Willisburg natives return from 22-state motorcycle trip

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By Geoff Hamill

By the time most people are 67 years old, they have retired, and many have settled down, ready to calmly enjoy a simple life at home. Then, there are those folks who decide life is meant to be lived to the fullest, regardless of their ages, and they do just about whatever crosses their minds.

Three Willisburg natives recently got the idea to hit the road, and they didn’t think twice when it came time to act on that idea. That’s what took Joe Carney, his first cousin Don Carney, and their lifelong friend and childhood neighbor Sherrill Cornish through 22 states over 19 days on their motorcycles. Joe continues to live in Willisburg, and Sherrill now lives in the Texas community, while Don has moved to Burgin, just outside Harrodsburg, but the men are still close friends.

“We all played together when we were kids, and we stayed with each other during the summers. I was down visiting him one day, and Joe saw on TV where one of the heirs to the McCullough Foundation purchased the London Bridge and brought it to the United States, then reassembled it in Arizona,” Don said. “He said he wanted to ride across it. I told him I knew the way to the Grand Canyon, and told him I could get him most of the way there, so we started talking more and more about it.”

Sherrill Cornish, a lifelong friend of the Carney cousins, had a goal of his own.

“Sherrill hears about it, and he said there are 13 states he hadn’t been through on that old motorcycle of his that’s got over 100,000 miles on it. He asked if we would mind swinging up north and pick up those states. We’re all three retired, so it didn’t matter a whole lot, so that’s what we did.”

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