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TFTR: A Big Honor and Goodbye to Danville, KY

Hey everybody,

First – thanks thanks thanks so much for all the views and wonderful comments about our Danville video (we’ve posted it again at the bottom of this blog if you haven’t seen it yet). It’s really a challenge to try to capture the essence of a place in video when you’re only able to spend a couple of days there, so your compliments mean the world to us. It’s a great honor and responsibility we have in sharing your little towns with the world, and we want to do our best to do them all justice. So thanks again!

One very important thing we’ve failed to mention in our Danville blogs is the fact that during our visit to Danville, we were presented with one of the highest honors anyone (especially a couple of strangers in a new town and new state) could ever expect to receive.

As we were finishing up our interview with the amazing glass-blowing artist Stephen Rolfe Powell (who is just the coolest guy ever, by the way), we were surprised by a small delegation of local officials, including Kentucky State Representative Mike Harmon, who all said they had a very big surprise for us.

So we walked outside, excited and a bit nervous, and Rep. Harmon announced that we had been chosen by the Governor of Kentucky to be named official Kentucky Colonels.

Say what?

If you didn’t know, “Kentucky colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Commissions for Kentucky colonels are given by the Governor and the Secretary of State to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation. The sitting governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky bestows the honor of a colonel’s Commission, by issuance of letters patent. After a person receives a commission, he or she is invited to join The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.”

Yep. You heard right. We are now officially colonels! So we expect a fanfare and salute anytime we enter the room. :)

In all seriousness though, words can’t properly describe how thrilled and honored we are to receive this designation. To have our names in the same hall as such notable and historic figures as Ronald Reagan, Muhammad Ali, Bill Clinton, Ansel Adams, John Glenn… and the list goes on and on.. well, all we can say is wow.

Thanks to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Rep. Harmon, and everyone in Danville who helped make this happen for us. Truly unforgettable.

And as we say goodbye to Danville, another big thank you thank you thank you to everyone in town for showing us such a wonderful time. You guys have a beautiful little corner of the world and we can definitely see why you’re so proud to call it home. Look forward to hopefully seeing you all again very soon!

God Bless!

~ Nik and Dusty

Our video from our visit to Danville:



  1. TwofortheRoad

    Thanks Pat :-) . We’ve loved every minute of it! All the towns have been so wonderful! Oh and we did make it to the Sumpter Valley Railroad. It was great fun! Got lots of good photos and video :-)

  2. The Sumpter Valley Railroad is being robbed this weekend, and encourages everyone to come ride the train and see the projects being worked on in the shops. The all-volunteer railroad welcomes visitors and encourages everyone to ride the train and ask about the local history. Will you be there?

    • Sumpter is just outside Baker City, and the Sumpter area can be one day’s touring around Baker City.

  3. pat handwerk

    Love the video, I think Nik should drive from now on,
    Dusty you can drink the bourbon and blog!!
    Have a great time, Colonels.
    Wish I had thought of that :)

  4. Two for the Road

    Hi Timothy! That’s right – we expect salutes! Hahaha :-) See ya soon!

  5. Looks like another exciting stop along your BestoftheRoad adventure. Just one question. Now that you’re Colonels, does that mean we have to salute when you visit Baker City? We just want to make sure that we don’t forget proper protocol in all the excitement. :)

  6. TwofortheRoad

    Hey y’all! Thanks for the kind words :-)
    Hi Marge. The Bardstown video is coming. We have been very busy trying to get our blogs and videos up as soon as possible. We just posted our second Bardstown blog and we are finishing up the video as well. Be patient! It’s gonna be a good one. Thanks for following :-)

  7. Marge

    Nothing posted anywhere about Bardstown? This whole thing seems to be rigged.

  8. Deann Mancuso

    Wow awesome!! Sounds like y’all are having a fabulous time!!! Your video cracked me up!! Nik u haven’t changed a bit! Love you guys praying for contined safe travels. Looks like y’all are in big A town tonight wish I could have seen ya!!

  9. Vicki A. Darnell

    dusty and nik,

    much thanks to you for visiting the “most beautiful” town in America, Danville Kentucky. And for sharing with so many though your blog and social media the wonderful history, people, and experiences of our fine community.

    Best regards,