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Lewis Wetzel,frontier hero to some,murderer to others.I guess it would all depend
on which way you read your history.Be it as it may,he was an interesting character.
After reading a book written about him by his extended family,I decided to take a road trip
and at least see his burial site. So out comes the trusty steed early this morning

I check the maps,get my directions down,all new territory to me,and away we go

These are shots of the country I had to ride thru today






After 60 some miles of rural backroads,I come to the Lewis Wetzel public hunting area

This starts taking me into the back country,the part I like best

The roads start getting thinner and thinner :smile:


now I'm at one of those points where your 20 miles in,and conditions are changing



Then out of the blue,I drop right down onto a one lane paved road with a covered
bridge.

Now I know I'm only a few miles from my destination on route 250,and it's also time
for a dog and sauce,and wouldn't you know it,there's a country store




Now I had an interesting conversation with this lady about The Palace of Gold.It's a
Hari Krisna settlement out here in the middle of WV and I was going right by it to get
to my destination.So here are a few pics of a bizarre sight in the sticks






Told ya
Well.I finally make it to the cemetery to find Wetzels final resting place.Seems he was
moved from Natchez,Mississippi to the McCreary cemetery in 1942


This is his original marker

And has been replaced with this

For some reason,they changed the spelling from Whetzell to Wetzel.Now it's time to head
back to the ranch,so here's some shots on the return trip






These are old lockmaster houses along the mighty Ohio


Traffic on the Ohio


On my way home

Hope you all enjoyed the trip.It was alot of different riding conditions today,but all turned out
well


Happy trails

Mike
 

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Great job Mike!

But we all have to know more about the Palace of gold.

There is a town in Ohio called Wetzel, I wander if there is a connection.
There is also a bike rally called Wetzel somewhere in OH or IN, by brother and sister in-law used to go to it every year.
Wetzel is also my middle name, I was named after an uncle, Joseph Wetzel Ellison, my name is Joseph Wetzel Jones.
 

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Excellent report as usual Mike! But where was Kay today? Lemme guess. Getting Christmas stuff finished up or painting? That temple reminds me of some I saw in Thailand. Bizarre. Thanks for taking us along!



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AS USUAL

Mike thanks for the scenic tour. Excellent job as usual. I'd forgotten about the Mail Pouch tobacco. Chewed tons of different tobaccos over the years, but Mail Pouch was strictly big league chew for boys bigger than me. I could even handle plug tobacco, but not Mail Pouch. That stuff would give you a golden opportunity to take one last look at your last meal. It is always good to finish a nice winter ride with a good tube steak and the local Do Drop Inn.
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Jamie said:
Excellent report as usual Mike! But where was Kay today? Lemme guess. Getting Christmas stuff finished up or painting? That temple reminds me of some I saw in Thailand. Bizarre. Thanks for taking us along!



Jamie
Yea, Jamie-----Mike was a on the sick side when I left that morning to finish up some shopping and deliver some artwork-he had run a fever during the night and I really didn't really want to hang out with him to much for fear of getting it so he did a solo run without me. As for the palace of gold --you guys can just type in Palace of Gold in your search engine and it will pull up their site with a virtual tour-pretty interesting stuff with the history of it. Still kinda gives you the willies to go by though--there is a living quarters compound across the road and big garden-lots of condo like apartments. Makes you wonder how many converts are in their that their parents haven't heard from in years and are wondering where they are. They give tours of it during the summer months.It is absolutely out in the middle of nowhere. Have a good one and hope your back surgery turns out great Jamie-tell Kim HI! for me. K
 

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Very nice pictures Mike, but I can't help but notice how many abandon houses there are around you. Some of them look like they were very nice at one time. Oh, and that palace thing is to weird, but really cool looking. I would like to take that tour Kay was talking about. I can't wait til I can post another ride :sad:
 
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