Thursday, August 7, 2008

Lincoln's Birthplace to Bardstown

The picture above is the scene as we prepared to leave Lincoln's Birthplace on Wednesday. We left early and rode on Hwy 61 to Buffalo where we had breakfast. Breakfast was at a convienence store and wasn't much more than a sausage egg'o muffin and coffee, but that was all there was available and it got us kick started. In route we realized that if we detoured from the Trans-Am route on Hwy 31E we would save 10 hilly miles. The decision was made easier by the fact that Hwy 31E would take us past the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood National Historic Site at Knob Creek. The Knob Creek farm was the earliest place Abe remembered.

This region is known locally as The Knobs. It is characterized by rich bottom lands surrounded by steep hills which look like..well like knobs.

We rode into Bardstown 10 hilly miles early. Bardstown we soon found out is the Bourbon Capital of the World. We were intrigued! There are several famous distilleries, a Bourbon Heritage Center, and the Whiskey Museum. Bardstown is also the second oldest town in Kentucky, founded in the 1780's, and many old buildings inhabit the downtown. We decided to stay a day to sightsee and sample the unique flavors of the area.

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