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From Australia to Niagara, via Corydon, Aussies find hospitality along the way

From past walkers to horse riders, Corydon has seem to become an unofficial gateway to the rest of the country. The latest folks to happen upon this small town hail from the land Down Under.
Driving across the United States in a recreational vehicle they purchased for $18,000 through eBay, Trevor and Denise Flegler of Coomera ‘ which is located near the Gold Coast region of Australia ‘ landed in Grand Trails RV park in downtown Corydon recently.
The husband and wife flew from Australia to Los Angeles, then drove to Phoenix to pick up their RV, which would be worth about $75,000 if it were back home. They are headed for Niagara Falls to visit relatives, mostly traveling on or near the fabled Route 66.
They stayed the night in Evansville on May 19, then drove to Corydon.
In the ‘six or seven times’ they’ve visited the United States, they’ve visited 30 states, but this is the first time they’ve been through Illinois and Indiana.
‘It was 90 degrees when we were in Phoenix, 103 in Laughlin (Nevada) and 100 degrees in Las Vegas. Then we stopped in Arizona and there was snow. Then we were in New Mexico and there was snow,’ Denise said. ‘The weather here is just beautiful. There is so much green. If you go 200 miles in from the coast back home, you are in the desert. Your country has a little bit of everything, and you can almost tell you are in a different state just by the terrain.’
The duo enjoyed the hospitality while on their stay here, and particularly enjoyed the historic sites Corydon had to offer.
‘There’s a tremendous amount of American history in this town, particularly with the Civil War. We watch a lot of History Channel and Discovery Channel back home, so the visit here was remarkable,’ Trevor said.
When asked what Australia’s view was of Americans, the Flegler’s agreed: Big, loud, and ‘most Australians think all Americans are just like the people on ‘Cops.’
Of course, they know better.
‘Americans really aren’t much different than us. Especially in the little towns, there’s a lot of hospitality here, and when someone hears our accent, they become particularly interested in us,’ Trevor said. ‘Even in the queue (line) at your Wal-Mart, people were extremely nice.’
The two were set to shove off last Tuesday, bound for Louisville, then Lexington, then into the hills of eastern Kentucky before starting the trip north to Niagara Falls, N.Y.

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