Day 14 - Bourbon to Honky Tonks

Trip Start Jul 03, 2013
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Trip End Jul 25, 2013


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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Beautiful day to start. Nice breakfast at the hotel, then into town for a little walk about. Kendra noticed the two old men sitting in chairs in front of their shop, in the only shade left on the street, watching us as we made our way up and down the street. She was mortified when I chose to walk right past them. One spoke up noticing our foreignness but couldn't figure out where we were from. He ran a western knick knack shop, the other ran tours of the town. Very nice guys, even gave the girls a few souvenirs to take home, and me a bunch of ideas on what to see in town. Instead I headed off to Makers Mark distillery for a tour and some samples. Bought a few bottles and dipped them myself. Then we headed south where we unexpectedly came across Lincoln's birthplace and boyhood home. Later down the road we came across the expected Mammoth Cave, and later still the attractions of Nashville. In hindsight we probably should have opted to stay in downtown instead of by grand ole opry. Kendra found a great, although not authentic to Nashville, place to eat. And afterwards we walked down Broadway and observed the numerous honey tonks.

States Visited: Kentucky, Tennesee*
Stops Made: Town of Bardstown, Maker's Mark Distillery, Lincoln Birthplace and Boyhood Home, Mammoth Cave N.P., Music Row in Nashville
Meals: breakfast in hotel; cucumber & cheese lunch in car; dinner @ Etch in Nashville
Accommodations: Hampton Inn in Nashville, TN
Miles Driven: 217 miles
Driven on Interstates: 84 (38%)
Drive Time: 5:16 (~41 mph avg)
Weather: hot all day starting out at 88, reaching high of 96, finishing off at 91 at night in Nashville. Mammoth Cave was a cool 55.

Movie Watched: (none)

Highlights:
- nice breakfast at the hotel
- taking walk along Main Street of Bardstown
- meeting Buddy (from Texas) on Bardstown walk
- girls getting souvenir magnets from buddy
- great tour of Maker's Mark distillery
- unexpectedly running across Lincoln birthplace and boyhood home
- arriving just in time for historic tour of mammoth cave
- clerk at hotel charging $139 instead of $179
- great dinner at Etch in Nashville
- meeting Kristin the waitress and Taylor the valet
- walking down Music Row in Nashville

Lowlights:
- screaming kids on cave tour
- continued bad luck with crappy Kentucky and Tennesee drivers
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