“It’s important to keep good grooming habits, even when you’re on the road.”
And there are even opportunities for Jeeping nearby! Can you believe it?!?
Perfect. (Except that you generally need reservations a year in advance…)
It’s official. St. Louis is a must-stop destination anytime we’re headed out across the mighty Mississippi. During our short two week stay, we met dozens of interesting people and even managed to spark a few new friendships.
St. Louis is filled with wonderful museums and parks — all free! So we unloaded our bikes and pedaled our way across the city in search of treasures…
I mean, just check out Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon Party Warehouse. Is there anything St. Louis can’t do?
It was tough to leave, but we’ll be back. Very soon…
We spent Memorial Day Weekend relaxing with the dogs at Nolin Lake State Park — just grillin’ and chillin’…
Also, fancy bugs.
Overall, we found Louisville to be a hip and stylish city — full of surprises. The people were especially friendly and the food (and craft beer!) was absolutely fabulous.
On our first morning in Louisville, we enjoyed a fantastic brunch at 21c. It’s a restaurant, hotel, and art gallery all rolled into one and we were thrilled at the amount of diverse, high-quality work we found.
Later we hit the “Buy Local” fair. It was unusually hot, but there was cold beer, plenty of shade, and … LIVE BLUEGRASS!
While in town, we also explored some co-working and hackerspaces.
And before we left, we discovered a wonderful shop called Joe Ley Antiques. More than 4 floors of anything and everything — nearly all of it for sale…
And suddenly it happens. You’re all loaded up and ready to go. After a cozy dinner on the porch of course. (Gotta eat, right?)
Then it’s time to put someone in charge of navigation and decide where you’re headed.
And if you happen to start driving through a torrential thunderstorm (with a tornado!?!)…
…stop and enjoy dinner! The storm will pass.
Every year Jeepers from around the country gather for a weekend of off-road adventure in the Cumberland Gap region. Like last year in Maine, Ruby Jean wanted to join them. Of course, I camped in my new (and constantly improving!) rig.
In this overhead drone shot, you can see the tiny bright orange tent peeking through the morning fog (second from the bathhouse).
The night before we hit the first trails, more than 300(!) Jeeps took over the little town of Williamsburg, Kentucky. Some were stock, others heavily modified. All were unstoppable.
Paul and Dawn were first to arrive, so we lined up early for inspection.
Once Kris, Mary Jo, Jim, and John rolled in, it was time for our final trail selection.
Trail Day One
Trail Day Two
As with every Jamboree, it’s the PEOPLE that make it AMAZING. What an incredible trip!
On my way down to the 24th Gateway to the Cumberlands Jeep Jamboree, I took a small detour to camp along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. It was lovely!
As far as Ruby Jean is concerned, ATV roads aren’t just for ATVs, and Maine is unspeakably beautiful. Even outside the coast.
The new expedition rig seems to be working out well for Ruby Jean, but there’s really only one way to know for sure. Time for a quick trip up to the northernmost tip of Nova Scotia.