4:30 came so early this morning. So early in fact I rolled back over and slept until 5. In doing that I had to leap out of bed when my alarm went off and leave as quickly as possible. I was out the door and on the road by about 5:20. The grand total for the day was 485 miles. That 485 miles included 2 new Kmart stores, a mall in Louisville on Bardstown Road that I didnt even know existed, my customary stop at the Falls of the Ohio River State Park in Clarksville, Indiana, 2 Goodwill Outlets, 1 regular Goodwill store, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, and the Meadow Lake Wind Farm off I65 near Chalmers. Ill give another update tomorrow with a few more pictures from the day. Enjoy and thanks for reading!
Over the past few days I have been rambling about the Bluegrass state and the southern edge of Illinois and a small corner of Missouri. Why you might ask? Well, like I stated in this blog earlier this week I just had to go back to Cairo one more time before the town declinds even further and also, as you might have figured out I have this weird obsession with docummenting and experiencing Sears / Kmart as much as possible, especially since their future doesnt look particularly bright. What does Sears and Kmart have to do with this area of the country?
Well in January, Sears Holdings announced they would close 7(SEVEN?!?!?!) more Kmart stores across the Bluegrass State. All of the ones that were closing that I hadnt been to were from Bowling Green West. Couple this with the fact that the stores close for good on or about March 19th (my spring break isnt until mid-late April) and the fact that once I got to Paducah I would only be 30 minutes from Cairo I just had to do what it took to make it happen.
It snowballed into a trip covering 4 states and by the time I realized I would only be less than an hour from one of the very last Sears stores built from the ground up ( built in 2006 ) AND it is also one of the very last Sears Grand stores still signed as such…..I covered a little over 900 miles, 7 new to me Kmart stores (side note: I have now been to every Kmart store currently opene in the bluegrass state! , 2 Sears stores, (1 closing and 1 Sears Grand) Multiple abandoned schools, throw in an abandoned hospital and the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and I have had a very busy, but fulfilling time. I will be covering all of these discoveries and explorations in the blog over the next month or so. I look forward to sharing my disooveries with you!
In preparation of my massive road trip out west that I am taking this summer Ive been picking up some new gadgets and gizmos. Today I received the first of three, yes three new cameras that I have picked up for this trip. This one today, was the cheapest of them. I needed a good, cheap pocket sized camera to take into places that wouldn’t be too bulky. I picked up this sony cybershot 12.1 mp with a 8gb memory card and the case for 16 bucks on ebay. Seems and feels like its barely been used at all!
And finally, the other gadget I picked up and ahve received already is a dash cam. Ive wanted one for a while and I thought it would be neat to have on a cross country road trip. Love the video quality, the audio is horrible, and I was listening to a bunch of nonsense apparently haha. But here is a video that can be watched by clicking on the thumnail. This is traveling US 421 as you enter the bluegrass state south of Harlan. Enjoy, and thanks as always for reading!