Friday, June 21, 2013

Day 33 - Louisville & Cincinnati

Statues representing the handing of a large piece of property from the French to the Americans, known as the Louisiana Purchase. Quite a bit of land involved - about a quarter of the current USA. Statue located in Jeffersonville, Indiana at Ohio Falls

The Ohio River at Ohio Falls, Jeffersonville. Note that the river is divided into two - a peaceful flowing waterway in the background and the turbulent Ohio Falls in the foreground.

The Ohio River at Ohio Falls on the Indiana side at Jeffersonville. These are the locks or dam that control the water system of the river

Interestingly, this Water Tower when passing through Florence, Kentucky once had written "Florence Mall". Apparently it is illegal in the US to advertise on water they changed the Mall into Y'all.  You'll certainly know that you are in Kentucky!!

Approaching Cincinnati near Covington, Kentucky. The Ohio River separates these cities, Cincinnati in Ohio and Covington in Kentucky

Fountain Square in Cincinnati - note the Macy's Store (the white coloured building) in the background. Nothing purchased there - we're over it!!!!!!!

In Fountain Square located in the centre of Cincinnati, Ohio. The fountain represents water flowing from mother to children. Built in 1879 and dedicated to the people of Cincinnati

This building in Cincinnati reminds us of the old fashion Commonwealth money tin box when we were kids. Squarish and rattled with old pennies.

What a contrast of blue and white and the unusual triangular shape of this building in Cincinnati

This is the Our Mother Of God Catholic Church in Covington, Kentucky. Stands at over 200 feet tall and prominent from many aspects in the city

Our fourth West Coast Swing lesson at Step-In-Out Dance Studio in Covington, Kentucky. Our teacher is Mandy and now we have gained a routine and started to put it all into "muscle memory"

As it is a 90 minute drive to Cincinnati from Louisville we left at 1030 am after visiting the Ohio Falls area in Jeffersonville. The Ohio River is a wide and majestic waterway which is hard to describe in words. We arrived at Cincinnati just before midday and stopped at a rest stop just outside the city for our lunch break. With our usual Walmart salads and easy meals on the run it was good just to sit at a park bench and table in the shade and consume our meal watching the many vehicles travelling at enormous speeds pass the rest stop. We would like to discuss the driving system in the US as we see it now. The speed limits that are sign posted are only a guide. Ninety-five percent of American drivers usually drive in excess of 10 MPH over the speed limit - even the huge trucks. Therefore, we, as law-abiding visitors drive just over the speed limit to try and stay "tuned" with the flow of traffic. Consequently we are treated like slow old-folk on a Sunday drive. Nevertheless, locals do get pulled over by the state police and appear to donate to the local policeman's ball!! It is scary when a 250 ton truck is trying to pass you at 20 MPH over the speed limit. Without our GPS, that is, Tommette, we still could be looking for the correct turn-off at Albuquerque back in Arizona. About a week ago we were in the middle lane along an expressway and a "long-loaded" truck lost its middle wheel. Now we are led to believe that a wheel that comes off in motion and because its weight is less than the main vehicle's its velocity will take off and travel faster than the main vehicle. Not in this case. The wheel in question came off and bounced in pendulum  fashion and took off rearward towards us. Luckily we were in a different lane and watched the offending rubber and steel object go past us at supersonic speed. Also it was lucky there were no other vehicle in its trajectory path. If this wheel had hit us we guess the result would be ominous and possibly fatal. The moral of this story is, whilst driving in the US go past trucks as quick as you can or let them go pass you rapidly. On our arrival in Covington, Kentucky (the other side of the Ohio River where Cincinnati is) our room was ready and settled in. There is a shuttle trolley system just outside our hotel and for $1 each takes us over the Ohio River in Ohio to Cincinnati. This city is very modern and we alighted right next door to Macy's - guess what, we walked inside and stubbornly nothing was purchased in the store. We walked around and orientate ourselves to the CBD and after a few hours returned to our hotel. Hence we had a quick dinner in Taco bell and walked 1.2 klms to our dancing venue in Covington - Step-In-Out Dance Studio. Our host was Mandy and gave us a one-hour lesson on the West Coast Swing. This is our fourth lesson and we believe we are starting to have a routine in muscle-memory. We now have a series of steps thus; the Sugar-Push, left-side pass, closed-tuck turn with right-side pass and a whip. We are now putting this this into a 32 bar routine for a sequenced dance. The main essence of this dance is the elasticity movements and the way the dance is conducted in a "slot". Enough of that. We are in Cincinnati (Covington) for two nights.Tomorrow we are on a Segway tour of Cincinnati and should have some pictures of this new technology - it's going to be fun watching Anne tackle the machinery. Also we are booked on a Horse & Carriage tour in the evening. So we should get a good dose of Cincinnati and its riverfront. Cheers.

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