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Published: March 20th 2022
Travel day form Nashville to home via Louisville.
We slept in today. Did not get up until 0830, which for a dairy farmer is sleeping until after the normal second breakfast. Usually there is a breakfast snack before milking and another breakfast after milking. Leo had a walk to the park and then we loaded up the truck. We departed Nashville into a cool cloudy day. We drove for just a bit and then had a quick stop for breakfast.
Our first stop of the day was in Louisville at the Evan Williams. Took a look around and Pete picked out a couple of specialty selections of whiskey that are not available at a regular store.
We decided we should check out the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory next. It is only a few blocks down the road. We had driven by it last year through on our way home from our Knoxville spring break trip and decided we should stop. The tour was a very well organized and informational tour with a short video of the woods and forest that is the source of all of the bats and a video of the initial wood processing mill
in Pennsylvania. The bat millets are then shipped to the Louisville factory for the final steps. The process for grading and the different varieties of wood was explained. Each of the major league baseball players that has bats made is involved in the process of deciding the wood type and length and weight of their bats. They had a nice display of the millets and a bat of one member of each of the MLB teams. The bats for the MLB players are milled on a computerized lathe. Many of the players that have contracts with the Louisville Slugger have signed the machine. The standard bats come through a different machine on a different line. The bats are inspected, stamped and stained during the finishing process. Players with contracts have their bats with a “signature” on them and the other players bats are all marked with a block letter stamp. At the end of the tour everyone got a miniature bat and could take an end that is cut off the bat after the lathing process is completed. We also did a walk through of the museum. Lori also tried out the Christian Yelich bat in the batting cage. $2
for 10 pitches. Hit 9/10 pitches (softball) and one of them definitely hit the sweet spot on the bat!
We had a nice lunch at Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse. We got the family sampler. It included turkey, pulled pork, ribs, sausage, brisket and sides of mac and cheese and coleslaw and potato salad as well as a variety of sauces. The food was definitely up there as far as good quality meat and flavor for all of the dishes.
We continued our drive home on a lovely cloudy and drizzly day. I65 until Chicago. Good weather for traveling as it is not nice out where you would want to be out doing something fun, but also not bad driving weather.
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