's shrinking:



This guy was quite interested in me:



These guys.........not so much:



Grass growing up through the chip-seal is never a good sign:



Turn-around time:



The only time I ever saw my dad totally lose his temper was the day he found our mailbox knocked off it's post by Saturday night hooligans with baseball bats..........this homeowner has solved the problem



Country store



Equals:

Beans & cornbread!!



Back to the chase.....:



and roads that end in fields:



A nice section of hard packed gravel:



Can't tell if I'm closing in on the start of the river:



More feeder streams:



I think the river's over there........somewhere:



Here it is:







A mansion in its day:



Smaller & smaller:



The scenery was more dramatic in person



With daylight running short, I consulted a map & headed toward McKinney. I couldn't tell from the map exactly where the Green River begins, so I just looked around for a bit:



Most grafitti makes no sense to me.......but this made me laugh!:



I just knew that I'd found the river's start:






but when I got home and checked googlemaps, I'd actually been at the head of McKinney Creek. VERY close to the start of Green River but not quite there

With daylight fading, I turned for home, stopping along the way only long enough to grab a pic of this old barn:







It was better than good......it was GREAT!
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:56 PM   #2
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Sweet. I'm going to listen to John Prine's "Paradise" in your honor.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:51 PM   #3
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Nice pics and report. You know, seeing those old buildings in disrepair makes me think back to their history. Who lived there? What were they like? Those old "shacks were once nice homes that their builders/owners loved and were proud of.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:46 PM   #4
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Nice share. My Father's family is from Adair and Green Counties and I heard many growing-up stories from my grandparents, back when these old buildings were still kept up and used. The area is on my ride list for the spring.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:07 AM   #5
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Great story and pics. I was out riding with some friends on Wednesday as well, and we did a bunch of little back roads up here in the northern part of the state...no gravel, but some less than stellar pavement for sure. I like riding this time of year because with the trees being bare, you can see a lot more of the structures and history of an area.

WHERE is the breakfast stop located? I'm a big fan of the band and would love to stop there sometime.
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:51 AM   #6
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Are you ever up by Danville? I live about 20 minutes from the knobs and usually venture out there without any particular routes.
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:22 PM   #7
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Nice post and great pics.
I would love to get down that way next summer as I head south.
This reminds me of the Chris Knight song Becky's Bible
"I'll be sitting in the jail house
with no need to be wishing
I'll ever get to fish the Green River again"
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:14 PM   #8
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Nice job Mark!

Why didn't you take the DRZ?
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:55 PM   #9
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WHERE is the breakfast stop located? I'm a big fan of the band and would love to stop there sometime.
On the "square" in Greensburg.

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Nice post and great pics.
I would love to get down that way next summer as I head south.
This reminds me of the Chris Knight song Becky's Bible
"I'll be sitting in the jail house
with no need to be wishing
I'll ever get to fish the Green River again"
I luvs me some Chris Knight!

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Why didn't you take the DRZ?
Been missin' my big blue mistress........

I seriously considered taking Peg's XT but the last time I was on it I nearly wadded it up in a turn!
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:56 PM   #10
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Are you ever up by Danville? I live about 20 minutes from the knobs and usually venture out there without any particular routes.
I like riding in that area.....I'd like to tag along sometime!
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:59 PM   #11
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Sweet. I'm going to listen to John Prine's "Paradise" in your honor.
I'm thinking that in the spring, I'll go to Greensburg & follow the Green to the Ohio.........will post up some pix of what's left of Paradise.
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There's some grand people out that way. I haven't been to Kentucky for many years, but last time through, I remember asking if they had any coffee at a little general store somewhere around the Cave Country. (I wanted brewed coffee, as it was chilly in late October). They didn't, but the lady who ran the store went upstairs and made a pot. We sat around the coal stove and talked for two or three hours. She shared pictures of all her kids and grandchildren, and wouldn't have charged me a penny until I ransacked the place and found a five-pound bag of Martha White's Cornbread mix, a few cans of beans, and two onions.

I had beans and cornbread that night. Martha White's cooks up pretty good on a camp stove.

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I'm thinking that in the spring, I'll go to Greensburg & follow the Green to the Ohio.........will post up some pix of what's left of Paradise.
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:40 PM   #13
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With my V-strom gone, I'd been thinking about getting a more road worthy dual sport.

I hadn't considered an FJR until now!
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Old 12-06-2013, 04:48 PM   #14
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With my V-strom gone, I'd been thinking about getting a more road worthy dual sport.

I hadn't considered an FJR until now!
It's the do-it-all machine.......just check the FJR thread

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=402961
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:05 AM   #15
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Great report and pics Mark. Thanks for letting me come along!
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