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1/4/09, Elberfeld, IN - On the morning of the 4th, I had the horses hitched in Somerville and on the road by 8 am (Central Time). I just found out that morning that I had crossed a county line and switched to the Central Time Zone.  The only way I knew was because my cell phone downloads a time stamp from the GPS satellites.  The morning pull was fairly uneventful until we approached Interstate I-164.  For about a two mile stretch after crossing I-64, state route 57 turns into I-164.  South of I-64 this was busy interstate. Fortunately, there was a nice shoulder and we stayed out of the traffic lanes. A photographer for the Evansville, IN newspaper managed to shoot the two pictures shown below.

At the freeway exit, I met up with an entourage that included my hosts, reporters and several well wishers.  Together we drove the mile or so to Kim and Roy Gilkey’s place - The Double M Stable.  The next couple of hours were a frenzy of unharnessing the horses, meeting friends and well wishers and newspaper interviews.  Later in the afternoon, I managed to take a horseback ride with a friend.  Later a Vet stopped by and filled out health certificates for the horses. In the evening, a news crew from Evansville Channel Fox-7 stopped by for a one hour interview.


Photos courtesy of Bob Gwaltney


1/5/09 - This was a day of rest for the horses and I.  Kim and I managed to do a recon of the route across the bridge and had a nice lunch with other friends at a local tavern. I managed to get in a little reading and some writing, but other than that it was a day to kick back.