Thursday, May 22, 2014 – Nashville to Mammoth Cave National Park

Thursday we packed up our RVs and made the 2 hour drive to Mammoth Cave National Park, which is in Kentucky (state slogan, the “Big, Boring Cave” state). Richard drove the lead vehicle again and his Garmin GPS once again had us traveling tiny back roads to the park. I was amazed when we again drove through that same guy’s living room.

We left the RVs in the parking lot in front of the visitor center and signed up for one of the cave tours just as the bus was ready to load. Mammoth Cave is known as the “longest known cave system in the world.” It MAY actually be really really long or it may just seem that way. We’ve been to several cave systems and this one was pretty boring.

Entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park

Entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formation inside the cave

Formation inside the cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We wanted to get as close to Springfield, Illinois (state slogan, the “The Head of the Alabama DOT Used to Run Our DOT” state) so we would have sufficient time Friday to visit the Lincoln Museum. We found Mt. Vernon, Illinois fit the bill and made our way to Walmart in that fair city.

 I don’t know if it’s a city ordinance or if that Walmart just doesn’t like them, but signs are posted around the perimeter of the parking lot FORBIDDING tractor trailers to park there overnight. They are so serious about it most of the entrances to the parking lot are framed with yellow 12 foot high entry gates intended to keep semis out. As we began to approach Mary Ann warned me we weren’t going to fit. I knew that we would and proclaimed such. As we got closer Mary Ann got very anxious and again protested we wouldn’t fit. I confidently proceeded.

We now have a big yellow paint smudge near the top of our roof air conditioner. We are 13 feet tall.

We backed out and found an un-barricaded entrance. Overall it was a pretty quiet night for a Walmart seeing as how there weren’t any tractor trailers.

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