Simon Kenton Ride

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  1. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    Hope this isn’t too boring of a ride report.

    The other day was moving some stuff around at the house and found this book “The Frontiersmen” by Alan Eckert.

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    It got me thinking about Simon Kenton and how much of an American hero he was and American “Bad Ass”.
    And there were lots of historic Simon Kenton sites right here in Northern Kentucky.
    So off on the Wee I go….

    A little history before we get going here.

    Simon was born in Virginia at the age of 16 fell in love with Ellen Cummings.
    But Simon found out she was to marry another man William Leechman.
    On the day of their wedding Simon decided to crash the wedding and whoop up on William.
    But William and his friends beat Simon up pretty good.
    This public beating simmered in Simon for over a year till one day he found William working out in the field and beat him to with in an inch of his life.

    Simon thinking he had killed him ran to the new frontier to escape hanging.
    When Simon was a child he heard tales from his uncle about Kain-tuck-ee and the “Canelands”.
    This was the start of his adventure.
    He even changed his name to Simon Butler to keep his true identity a secret.

    Simon was eventually captured by the Shawnees Indians and had to run the infamous gauntlet 9 times.
    He finally escaped to Detroit.

    He died in Urbana,Ohio.

    Here are some of the historic sites and other things I came across along the way….

    Kenton County Court House Independence,Ky.
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    And then I found this pretty cool Harley
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    Then headed down to Covington,Ky.
    John Roebling suspension bridge 1866.
    Same guy did the Brooklyn Bridge.

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    Covington riverfront.
    Simon Kenton statue.

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    Covington murals
    George Rodgers Clark, Simon Kenton, Daniel Boone and Colonel Logan
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    Now back on the bike and head south on Rt.8 towards Maysville Ky

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    Maysville mural
    Maysville was called Limestone back in Simon's day.
    This area was also the location of "The Canelands"
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    Here's a photo on the Cane that gave the area it's nick name.
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    His house is right off the AA highway but is privately owned and the only thing you can see from the road is the roof.
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    Some photos from the historis Washington Cenetery

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    Well hope that wasn't too bad...it was a fun ride and I took lots of photos.
    Read the book it is a very interesting story.

    Thanks
    Fred
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  2. jspringator

    jspringator Been here awhile

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    Great post. Is there a river view road between Cincinnati and Maysville?
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  3. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Great report and pics. Been on 8 a couple times between Maysville and The Cinci metro. Keenton was, as you said a bad ass. He was a physical bear of a man. Lots of neat pioneer history in KY.
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  4. USAIR

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    Yes Rt.8 runs all the way to Maysville along the Ohio River.
    Then if you want jump across the river to Aberdeen Ohio and follow Rt.52 on the Ohio side.

    Fred
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  5. USAIR

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    Thanks you know it's funny in your sig. about Andrew Jackson.
    Simon Kenton got in a fight with Andrew Jackson and kicked his ass.
    Pretty cool.

    Fred
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  6. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Funny thing about that quote, Jackson was surprised that a group of Kentuckians arrived in New Orleans during the War of 1812 without weapons...
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  7. Waldo308

    Waldo308 Grouchy Olde Pharte

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    Excellent! Thanks for your report USAIR. The Frontiersman has been one of my favorite books for decades. As you say, Simon was one badass dude. It is amazing and terrible to read what we and the native Americans did to each other in those days.

    My favorite story from that book was when he ran the gauntlet and broke out of it and one tribesman chased him down on a horse and put a dent in the top of Simon's skull that was there for the rest of his life.

    What an amazing, tough individual he was.

    Regards,
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  8. USAIR

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    Yep very good part of his story.
    He was unconscious for two days and they broke his collar bone and shoulder.
    And the Indians try to burn him three time at the stake.

    Thanks
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  9. Kenbike

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    He was a tough man! 5 years ago we had dinner with some folks in Lexington KY. They gal gave us a history lesson re Simon and she described the story of the Gaunlet in great detail. The next day we are driving north and I 75 is stopped dead just north of Cincinnati, so I cut north east and hit Rt 68 and go north. We are thinking what a great road as it follows the river and we see a historical marker and decide to check it out. Turns out we are in the very spot Simon was forced to run the Guanlet! It sure seemed strange that the first we visited was the spot.
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  10. USAIR

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    Also if I am not mistaken Rt 68 was an old buffalo trail which crossed the Ohio river thru Maysville Ky.

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  11. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    wonderful imagery
    the canon 30d (in your capable hands) served you well here
    love this thread...
    you surely have transported us to YOUR place

    thanks for the ride
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  12. Big Mistake onWheels

    Big Mistake onWheels Banned

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    Well I'll be durned. Couldn't believe it when I saw "Simon Kenton" on here. The young & later president Andrew Jackson had a reputation as being a baddass brawler. Kenton beat him damn near to death in Mayfield,Ky once(watchout for those Buckeyes). I read another book by Ekchert, "That Dark & Bloody River" about settlement of the Ohio Valley. Huge part of US history. As much indian fightin as went on anywhere(had relatives who were a part of it--on BOTH sides). Always wanted to haul my boat back there & visit historic sites along that river. Some really nice country there. As good a corner blasting on motosikles as anywhere. Ordered an Yammy Tenere from a dealer pal back there. Might do some exploring when I pick it up---if it isn't snowing. Thanks for this report. INTERESTING!
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  13. Sourjon

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    One of my favorite books. Thanks for posting this.

    John
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  14. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    Thanks everyone.

    Big Mistake onWheels I read that same book.
    Indians and settlers fighting was very common in this area more then people know.

    When I was a youngin my family would take us kids to Coney Island
    and one of my favorite rides was the train and the Indians would be fighting settlers and would attack the train.

    In this PC correct world that stuff wouldn't fly.

    Thanks again
    Fred
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  15. Big Mistake onWheels

    Big Mistake onWheels Banned

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    True USair. What we labor under today & call PC was non-existent in late 1700s in the Ohio River country. What counted was gun control--shootin straight. If I lived back there, I'd do some exploring of all that history by boat & bike. Be fascinating. Great asphalt corner blasting(S E Ohio, West Virginia & Ky--did it couple times) but not much real dual sport....or is there? Hadda BLAST with the hillwilliams I met. LOVED'M ! They still bring a smile when I think about'em.
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  16. MUD HOPPER

    MUD HOPPER awesome

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    i live in independence and have my whole life i even went to Simon Kenton high school i was pretty cool to see awesome pics of my arera. last sunday jan.-8-2012 i road this same ride started here in independence hit 177 crossed over visalia bridge in to cambell co. and dropped over to rt.8 and road that all the way to Maysvill good times awsome ride.
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