Hank and Marilyn Coast to Coast 2017 travel blog

Leaving family

Pilgrimage stop

Padouca Indian history on the murals

Our family visit was very nice, but our goal of this journey is California or Bust. So we bid farewell to our family and headed north-west to St Louis. The flat terrain near the KY/TN border gave way to wooded rolling hills as we approached the Ohio River which borders NW Kentucky.

Our big stop for the day was Paducah KY at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Founded by Gen William Clark (of Lewis and Clark fame) the settlement is named for the Padouca Indian Nation and its leader Chief Paduke. A series of murals on a river bank wall gives an account of the history of the city.

More to our interest is the presence of the National Quilt Museum. On display were a hundred magnificent quilts demonstrating many different techniques. Marilyn was in quilter's heaven. And Hank found many interesting quilts. He can recognize some basic design patterns. We ended our quilt stop with a brief visit to Hancock's of Paducah, a large fabric store from which Marilyn ordered fabric for Briana Bishop's quilt. The actual store was a bit of a disappointment.

On the road again we traveled 2-1/2 hours to Granite City IL across the Mississippi River from St Louis. The KOA where we are staying is on an old stretch of Route 66, so we plan to be back this way in 6 weeks. Many folk planning to travel the Oregon Trail came overland to St Louis where they boarded boats to Independence MO where the Trail began. We will travel the 240 miles to Independence in one day via the Interstate tomorrow.

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