Frankfort, KY Part II: World's Longest Yard Sale
Frankfort, KY - Events of Friday, August 3 to Sunday, August 5, 2012
Since Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky, we were also going to stop after visiting Liberty Hall for a tour of the capitol building. We were the only ones on the tour at Liberty Hall, so we had lots of opportunity for questions. Our guide appreciated our interest, so she was was willing to take the time to provide plenty of fascinating information about the Brown family and about the two homes at the historic site. Therefore, our tour took a lot longer than we thought it would, and it was late when we finished.
Friday was also our wedding anniversary, so we also planned to drive about 30 minutes south to Lexington after we finished up in Frankfort to have lupper at Texas Roadhouse to celebrate. Since it was late and it had started raining anyway, we decided to just drive past the capitol for a quick look at the outside and save the tour of the inside for another visit.
We took the road that circles around the capitol building. Behind the capitol building was a clock with a face made of living flowers.
The governor's mansion is to the east of the capitol. Built in 1914, it is Kentucky's second governor's residence. The house is open for tours most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
After driving around the capitol building, we headed for the interstate to make our way to Texas Roadhouse in Lexington. By the time we got to Lexington, it was raining hard, and traffic after we got off the interstate was very heavy and was moving slowly. We finally arrived at Texas Roadhouse around 3:00.
Most Texas Roadhouses have an early-bird special before 6:00 PM of 8 or 10 entrees with two sides for $7.99. Their special usually includes a 6-ounce sirloin, which is what we always get. Although this restaurant has the early-bird special, it unfortunately did not include the sirloin. We love the steaks at Texas Roadhouse, so we both decided to have the 6-ounce sirloin anyway because we were both hungry for steak, and the regular price was still fairly reasonable at $9.79. We both got house salads with blue cheese dressing as one of our sides. For our second side, Margery got a baked potato, and Paul got mashed potatoes and gravy.
After lupper, we battled our way through rush hour traffic and rain to a nearby Sam's Club to pick up several items we needed, then we made our way through more heavy traffic and rain to the interstate. Fortunately, the traffic on the interstate wasn't bad, and we finally made it back to the motor home where we spent the evening watching the Olympics.
When we went out sightseeing that morning, we saw signs all up and down the road that passes the campground for yard sales. We realized it was the weekend for the 127 Corridor Sale - a.k.a. the World's Longest Yard Sale. U.S. 127 runs right past the campground and through Frankfort.
The 127 Corridor Sale officially started in 1987 and initially ran from Covington, KY to Chattanooga, TN. A few years later, the section from Chattanooga south through the corner of Georgia and into Alabama to Gadsden was added. In 2007, the route was extended northward through Ohio to the Michigan border; and in 2010, the section from the Michigan border to Addison was added making a total length of 690 miles. The sale starts on the first Thursday in August and runs through Sunday.
We had to make a Walmart run on Saturday, so we slowed down to check out some of the yard sales on the way. All up and down the highway, there were sales set up along the road...
...and in fields.
Potential customers cruise up and down the road looking for bargains. We're not sure what it is that attracts people to stop at a particular location. Perhaps they catch a glimpse of something that looks interesting, perhaps it is just intuition. However, the places where there was a larger group of sellers seemed to be the most popular. More sellers means more potential bargains for a given stop.
This is not a good time to be hurrying anywhere along U.S. 127. Cars stop suddenly, and they turn quickly across traffic. There are vehicles parked along the shoulder, and there are people crossing the road. Notice the skid marks at the location pictured below.
We slowed several times ourselves, and we pulled off onto the shoulder a couple of times; but we didn't see anything worth getting out of the car to look at more closely. We don't have any room to spare, so it wasn't that hard to resist.
We made our Walmart stop and headed back to the motor home. We relaxed and watched the Olympics the rest of Saturday and most of Sunday. We also made some of our pre-departure preparations on Sunday because we headed out to our next destination on Monday. We'll tell you where our next stop was in our next post.