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THURSDAY - All but the first 5-miles and the last 15-miles driven today were in the state of Kentucky.

Just 4½-miles into our trip we stopped at a McDonald's in Ironton, OH for a delicious couple of burgers before crossing southbound over the Ohio River into Kentucky on the (green) Ben Williamson Memorial Bridge. Oddly enough the northbound bridge is painted blue and is named the Simeon Willis Memorial Bridge.

I'm not sure who these two people were, but they each have their own two-lane bridge over the Ohio River between Ironton, OH and Ashland, KY.

OK, I looked up who these two people were, you know I would, and found they were both Kentucky politicians.

Ben Mitchell Williamson was the Kentucky Senator from December 1, 1930 until March 3, 1931 (that's right a total of 3 months?).

Simeon Slavens Willis was the 46th Governor of Kentucky from 1943-1947.

The 138-miles in Kentucky were all along U.S. Route 23, in Kentucky it's called The Country Music Highway. That's because it passes through the counties where quite a few famous Country Music stars were born and raised. Some of the stars, past and present, you may recognize are Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, The Judds, Chris Stapleton, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom T. Hall, Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam and Patty Loveless to name a few.

The route today was very scenic and hilly, but we didn't take any photos because Tricia was knitting most of the way. We did spot a little more fall foilage, but the best is yet to come in this region.

Towards the end of the drive ROVER was tasked with the job of pulling THE POD up and over the Pound Gap (elevation 2392) which is where the state borders are.

While we're on the subject of state borders, today's crossing was our 86th (out of 107 possible) when we crossed between the two states of Kentucky and Virginia for the first time.

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