It had been a lonely month. A month of solitude and forced rest. And now, driving through the barren winter fields, vast and silent and so still, I felt it all catching up with me. The boredom, the slight depression, the sudden slamming to a halt of any and all movement; I was so over it.
Summer was over. Our carefree days were about to end. Soon all of the busyness of the season would return. School, sports, activities, meetings; all would fill our days. But we had time for one last road trip. One last trip to explore and discover. One last trip together with no need to rush.
We choose one of the most out of the way places we could find for our adventure. A place so difficult to get to that it is isolated from its own state and, as of the 2000 census, only has 17 people living in it. This area is called Kentucky Bend and, while it is part of Kentucky, it does not touch Kentucky at all and the only way to enter it is by one rural road.
The bend is a notch that was created from a tight loop of the Mississippi River which surrounds three sides of the bend. The bend is tucked entirely into Missouri except for the bottom, which is connected to Tennessee and the only way into the area. Not a single part of the Kentucky Bend actually touches Kentucky!