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North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville July 9th 2019

The first thing that we had to get right was the pronunciation of Louisville. It is not as it is written but shortened somewhat to something that sounds like Lureville. It was great to be in a big buzzy city again although the architecture was similar to the small towns we have been in, just higher. We were berthed a long way out of town as there was a large music and food festival downtown so all the berths there were taken. And of course ours was a late booking. We heard there was a hotel that had contemporary art in it. It was easy to pick as there was a huge gold statue of David outside. Even larger than he is in Florence. Rows of large red penguins adorn the pediment above the door as ... read more
Unique Limo with glass beads
You too can have a giant animal
Photo of workers commuting

Hi, How much fun can two people have? We are finding out. Here's more from the Great American Road Trip. Today we had breakfast at our famous hotel, the Jailhouse Inn, in Bardstown, Kentucky. After breakfast, we got a tour of the facility. Turns out, this place was a jail since 1819. It was built with heavy limestone walls and looked impossible to break out. Only, once a couple of guys created a fake gun from soap and got away. We were lucky and just paid and left. We decided to make another unplanned stop on the way to Cincinnati. We drove up to Louisville to the Churchill Downs. Neither of us had been there before and decide to tour the facility. It did not eliminate the race from our bucket list at all. In fact, ... read more
Heaven Hill Heritage Center
Heaven Hill Heritage Center
Churchill Downs

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville March 22nd 2016

Geo: 38.2549, -85.7664 Weather: Clear and sunny 65 degrees. No rain. Hours: 7 Miles: 443 States: Ohio and Kentucky University of DaytonR estaurant: El Rancho Grande **** Hotel: Courtyard Louisville East Water Bottles: 8 Movies: Shawn the Sheep Car issues: Car shakes when braking. (Ok now. Hmm) We are on the road again. We have 7 hours and 443 miles under our tires. We picked up the kids from school Tuesday at the end of the day. We were hoping for another extra day off Wednesday for Cheerleading Championship win. We didn't get it on Wednesday this year. It is in April sometime. We needed to get on the road as early as possible so we took the chance. Though, I did forget to call Amy McCloud to tell her the kids were going to be ... read more
University of Dayton
El Rancho Grande

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville December 16th 2015

Geo: 38.2549, -85.7664A city like Louisville demands a visit when it is home to the self-proclaimed "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports", the self-proclaimed “Greatest” boxer in history, the self-proclaimed “Number 1 Finger Lickin' Good” fried chicken restaurant chain in the world, and the self-proclaimed “world famous” baseball bat maker. And while you might argue with the “greatest two minutes in sports” since it doesn't involve hockey, it would be difficult to dispute the others. First up for us was the Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory.Legend has it that the son of a local woodworking shop owner slipped away from work one afternoon in 1884 to watch Louisville's major league team, the Louisville Eclipse. The team's star, Pete "The Gladiator" Browning, mired in a hitting slump, broke his bat. The... read more
Colonel Sanders Is A "Top Chef"?
Louisville Slugger Walk Of Fame
Louisville Slugger Walk Of Fame

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville May 12th 2015

Following a six-night stay (I truly am losing it!) at T. O. Fuller State Park in Memphis TN, I packed up the Pilgrim and began humming my Willie Nelson anthem. I initially had planned a two-week stop in the Louisville KY area to accommodate the attractions plus the Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF) activities – most notably The Great Steamboat Race. With one aunt and three cousins also to visit in the area, I knew I would have an action-packed two weeks. When I saw the large number of interesting attractions and then learned that Add-More Campground in Clarksville IN, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, has only daily and monthly rates (I learned that was to discourage gypsies), I decided to pay for the entire month and to add a third week to my stay. ... read more
What Else Would Adorn Louisville Streets But Horses
How Do You Say Louisville???
Many Old, Abandoned Commercial Structures In The Inner City Are Being/Have Been Repurposed Instead Of Demolished

I was Googling a steamboat excursion on the Mississippi River, perhaps Memphis to Saint Louis and back, when I happened upon a steamboat race. Now, this is the kind of unique event that finds its way right onto Uncle Larry’s “A List!” Further examination revealed the Belle of Louisville annually races the Belle of Cincinnati on the Ohio River. It’s not an excursion but an evening trip of a few hours. That works for me! Further research revealed there is a horse race the Saturday following the steamboat race – the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF) began, believe it or not, on January 15, 2015 with the Norton Sports Health Training Program. The program was a 14-week conditioning program to ready contestants for the KDF Marathon and miniMarathon. Whew! What a relief to learn ... read more
The Local TV Stations Did Several Live Broadcasts During Their Morning News Programs
The Launch Site Is Very Spacious
There Was A Small Crowd On A Workday Afternoon

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville March 5th 2014

The time has come folks. This will be the last post that I will write on this site. My life is no longer the constant travel and wanderlust that it once was, and as such doesn't really have a place on a travelblog website. Alas! All things must come to pass, and this blog is no different. However, all is not lost! I have started a new blog on! This new blog will have a different feel - not so much about travel anymore as it is about my birthday goals that you all have come to know and love. So jet on over to: and subscribe to my new blog! I'd love to have you check it out! And for those of you who just loved my travel blog here, and want to ... read more

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville October 4th 2013

Outside of the trail my father and I took the opportunity to see what else the great state of Kentucky has to offer. Horse racing and bourbon go hand in hand in Kentucky. While we were unable to catch a race we were able to tour Keensland and The Churchill Downs. The Downs is where the Kentucky Derby is held and they have a great museum of the sport. We enjoyed a traditional Mint Julep at the Derby Cafe and got to see where the millionaire rows were. My sister would have really enjoyed the downs. I could picture her strutting around with her fancy hat drinking a julep. While we were in Louisville, we enjoyed the Urban Bourbon Trail, which basically was a pub crawl that takes you all over the city. It was fun. ... read more
Mint Julep
The Taste
The Original Hot Brown

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville July 19th 2013

Aaaaaaaanndd they're off!! Months of planning and anticipation culminated in our (almost) on time departure this morning, leaving the US Capital in our rear view mirror for a month as we steer the loaded-down 21st century model family truckster westward. As Todd encouraged the kids to rise to the occasion for the next 28 days by exhibiting more than their typical level of patience and flexibility it didn't take long for our first opportunity to model the same to arise. Within a few hours of driving, the conversation went something like: (Tap, tap, tap, tap) Marcia: "Would whoever is making that tapping noise please stop?" (tap, tap, tap, tap) Marcia: "I mean it - stop tapping!" (Tap, tap, tap, tap) Marcia (twisting around to discover no one is tapping): "Huh, that can't be good." After opening ... read more
Do Not Open
Ready to Roll
Departure Time

North America » United States » Kentucky » Louisville February 21st 2013

If you're trying to be miserable, it's important you don't have any goals. No school goals, personal goals, family goals. Your only objective each day should be to inhale and exhale for sixteen hours before you go to bed again. Don't read anything informative, don't listen to anything useful, don't do anything productive. If you start achieving goals, you might start to feel a sense of excitement, then you might want to set another goal, and then your miserable mornings are through. To maintain your misery, the idea of crossing off your goals should never cross your mind. -John Bytheway, How to Be Totally Miserable Welcome back to my blog! If you are a new reader then surely nothing seems awry. However, if you are an old companion, then you must realize how historically rare it ... read more

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