136 – Demon Leaper – Louisville, KY

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On ep 136 of The Travel Oddities Podcast, look out Louisville! The boys are back in town and this time they’re hot on the trail of the Louisville Demon Leaper. This time around Brett promises to keep his halves to minimum.

As anyone who visits soon discovers, Louisville is one of the most uniquely authentic destinations on the planet. Welcome to “Bourbon City!”
Yes, Bourbon is a spirit that comes in a glass, but it’s also a spirit that defines their culture and compassion, their arts and parks, their creative energy. It’s this same spirit that continued and created Louisville itself – a city that combines heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality, quirkiness with friendliness in a way that’s completely unique.

While this isn’t their first trip to Louisville and definitely not their first cryptid, this may in fact be a Travel Oddities first, though..a Gargoyle. That’s right, The Louisville Demon Leaper has been terrorizing residents and onlookers at the Walnut Baptist Church for years. A creature believed to be a cross between a Moth Man and some even say Batman?

If gargoyles and Batmen aren’t in the itinerary then you definitely need to check out Bardstown Road. It’s the Vegas strip of the South without deviant behavior and showgirls. Although there may in fact be show girls. There is soooo much to do on Bardstown that they could hardly fit it in. Some deep cuts and choice cuts were made but you’re bound to find something to do and eat.

Speaking of eating on Bardstown. This week they hit another national treasure, Jack Fry’s. This gem dates back to the ‘30s and is a must when you are in the area.

Mysterious Universe – Demon Leaper
Local News of the Demon Leaper
Louisville Travel Info
Better Days Records
MEGA Cavern
Cave Hill Cemetery
Jack Fry’s
Those Conspiracy Guys – Mothman
Blurry Photos – Spring Heeled Jack
Episode 135 – Sensabaugh Tunnel
Episode 7 – Pope Lick Monster

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132 – The Alabama White Thang – Decatur, AL

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett are headed back to Sweet Home Alabama to hunt down the White Thang in Decatur, AL.

Decatur is located on the Tennessee River in Morgan County, Alabama. It has a rich history and activities for any traveler.

So, what is the Alabama White Thang, aside from being a misspelled cryptid?

Let’s just say that it is a big, white and scary bigfoot, dog, lion thang.

Do you like your cryptids to scream in your face?

If you don’t like being yelled at by mythical creatures, may we suggest checking out some of the best bbq while listening to live entertainment at the Riverfest BBQ and Music Fest?

This event is held on the third weekend in September every year.

We stop in at The Railyard. This is a Farm To Fork Restaurant in Historic Downtown Decatur.

Alabama White Thang
Decatur Alabama
Riverfest BBQ
The Railyard
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Puddles Pity Party

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116 – Windigo Lake – Ten Lake Township, MN

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Amy, Brett, Matt and Harley just got back from the Ozark Mountains UFO conference. More to come on that topic. On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett get to explore the beautiful Ten Lake Township in Minnesota. You can expect that Brett will use his MinneSOOOtah accent.

We discuss the Wendigo at Windigo Lake in the Chippewa National Forest. Is the Wendigo a physical being or a spectre? Is it Wendigo or Windigo? We don’t know the answer to these questions, so we brought in an expert. Chad Lewis, prolific author and Legend Tripper and honorary Travel Oddities Crew joins us to discuss this, the creepiest of cryptid/ghost things….

This oddity is spooky, but not as scary as traversing this area in the winter….dunna’ do eh.

Chippewa National Forest has twenty-three developed campgrounds, 100 back-country sites, 160 miles of hiking trails, 900 miles of river and three of the largest lakes in the state.

Brett REALLY likes travel..

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite.
Minnesota Nice Cafe is a family owned and operated cafe located in Bemidji, with home cooked meals just like Grandma used to make….and apparently Grandma’s specialty is the Beaver Tail Burger.

The segment formally known as the Top 5 drove away in a little red corvette.

Chad Lewis
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Leeroy Justice website
Ten Lake Township
Cass Lake
Lake Windigo
Chippewa National Forest
Explore Minnetsota
Minnesota Nice Cafe

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115 – Huggin’ Molly – Abbeville, AL

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On this week’s episode, Harley and Brett fight the spring snow to explore Abbeville, Alabama, you know….the Yellowhammer State, the “Heart of Dixie” or the “CottonState”.

We discuss a creepy haunting, phantom, cryptid or something called Huggin’ Molly. How scary can it be with a name like Huggin’ Molly?

This oddity may or may not scare you, but don’t let that keep you from traveling here. The town is like a time-capsule.

The Statue of Leroy Brown, the famous fish? Yes we are telling fish stories and ours is bigger than yours.

Brett spends some time explaining his theories on hugs and he is offering free hugs from the back of his panel van. So come one, come all…

No Episode of the Travel Oddities Podcast would be complete without a place to grab a bite. Huggin’ Molly’s restaurant obviously has been listening to our show. They have the lore and they built a store! If you run into the propriators…..tell them we accept cash or card.

The Top 5 was instrumental in the completion of this episode.

Specials thanks to Logan for the beautiful feedback and for sharing his story.

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Huggin’ Molly Restaurant
Leroy Brown
Abbeville, AL
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55 – Fouke Monster – Fouke, AR

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Pitch a tent and tip -toe through Boggy Creek with Brett and Harley as they travel to Fauke Arkansas with a Beast of an Oddity and thats just the Monster Mart. On this weeks episode we visit Fauke, Arkansas and investigate the story behind the 1972 cult classic “The Boggy Creek Monster” with the man who literally wrote the book on the ‘The Beast” with “The Beast of Boggy Creek “.Crypto legend, author, producer and musician ; Lyle Blackburn. Gather around the campfire as Lyle takes you on a guided tour of Fauke and tells you what stories inspired him as a child and what stories still give him the chills to this very day. We talk about how a little hole in the wall Oddity shop became a “Monster Quest” of a road trip destination.
So pack up the Henderson’s and strap in for the long haul…. Cause Travel Oddities snagged Lyle Blackburn Ya’ll.

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Our news story this week comes from Futurism Magazine. Can scientists generate power that will last long after the robots have taken over? Are Nuclear Diamonds actually forever? Researchers from some fancy college with two names seem to think so.

What The Actual Fauke!? If you’re planning your next trip on a tankful Lyle puts his “Beastly” reputation on the line with everything from the best burger to best donut in town. Not to mention the Monster of all Marts….Monster Mart.

PUP TENTS BEWARE!!! Plenty of primitive campsites in the Fauke and Boggy Creek areas there aren’t many places for lodging so roughing it is the order of the day. So Heed the Beasts call and beware of Nightfall.

Lest we forget the Arkansas Top 5. More fun facts about Arkansas than Bigfoot can shake a stick at. Brett’s personal favorite’s no less

Brett attempts to channel his inner Matthew Mac….AGAIN…
All this and and a bag of Big foot Scat on this episode of Travel Oddities

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46 – Crawfordsville Monster – Crawfordsville, IN

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Jesus, take the w…wifi password? Catch the next Greyhound bus and join Brett and Harley on a trip to find one of the strangest cryptids we have ever covered! On this week’s episode, we travel to Crawfordsville, IN to investigate the mystery of the Crawfordsville Monster. Back in September of 1891, the residents of this award winning community saw something that defied description. Did this town slip into a Lovecraftian horror story? Did they encounter the original Lost smoke monster or maybe an aerial serpent? When the local preacher is one of the eyewitnesses, does that give the story more credibility? This claim was investigated by Charles Fort and it is sometimes referred to as the American Dragon Maybe it was an atmospheric monster or maybe it was a flock of killdeer, but either way it is definitely an oddity of epic proportions.

Our news story comes from Headlines & Global News and involves a new book by an Oscar-winning author about aliens, UFOs and cattle mutilations.

If you are planning a trip to Crawfordsville, there are a few other activities that you might be interested in checking out:

Ropkey Armor Museum – north of Crawfordsville, Indiana, resides one of the finest collections of U.S. Tactical Military Vehicles in the country.

Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County – covers the history, heritage, and culture of Montgomery County.

We also discuss some of the more notable residents of Crawfordsville:
– “Curly Bill” Brocius
– Dick Van Dyke

Brett’s top 5 things you didn’t know about Indiana list.
We have an update on the latest Odd Challenge…you know, space syrup.
Check out the show….we will know if you don’t!

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