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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tears to Quilts

The day’s journey was from Trail of Tears State Park (Beth vowed "never again") to the National Quilt Museum.

Although the location gives a great view of the river, Beth didn’t get any sleep. At least three trains came through, plus a fair amount of river traffic. I didn’t hear the boats and fell asleep after each train passed.
This is a wide angle view showing the proximity of campers, tracks, and river.
When dawn broke, it was through clouds and raindrops. We bid farewell to the campground with Beth vowing to stay at the upper equestrian campground next time.
Waiting to cross the bridge we viewed yesterday, we shared the road with some big combines. It is cotton harvesting season in this area.
Here’s the new Cape Girardeau suspension bridge from the roadway.
Below the railroad bridge we found a soggy campground with no customers.
A few houses remained after years of flooding in Alton, Illinois. Riverlure house was our favorite.
No, no, no we don't want to go on that bridge. Let's do a three point turn to get to the park. The truck drivers were very kind and let us turn around. Signage could be better for Fort Defiance.
The confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers is at Fort Defiance State Park.
Tugs were pushing barges up the Ohio. At this point, the Ohio is wider than the Mississippi.
Beth climbed the observation tower, which is shaped like a ship's bridge.
Day marks are nailed to a tree in the park. There aren't many places where you can be dry and get this close to an aid to navigation.
View of two rivers.
Lots of coal was ready for shipping downriver.
Railroads run along the river levee here.
Farm equipment was wide enough to require the shoulder and a lane.

Paducah Kentucky was the destination for the day. The main draw is the National Quilt museum.

This quilt amazed me last year. Can you believe that it is carved from wood?

Here are a few more selections. Beth may add more later.

While the Quilt Museum is very nice, I'd seen it last year so opted to make a laundry run instead. Camper vans don't have room for a washer or dryer.
We spent the night in the city parking lot between the Quilt Museum and the flood walls. Here, like other river front communities, they marked the height of big floods on the wall.
The boat launch and parking lot on the river side of the flood wall had a 30 degree tilt. It wouldn't have been good for our fridge to park here. Those who have propane refrigerators know that more than a 3 degree tilt can do some damage.
A major boatyard in Paducah provides lots of tugs for river traffic.
We could have made it here from last night's campsite by boat. I didn't realize there is a water connection from Land Between the Lakes.
The city has done a nice job illustrating their history along the inside of the flood wall.

Here are a few of our favorites, along with their descriptive plaques.
Marine Royalty
Marine Royalty
Riverboat Captain
Riverboat Captain
In addition to river boats, railroad locomotives are manufactured here.
Stepping into an older version of Paducah.
We enjoyed really good Pizza at Max's Brick Oven Cafe.
Here's the sunset view from the parking lot overlooking the National Quilt museum. We appreciate the city of Paducah allowing parking lot boondocking.

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