Tuesday, April 17 - Art dropped off the first copy of our book at the Vet Center in St. Louis. He was warmly received by the team leader. Lovely drive south. Lunch at Lambert's, known for its "throwed rolls" - our first occurrence on this trip of difficulty finding something healthy like vegetables on the menu. I settled for chicken and dumplings and picked out the chicken. The server, when giving us our check, said, "God bless you, and have a good trip." Haven't ever heard that in a restaurant.
Crossed over the Mississippi and the Ohio Rivers into Kentucky, down country roads to our second Evergreen Club stay in Clinton, Kentucky, population 1700. Walter and Sue. Very Kentucky, conservative, southern. Very little conversation other than pleasant chat. Dinner at their local diner where they knew everyone in the place. I, a progressive, am listening to Fox News in the next room. It's good for me to experience differences!
Got a note from a bed and breakfast owner offering us a free place to stay two nights from now - they got back to me later than the people from Shelbyville, and I am committed to speak at the Lions Club there, so we'll miss out on the B&B. Still, keeping my commitment is the right thing to do.
Drove 200 miles today, three quarters of it on interstates. Light traffic everywhere.