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Old November 25th, 2014   #11
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Old November 29th, 2014   #12
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We arrived at the Visitor's Center for Mammoth Cave and it was an impressive place.

We checked for the next available tour and we only had about 20 minutes to wait. However, it was a 2 hour tour. Pop never hesitated. He refused to go.

Okay, here is where I got aggravated. I had not wanted to go out of my way to visit a damned cave to begin with but now that I had ridden all that way and modified my other riding plans, he did not want to take the tour? What the hell?

We went into the building and Pop went into the gift shop. He started shopping just like my Mom would do, looking and thinking and pondering and just generally wasting time. Time that we could be riding our bikes. I went to the museum while Pop looked at coffee mugs. When I got back, Pop was still looking at coffee mugs. I went and wandered around some more. Pop was still looking at coffee mugs. Finally I told him we needed to make some kind of decision and get moving. He never bought a coffee mug.

I wanted to at least look at the cave opening. We were told it was "Only a couple hundred yards down there but you can't go in." I would say it was closer to 400 yards, downhill the whole way. We could feel the temp dropping as we approached. Pop was starting to bitch about what the climb back up would be like. I was gritting my teeth.

We reached the opening and folks were just walking down the steps and going in as they pleased. I asked Pop if he wanted to at least walk down the steps and look inside. "No, then I'd have to climb back up all those steps. I already have to walk all the way back up that hill you drug me down." I did not trust myself to speak so I went back to gritting my teeth.

We started back up the hill, Pop bitching the whole way. I turned to the right and started up a steeper trail and Pop really started fussing. I informed him that I was hungry, I was sure the restaurant was that way and I was going to it. Pop followed.

We had a couple of decent sandwiches for lunch and I got control of my irritation. I told Pop that we could get a room at the hotel, take as many tours of the cave for as long as he wanted. Pop was adamant that he was not taking a cave tour for that long. He said he wanted to spend that time riding his bike. I nearly choked on my reply. I was thoroughly pissed now but I was desperately trying to not ruin this trip.

It hit me then, I finally got it. Pop had some hang up about going underground. I had gotten that impression long ago but now I was sure of it. And Pop does not like to admit to any fear, ever. I am not sure but I think he would have gone if it had been a short, in and out kind of tour. Two hours underground was just too long for him.

We got back on the bikes and I tried to salvage what was left of my day. I navigated us back North toward Hwy 62.

The "Natural Entrance" to Mammoth Cave:
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Old November 29th, 2014   #13
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As I routed us back North toward Hwy 62 I was irritated over wasted time and lost opportunities. I was still hopeful that with a little hard riding I might have time to see all the things I had hoped for that day.

Then, I passed a sign telling me that I had just entered the Eastern Time Zone. The spiteful Garmin instantly changed its time display and just like that, I lost another hour.

Still, there was a pretty important POI that I wanted to check out. We took a left turn into The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Monument. And it was worth our time.

There was a spring where they were sure Abe got his first sip of water. There was a beautiful and imposing Greek Revival temple looking building sitting atop a hill. It was built over and around the cabin that Abe was supposed to have been born in. It was all very solemn and impressive.

The funny thing is that about 40 years after all that was done, they found out that they had the wrong cabin. They don't know what happened to the real cabin but it was there close and it was a whole lot like this cabin...

1. The Sunken Spring
2. The Monument
3. Pop with the Wrong Cabin
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Old November 29th, 2014   #14
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So, we wasted the cool morning at Mammoth Cave and rode in the oppressive heat of the afternoon. I was still stewing over this when Pop's voice came through my headset.

"Son, I'm sorry. I made us waste a fine morning. All for nothing."

Well...

The beauty of the Cardo Scala Rider is that you can have these little talks. We worked it out. I had to tell him that the ride in and out was not a waste, we were riding our motorcycles and that was what we came to do. The wasted part was missing an opportunity to see something that spectacular and not doing it. The worst waste of all was the shopping. I cannot stand that part. His concern was finding "Something for your Mother. She expects some kind of souvenir and I never know what to buy her."

Ah, yes. But Redfish has a plan! Redfish always has a plan. I told him to be patient, I would take care of all those little problems soon enough.

Now, a confession. I hardly ever drink alcohol. Mostly because I just don't have the time. I like to drink and I am a fun, happy drunk but I seldom drink. Marriage, fatherhood and all that fun stuff all but ended my drinking.

But... I am still very interested in certain aspects of alcohol production and consumption. I particularly respect the history of certain brands. Kentucky is home to many famous names and obviously Bourbon County is home to all bourbons. And there was one company in particular that held my interest.

Because, when it is really time to drink... We don't talk Jack and we don't wear crowns. We just give 'em the Bird!
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Old November 29th, 2014   #15
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When we finally got there we found out we were 30 minutes too late for the last distillery tour of the day. I was terribly disappointed. I almost decided to get a room close and come back in the morning. The nice lady at the counter told me that tomorrow's tour would not be as good because, "That man over there won't be here tomorrow and he is the best part of the tour."

I already knew who "That Man" was without asking. His name is on every bottle of Wild Turkey and has been for about as long as I have been alive. Mr. Jimmy Russell. The Master Distiller.

So, I walked over and introduced myself. For the next 20 or so minutes I had the honor of speaking to Mr. Russell. He has been working for Wild Turkey for 60 years. 60 Years!!! working for the same company. When I commented that I could not imagine being with the same wife for 60 years much less at the same job, Mr. Russell laughed and said, "60 years with the same company, but I have been married for 61 years!" I found that as impressive as anything else he had done.

I spent almost $200 in that gift shop. Pop? Well, Pop found every souvenir he needed right there at the Wild Turkey Distillery Gift Shop. Oh, and before I forget, I wish this computer could share the smell of that place. The scent of the wood mixed with the scent of the bourbon... I cannot explain it but it was wonderful.

Hwy 62 routed us around the west and north sides of Lexington. You may have heard this already, but there are a few horse farms around Lexington. Just a few, nothing special. I was unable to take pictures due to traffic and time but perhaps I can describe what I saw.

It looked like $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$! Lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$! Hundreds of acres, miles of wooden fences, perfectly cut grass, red brick palaces set high upon the hilltops, wow. I have seen plenty of sights in my time but nothing prepared me for that display of wealth. I still cannot comprehend that kind of money. And yes, I am jealous.

It took me longer to get around Lexington than I expected due to traffic. I talked with Pop and he said he was good to go so we headed for the next Kentucky State Park on our route, Blue Licks Battlefield. We had loads of fun getting there because Hwy 62 got more twisty as we moved East. We made it with 30 minutes to spare before the dining room closed. Supper was great and the room was nice. To top it all off, we sipped on some of the "souvenir" Wild Turkey Pop had bought.

Pop still felt badly about "wasting" part of our day. He knew that we would have easily made the distillery tour. I dismissed all of that. We were on a motorcycle vacation. We had ridden our motorcycles. What else were we supposed to be doing?

We both went to bed happy. A truly great day after all.
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Old November 30th, 2014   #16
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Day 4 Tues Sept 9th

We had an excellent breakfast at the lodge dining room to go with our mediocre coffee. The morning was beautiful, upper 60s for the temp, a light fog lingering...

I only have 2 issues with Blue Licks Battlefield State Park.
1. It is not set in a spectacularly beautiful location.
2. There is not a good explanation for the history of this place at the lodge.

If we had been willing to walk the trails I am sure both of those issues would be null and void.

Without turning this into a history lesson, the Battle of Blue Licks was fought 10 months after Cornwallis had already surrendered. Due to some truly dumb leadership a group of Kentuckians allowed themselves to be lured into an ambush and were destroyed. The Indians who fought for the British mutilated the bodies and that led to an eventual retaliation that all but ran them from that area.

Daniel Boone fought in that battle and his son was killed there. Ole Dan'l sure covered a lot of ground in his day. He seems to have been everywhere and gotten a lot of credit for a lot of wonderful things. I bet the truth was a bit different. I am guessing that Dan'l Boone was not a very good husband or father. In an age where men had to work to support the farm and family Dan'l was never home. I bet his neighbors cursed him for being a lazy bastard.

Or, as Pop suggested, he may have had a nagging, bitching wife...

Speaking of Lazy... Pop tells me quite often, "The lazy man always works harder." Since I was too lazy to wire in the connector for my Aerostich compact air compressor, I had to partially disassemble Ole Blue to get to my battery. We had to add air to the rear tire of both bikes.

At any rate, we headed for Johnson Creek Covered Bridge. This is very close to the state park but like a lot of things in Kentucky, there could be better signs so the traveler could actually find the thing. I decided that we must have missed it and it was not that important anyway. Then, there it was.

We found ourselves completely delighted with it. I never understood the fascination for covered bridges and I still don't but we studied the wood work and metal work and the structure and the craftsmanship and the effort involved without electric power tools and... We giggled like children when we rode through it.

The one sour note was the graffiti. Pop and I hope there is a special place in Hell for the graffiti "artists" who just had to deface this wonderful artifact.

We twisted around avoiding a few deer along the way and rejoined Hwy 62. Now, as much time as I spend with Google Maps and Bing Maps and MapQuest and paper maps and the GPS, mistakes still happen. In this case, the road signs/#'s don't match the computer maps. So, when I crossed the Ohio River!!! into Ohio, I was on the wrong bridge. I thought I was just a bit further North. This led to me wasting a few minutes riding South on River Road (Hwy 52) in Ohio. When I realized my mistake, we took a slightly different route into the hills and had one of the best and most enjoyable rides of our trip. The little bit of Ohio that we saw was beautiful, the road kept us happy and excited, we loved it. Pop scraped his pegs twice and we laughed the entire time.

We finished our Ohio loop and re-crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky. We took Hwy 68 back toward Paris KY. As we approached lunch time we were also close to Blue Licks Battlefield State Park. We stopped back by there for an excellent lunch and jumped back on Hwy 68 headed West by South West.

Just outside Paris we turned onto Hwy 460 and pointed our way SouthEast. This road would have been wonderful but was being "improved" and straightened so we alternated between twisty curvy wonderfulness and new construction. We enjoyed it anyway. As evening approached I suggested another KY State Park and Pop approved. We liked them much better than chain hotels in the towns and they were cheaper with better food.

We pulled into Jenny Wiley State Park and parked next to a BMW R1150RT and a MotoGuzzi California. Both had very fresh road rash.

We got a nice but somewhat outdated room with a nice balcony view. This park not only had a restaurant, it also had a bar! I wanted to get a couple bottles of beer to drink on our balcony but they could not allow it. So, Pop and I sat in the bar and sipped our beers. I flirted with the beer maid.

We were joined by the guy on the BMW and found he was from a town about an hour from us back in Louisiana. The bikes both belonged to a friend of his from Florida. He was caught unawares by the presence of the bar and did not have his wallet so I bought him a beer and flirted with the beer maid. He turned out to be a really nice guy and he had lots of questions about my Honda ST1300. Both he and his buddy were very interested in the Honda and were thinking of buying one.

I told him the blue one parked outside just might be for sale...

When we started to leave for our dinner, the beer maid asked if I wanted one more. I replied that if I drank another I would be trying to hold her hand, get her to dance, or just sit on my lap. She offered to buy that beer.

I shook her hand and thanked her. But I went and ate my supper with Pop smirking at me.

Overall, Jenny Wiley State Park was a win. I still need to do some research and find out who Jenny Wiley was.
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Old November 30th, 2014   #17
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Great to see you still writing, BTW. You make the trips memorable. Much better than any writing I can do.
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How old is your pop?
I'm 74 and he sounds a lot grumpier than I am.
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Old December 27th, 2014   #19
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Pop made 69 in August. He was actually really happy for most of this trip. We were both much more relaxed without having to monitor the other two bikes. We were for the most part happy and unhurried, the ST and the FJR complement each other very nicely, and we understand each other's moods pretty well.

I think overall I am the grouchy one. My television heroes are Oscar The Grouch from Sesame Street and The Grinch.

Back on topic: One thing I had never seen and had no appreciation for was tobacco growing. It is hard to believe that a plant that grows so beautifully and supports such a fine looking community of farmers could be the Evil Villain in the cigarette wars. After watching the farmers harvesting the tobacco and seeing how they live, I think the problem might not be the tobacco. Folks just need to learn moderation.

I only took one decent pic of tobacco in the field but pics would not do justice to this beautiful crop. I would be willing to plant this in my front yard if it would not wither and die...
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My view from the balcony at Jenny Wiley State Park:
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