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Day 23 - Long Drive - Day 24 - Bowling Green, KY

LOOOONG drive, Corvette Museum and Factory, planning

semi-overcast 27 °C

Day 23 - Driving

Distance traveled 527 miles (845 k) Total distance 4,535 miles (7,668 k)

Nine hours on the road, from Oden Arkansas, past Little Rock, AR, Memphis, TN, Nashville, TN and up into Kentucky, to finish the day at Staybridge Suites in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

We picked up sushi for supper, watched a bit of TV and crashed for the night. Lots of the plans for the next three days, and this was a good, although long, drive. We are averaging 7.7 litres of gas for each 100 kilometers we travel, which works out to 31 miles per gallon, pretty darn good mileage. Our Honda CR-V is working just fine.

Day 24 - Bowling Green, KY

Distance traveled 60 miles (100 k) Total distance, 4,635 miles, (7,768 k)

The day started with breakfast at the hotel. Now this is a good breakfast, compared to some of the crap that other hotels call a breakfast. Very good on you, Staybridge Suites!

This is the town where Chevrolet Corvettes are built and home of the Corvette Museum. This place has hundreds of Corvettes, back to the very first, a 1953:

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There is at least one of every model year on display here, many of them privately owned and loaned to the museum by proud owners.

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Two years ago a giant sinkhole opened up under the museum, swallowing 8 mint condition Corvettes. The sink hole video is on You Tube if you are interested.

The area here is riddled with caves and underground vaults that collapse at the drop of a hat it seems. We will be exploring the area's caves on Sunday when we visit Mammoth Caves National Park.

This is what the wrecked cars looked like when they were pulled from the 50 foot deep sinkhole. The guide we talked to said the cars were valued at $1 million:

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This mural is made up of individual photographs of Corvettes:

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We then toured the nearby Corvette Assembly Plant. The tour is very informative and well worth the almost two hours needed to go through the plant. The tour follows the assembly process from start to finish. It takes about 2 days to build a Corvette from scratch, and the factory builds about 140 cars per day on a 5 day work week. There are 1000 employees dedicated to this task, and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves as they assembled away.

The base car price is $70,000 US and goes up, from there, to a top end model for $132,000 US. For $1,300 US you can actually go to the factory and walk through as they build your car and have photos taken of the construction. There was a couple doing just that as we were on our tour. The guy told me their car was going to cost $85,000 and they had been waiting for two weeks for word to come down for the build. They pick up their car on Monday morning.

After the car factory we decided to take in the local Arboretum and entered the address into our GPS. After a convoluted journey over back roads, hill and dale we came out in the middle of no where. On the way to no where we saw several mailboxes of this variety:

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We did finally find the Arboretum and had a nice tour, not too much in bloom, but Jenny did make one friend:

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Tomorrow we tour a bit...a monastery where they make cheese, at least one, maybe two, Bourbon makers, explore a small town, and perhaps tour a horse farm.

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 15:44

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