This is the last post from mine and Henah’s southern road trip. We decided to make the drive from Nashville to New Jersey in one day, a total of 14 hours. We planned a few stops along the way, because 14 hours of straight driving is enough to make anyone insane.
Our first stop off was Hodgenville, Kentucky, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. The thing about Kentucky is that it’s really quite beautiful, but it’s literally just farm after farm after farm.
The log cabin that Abe Lincoln was *born* in, a tiny one room structure. It was preserved in this beautiful marble structure. Unfortunately, we couldn’t enter the cabin or touch it.
I wonder why they changed the sign from “Please refrain from touching the cabin” to “Please do not touch the cabin.” I guess a sterner warning was necessary.
Our second stop was in the tiny town of Loretto, Kentucky…
…the amazing and wonderful Maker’s Mark Distillery aka the adult Willy Wonka Factory.
The whiskey is aged in these charred oak barrels.
The bottles are all hand-dipped in wax.
The best part: a tasting of four different types of Maker’s Mark.
Glass ceiling by Dale Chihuly.
Our third stop: Lexington, Kentucky for lunch.
And that lunch was an incredible Kentucky staple: the “hot brown.” It’s an open faced sandwich, with turkey and ham, covered in some sort of gravy sauce, smothered with cheese, baked in the oven, and topped with a fried green tomato. It’s only fitting that this was my last meal in the South.
And a beautiful West Virginia sunset to end one of the greatest road trips.