Charleston to Tulsa (June 23, 2010)

After a lovely night at the Red Roof Inn Charleston-Highwayside, it was off to Tennessee via the land of Kentucky. The first stop in Kentucky was lunch in Lexington, a rather nice little town and birthplace of Mary Todd Lincoln; interestingly Abraham himself was born just down the road near Hodgenville, KY and also lived New Haven, KY as a child. I always thought as Lincoln being from Illinois- perhaps attributable to the fact that its license plates say as much- but it turns out he was originally from Kenucky- who knew?

(Lincoln's Boyhood Home)

Another highlight in Kentucky was a visit to the heart of bourbon country. The Bardstown area is chock full of distilleries and we visited our friends at Maker’s Mark. We had a lovely tour where we learned about the secrets behind production (the use of red winter wheat rather than rye apparently produces a sweeter, smoother taste than most other bourbons). Thanks to the folks back at corporate headquarters (specifically one Andrew Slater), we got to experience the highlight of the tour: dipping a special “Founder’s” bottle of Maker’s Mark’s into its trademark wax.

And since no trip to Kentucky is complete without at least one reference to the Kentucky Derby, we saw the house that was the inspiration for the song My Old Kentucky Home (the song that is sung before the Derby). Lets just say that the song is better than the house. Then it was back on the road and over the border into the Tennessee, where (thanks to our kind hosts the Greenes) we had a great night at the Honky Tonks on Broadway in Nashville.

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