Day 56: Sunday, August 16, 1981
Danville to Berea: 30 miles
Today was a kind of a rest day for us. Berea is less than 30 miles from Danville, and we were to meet Lena at a campground west of Berea. So we slept in until 8:30, had a leisurely breakfast, and looked around the playhouse. It's an outdoor dinner theater that has been in operation since about 1950. Eben Henson, its driving force and playwright-in-residence, has had Hollywood experience as an actor and director. Lee Majors got his start here, and other actors who have gone on to stardom have appeared here. It's an interesting place.
I intended to cycle up to Harrodsburg before heading over to Berea, but I never made it. Danville is a pleasant town, and I enjoyed cruising around it. Its Constitution Square park contains the original post office, built 1792, and replicas of other log buildings that occupied the square in the town's early years. Surrounding the square are other buildings, both brick and frame that figured prominently in Kentucky's history, including the house of Ephraim McDowell, an American pioneer in surgical technique.
|The old stone fence|
|Trumpet vine on a fence row|
|Cows cooling off|
There should be another page of notes here, but it's missing. Now it's September 26, and I'll have to improvise.
|Another interesting stream|
I caught up with Jack at the campground at 6:45. Lena wasn't there yet, but we didn't have long to wait. Jack was really glad to see her. After we got the Airstream trailer parked and had some nice hot showers, it was getting on toward 8:00. We didn't really feel like cooking, so we buzzed down to a local steak house, which turned out to be an excellent choice. I had a meal of perch - it must have been the best meal I've had on the trip so far. No, I take that back: my lunch with the Jackson family in Danville today was also great.
What with the food, the scenery, and the people, today was one of the most enjoyable days on the whole trip.