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Day 25, 26 - Exploring Kentucky

Lincoln's Birthplace, Houses in Bardstown, Abbey of Gethsemani, Mammoth Caves National Park, Packing for the drive back to Canada

semi-overcast 23 °C

Miles traveled 445 miles (712 k) Total 5,080 miles (8,128 k)

We decided to pass on going to Nashville and instead targeted middle Kentucky farmlands and small towns for the day. We left on highway 31W which meander in the general direction of Lexington. Our goal town was Bardstown, voted most beautiful small town the in United States in 2012. Over the course of our 6 hour excursion we came upon the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln

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Just a few miles down the road was Hodgenville, the town were Lincoln lived as a young boy, and home to a historical museum on his life. The town square also has a statue of him as president:

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We proceeded on to Bardstown, and it was indeed a very cute little town, with houses dating back to the 1780's. We were a little disappointed to discover that the Kentucky Bourbon Marketplace, was a actually just a bar disguised as a 'tasting' house. The prices were a bit high, and we are not real bourbon fans so we passed on tastings, which would have very quickly eaten into our discretionary funds. :)

We did see this pair of horses with an Elect Trump sign, which we thought would have been more appropriately placed at the other end of the horses:

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So we satisfied ourselves with a walking tour of the very fine houses in the town, some of which we immortalized in photographs:

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Driving further into the countryside we came up on the Abbey of Gethsemani, where Trappist monks live in a vow of silence, except for periods of chanting. They make and sell preserves and sell products produced by other abbeys for fun and profit. The church is incredibly silent:

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Back at our hotel, we had a beer (or two). We only photographed this one:

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Day 26 - Mammoth Caves National Park

This was a special place to visit. Incredible cave system which extends over 400 miles (explored so far) under Kentucky. We did the Domes and Dripstones tour, which takes you 250 feet below ground into caves that have taken eons to carve out. The pictures speak best of our experience. The tour lasted 2 hours and covered about 1 mile of the cave system. All cave tours must be booked in advance and they sell out virtually all tours in the summer day, days in advance. A reservation is a requirement here. Very beautiful.

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Jenny also captured the writing of my last postcard to my grandchildren on the US portion of this trip.

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Tomorrow we head north and will be back in Canada on Tuesday, and home in Nova Scotia by June 13. So, for all intents and purposes this will be the last blog entry of our US journey. It has been fun taking you folks along with us.

Remember, in life it is not the destination, but the journey that is important.

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 15:11

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Thanks you for taking us along, have really enjoyed it and have made a notes for future travels!

by Dave

Excellent and soo interesting blog, Toner! Keep it coming from home?.

by Penni Cox

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