2013 Western Road Trip Day 1, May 30th

Last night we loaded up the Acadia and were able to get a 6:30 am start. About 5 minutes down the ICC, I realized that I had forgotten my hats, so we returned home. On the way Babs realized she had forgotten her ear rings which we also retrieved when we got home. We were back on the road by 6:50 am, so we  still did pretty well.

Our route today took us up the ICC to I-270, I-68, through MD, I-79 through WV, and finally I-64 through KY. It was a beautiful day with temperatures up into the 90’s and no rain. Our first stop was for breakfast at the McDonald’s on route 40 in Frederick  Our next stop was a “pit stop” at the West Virginia welcome center, where Babs had to take my photo.

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The route through West Virginia was mostly beautiful mountain vistas. Once into Kentucky the terrain is mostly rolling hills, planted fields, and beautiful horse farms. Just outside Lexington, Kentucky, this deserted castle stands in the middle of a farm field.

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Our next stop was  Lincoln’s Birthplace National Historic Park. The central attraction is a monument designed by the same gentleman who designed the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC , John Russell Pope. The monument has 56 steps to the main floor, one for each year of Lincoln’s age when he was assassinated.

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Housed inside the granite and marble monument is a replica of the cabin in which Lincoln was born. The memorial was the first for Lincoln and was built entirely through donations.

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Tonight we are in Cave City, Kentucky at a Sleep Inn which is surprisingly nice and very inexpensive.  Dinner was at a Mexican restaurant which was very good.

Tomorrow we head toward St. Louis, MO after a tour of Mammoth Cave in the morning.

Babs Says: Ah, Kentucky – it has two of my favorite things; beautiful horses and Bourbon!

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