Tennessee to Illinois
The first state we entered after Tennessee was Kentucky, and I thought it was so pretty there. It was a really nice drive and the scenery was really beautiful.
Not ten minutes after crossing the state line and what’s the first thing we see? An Amish kid driving a horse and buggy! Awesome!
We stopped to take pictures of some corn fields because Chris’ uncle wanted to compare them to the fields in Washington.
We saw a lot of these old barns and farm buildings during our trip and I couldn’t have been happier. I’ve always loved these types of structures and wish we’d had more time to stop and take pictures of them.
Our designated lunch stop for the day was Paducah, Kentucky.
The Ohio River. That’s Illinois on the other side.
Downtown Paducah and the Free Spirit Biker Church.
We hadn’t anticipated that pretty much everything in Paducah would be closed on Sundays. We did find a restaurant called Shandie’s that was open for lunch and we were pleased with both the food and the service. We especially loved the fried green tomatoes and my catfish cakes were delicious!
After lunch we crossed over the Ohio River (via this awesome bridge!) and into Illinois.
In Illinois, we made sure to stop in Metropolis, a town whose claim to fame is being the “Home of Superman.”
These cutouts were in front of a gas station just off the highway.
And the story behind this picture: while I was trying to take a picture with Chris’ phone, some random guy came up and pretended to grab his boob. He actually said “You need somebody grabbing your titty!” I admit I lost it.
We’d never heard of Metropolis until my cousin told us about the giant Superman statue. What?? Giant statue, you say? We are SO there!
This was so ridiculously cheesy and touristy. I loved every second of it! 😉
After Metropolis we set back on the road, on our way to O’Fallon, Illinois, where we spent the night. We encountered some really nice scenery and a gorgeous night sky along the way.
That’s it for part 2. More to come soon.