This is like a feature in a scary movie…If you threw your sleeping bag down next to Kudzu, by morning you could very well be covered up by the Kudzu Monsters... Mua haha!
Kudzu was introduced into the United States in 1876 by Japan…and by 1953 the U.S. Government realized it was a BIG mistake. The plant (or vine) grows a foot a night and smothers every other plant out, including the biggest of trees. The first time I saw it, was at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and I thought it was beautiful, but a few years later the college got rid of it.
I remember taking the kids, when they were small, to Tennessee to see the Kudzu Monsters, as we called them. They were everywhere there and little did I know that Kudzu was first introduced in Georgia, or we would have gone there. We didn’t have any in Kentucky then except for that little patch at the college…anyway, I never saw any.
Now as we ride our cycles around our state, I see more & more Kudzu every year and it’s like we’re being invaded by it. The other day, while I was chauffeuring Jimmy, on my bike, I came across a road that had about 3 - 4 feet of the blacktop covered over by the Kudzu. I couldn’t stop and take a picture because there was a car behind me, so I came back a few days later and the road department had removed it by then.
Here’s another picture…it’s the same place as the first picture on this post. The Kudzu is covering everything on one side of the road and it’s even beginning to cover the road as well. It's not the picture that I intended to show you, but it will do. I even wanted to go to Norris Dam, in Tennessee and see if they still had their very impressive Kudzu Monsters, but I just haven’t made it there yet. It’s not even that far from our house…just a couple of hours drive. If it doesn't rain today, that might be a nice place to ride to.
You all have a nice day and if nothing comes up, I'll be out hunting the Kudzu Monsters.