Friday after school, Carlene came. We were ready and waiting. We all loaded in and headed out on Highway 64. At I-39 we turned south. In Normal, IL we stopped at Avanty's for gandolas Then on we went through Bloomington, to Champain where we turned south to Effingham and down I-57 to where I-24 begins. After a few miles we went over the River. That is the Ohio River into Paduca, KY. and the interstate was still I-24 till we turned east on 68 / 80 and followed it to Jeremy's house in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. It was 1:00 am. Nathaniel had arrived there from Jackson, Mississippi about 9:00pm. That was the beginning of a lot of fun and great reunion.
We were all glad to see Nathaniel. It had been a long time. Jeremy had a lot on his plate, preparing for us, as well as his work at the Church where he directs music and choirs. We tried to not be a burden, but help if we could. Of course he was eager to introduce his biking friends. We went to the bike shop. The kids, Elizza, Sebastian and Leo were excited to know all about the things they were seeing. He explained about wheels, tires, and airodynamics.
Hopkinsville Mayor, Mr. Dan Kemp, one day took our kids on a tour of City Hall and gave them a great understand of what City Government is about. He's a fine man and we really apprecitated his kindness.
Our kids brought their pine blocks. Our Church at home was preparing for their Awana Club Pine Wood Durby soon after the new year. So we got them cut out and painted. Several men at the Church in Illinois helped with weights and all the techology involved. It was a wonderful evening, the night all the boys and girls brought their cars. Parents, Grand Parents, siblings and a multitude of other relatives and friends attended. That was a gathering of lots of fun and fellowship.
We were able to stay in Kentucky long enough for a warm day to appear in the calender and we made our run for home. It was a good thing. After that day we didn't have any more warm ones until a day or two ago. Now March 8, we are beginning to see warmer days, like 35 to 47 degrees. This afternoon is a bright day with beautiful sunshine. My next stop will be with Jeremy where Joanna and the Kids will give a ride back home again.
It has been reported that we have had 75 inches of snow this year, so far. That is the third largest in recorded history. But we are now having above freezing temps. So the snow is starting to melt. Most folks have been tired of this very long and so cold winter. We look forward to spring. The maple trees often are running sap by mid February. It has only been above freezing after the second week in March. So now we are having days with the sap flowing. The Park District in Oregon, IL. has been sponsoring syrup making for a couple years. It's exciting to see what the production will be this year.