Traveling With Jerry ( First Trip)
We began our travel from the home Ret. Col. Gerald (Jerry) Sargent. He lives in the picaresque town of Franklin, Indiana home of Franklin College and Don and Donna's restaurant the best place to eat breakfast in the world. The town has all the charm of a small town with the updated features that make you feel at home. We took the highway 144 out of Franklin and headed for Mooresville, Indiana. Along the way we traveled through Bargersville and into Hopewell. These are typical farming communities with a spattering of farms and up-dated new homes. You drive along a winding highway shaded by trees up and down small hills. You cross over White river which transects most of Indiana east to west and finally dumps its load into the Wabash river. Ballard McDonald wrote the song Back Home Again in Indiana with lyrics such as “When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash then I long for my Indiana home.” It is sort of the unofficial song of Indiana. We cruised into Mooresvile, the old stomping ground for Public Enemy number 1 John Dillinger. While in town visit Gray Brothers Cafeteria just visited by Man vs Food. The town was even visited by then president Ronald Regan. The town is another place that reminds you of a time long lost with its downtown that looks old but is up to date like many Indiana towns. A good place to raise a family. On highway 267 now we motor in to Plainfield, Indian. The towns main street is the old National Road US 40. it was one of the first major improved highway built by the federal government. Construction began in 1881 in Maryland. It was built over by Us 40 which at one time stretched east to west from Atlantic City, New Jersey to San Francisco, California. US 40 took over many existing highways to create this feat. Now interstate 70 takes its place just a few miles south and does the same with four to six lanes without little drives through the cities that made the United States the place we like to be. The downtown looks the same as it did fifty years ago, but with a new multi million dollar face lift. Like many other communities around Indiana Plainfield took the areas of the old interurban and made them into walking and bike paths. What a way to save the land and teach our children. Plainfield also built new areas and developed its vast acreage into shopping centers and business. Its open air shopping center the Metropolis is a real jewel. The Indianapolis Airport has encroached the eastern city limits and the city has taken advantage of it by building an industrial park to rival any big city. We traveled on to Jerry's brothers home and went out to eat. All in all a very pleasant day. Traveling with Jerry is like traveling with an open history book. The man can quote days and dates and the events that happen. I am lucky to be driving him around.