Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Indianapolis to Richmond IN 76.9 miles - 2,913.3 miles cum

We left early today to get out of Indianapolis before traffic began to get heavy. The day was overcast but I believed the soothsayers who said it would not rain. Big mistake!!! We were about 20 miles out of Indianapolis when it started to rain. It was a gentle rain for about 15 minutes and then it really began to pour. We stopped to get under a tree because it was raining so hard we couldn't see and knew drivers couldn't see us. I suggested that we ask the homeowner if we could stand on their porch so we went up to ask them but nobody answered my knock. We decided that they would have let us if they were home so we stayed until the rain let up. We were about 15 minutes from the town where the Gene Hackman movie Hoosiers was filmed. It is really the gymnasium which was used. We decided that we would at least get out of the rain. When we went in, we were met by a tour guide who couldn't have been nicer. He showed us everything in the gym including the locker rooms. He also put the movie on so we could see the gym in the movie. It is still the same. We shot baskets to say we played on the same floor. It was a real treat. The gym is still used by the community for basketball and events. By the time we left, the sun was starting to come out.
We kept going through old towns which were built along RT40, the national road which was built in the early 1800's. There were a lot of old buildings in each of the towns some dating back to the 1820's. We came to an old farmhouse called the Huddleston house which was constructed around 1850 and has been restored along with the barn and other out buildings. We went in and met the woman who gives tours. She asked where we were from, and when I said Pittsburgh, she said she was born and lived on Mt Washington. She said her father was from the Monroeville/Penn Hills area. She was wearing a Lumpy's Cafe tee shirt although it was not the Level Green Lumpy's.
We met Leigh and Brian in Centerville who were telling us about their travels. We made it to the hotel around 4:30PM just in time to get ready for dinner.


Natalie said...

hey leo, great progress reports. i have been working and missed a few days. Indiana is interesting to me since I went to school there. I have been to most of the little towns you rode through and have friends from college in all of them. my first roomates were from richmond and crawfordsville! I will look out for you when i am flying this week!! I am checking a head to see where in New York you will stop, Jeff and the boys are still at the lake.

heather said...

the last comment was from Heather not natalie?? someone used my computer and did not sign out on google.