Day 1: May 20, 2014
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When the Atlantic-Pacific Highway, one of the early coast-to-coast auto trails, crossed Indiana, it was all business. It traversed the state as directly and quickly as possible. The Wonderland Way was conceived as a scenic alternative that would show off some of the state's natural beauty. Its ends connected with the main Atlantic-Pacific route just inside the borders of neighboring Ohio and Illinois. I headed for the eastern terminus, in downtown Cincinnati, with an army of commuters. I slipped by the Horseshoe Casino and the twin towers of Proctor & Gamble, with Cincinnati's tallest, the Great American Tower, behind them, to head west on Fourth Street.

My first stop was at Harrison's Tomb near North Bend, Ohio. The first U.S. President to die in office, William Henry Harrison, is buried here along with his wife and several other family members. Trees partially block the view of the river from the base of the monolith but there are some great views just a short distance up the road.

Indiana, here I come. This is the real Ohio-Indiana border. The marker was placed here along the Ohio River (which mostly belongs to Kentucky) in 1838 at a spot designated by surveyors from both states.

One of the world's first pony cars is stabled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. It's a heavily modified Model T Ford named "Peggy" that used to do wheelies and flap its wings in parades. Peggy's not for sale but cars are available at Beers Used Cars on the west side of town. You might even be able to buy a neon sign or a really big shoe but buying a car would probably be cheaper.

I've toured the crown of Aurora, Hillforest Mansion, many years ago and had thoughts of doing it again today but I was too early. So, once again, I had to settle for a shot of the nice river view from the front yard.

On a previous visit, I learned that what look like tunnels on the west side of town were once storage cellars for a pre-prohibition brewery named Great Crescent. The name had just recently been revived with the modern Great Crescent Brewery offering samples and growlers. I was also too early for the brewery today, but it looks like they've progressed well beyond carry-out beer.

This is a Triple Whipple bridge. Actually, those who should know think it may be THE Triple Whipple Bridge. One of the bridge types patented by Squire Whipple used tensioned diagonals to connect sections. Bearing its inventor's name, the technique was typically used to connect two sections. Three sections are connected by the diagonals of the Laughery Creek Bridge. Bridge engineers may or may not officially recognize the Triple Whipple designation but I bet they enjoy saying it just like the rest of us.

The last real Hoosier Boy, a record setting speedboat, is on display at the Ohio County Museum in Rising Sun. I didn't make it to the museum today but did grab a picture of the riverside Hoosier Boy mural. I also got a shot of part of the town with the Rising Star floating casino in the background.

Four important buildings in and near Vevay. The little red shed is about seven miles east of Vevay proper. The Switzerland County Museum is at the east edge of town while the courthouse privy and Cuzz's bar are near the center. The red shed is rapidly gaining widespread fame for standing so long in the face of complete neglect but also has significance as the only structure on some slightly unkempt property my friend John and I own.

In Madison, my first stop was at Hinkle's Sandwich Shop for lunch then at the Broadway Hotel to wash it down. Not only does the Broadway have two rare working Bevadors, it has the only Red Wolf tip jar I know of. The tip jar has been there since my earliest memory of the Broadway in the 1990s but I haven't seen the beer in years. As I walked to the river's edge to get a profile shot of the new Milton-Madison Bridge, I noted that one of the local teams has taken to identifying players by position. Then I got a straight on view of the bridge as it carries US-421 to Kentucky.

I had actually preplanned and booked my room for the first night of the trip at a B&B in Corydon. Unbeknown to me, Corydon is a regular overnight stop for the annual Run for the Wall and this was the night. This is the twenty-sixth time veterans have ridden motorcycles across the country to visit Washington, DC, on Memorial Day. I have seen no count of riders in Corydon but the estimate is 350,000 motorcycles in DC for "Rolling Thunder" on Sunday. Being present for this stirring event was a very nice surprise.

Not only did I luck out by being in Corydon for the arrival of Run for the Wall, the group passed right in front of my B&B and there was an Italian restaurant and a brewery right across the street. I ate dinner at Alberto's and the food was quite good. I guess the place wasn't visually exciting as I have on photos. I did get a picture of the bar, with the establishment's name spelled out in beer bottle caps, at Point Blank Brewing Company. Accommodations at the Kintner House Inn were as good as its location. All rooms at the 1873 inn are reasonably priced but I had opted for the most reasonably priced of all. It exceeded my expectations and some of the rooms looked down right luxurious. There were a few steps to my third floor room but I didn't mind a bit.

This was not the last picture I took for the day but it does seem a nice finish to the post. Some of the Run for the Wall riders could be seen throughout the evening as they shopped for needed supplies or did some sightseeing. The flag lined street is a good indicator of the manner in which Corydon welcomed them.

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