It was an easy 85 mile trip from Lexington to Shepherdsville, KY just South of Louisville. It was a misty, drizzly drive but was all on interstate highways and we arrived at our campground without incident. We are staying at Grandma's RV Campground and have a 50 amp, full hookup, pull-through site with fair WiFi, good Verizon and an easy shot to the satellite.
Saturday we went on a train ride from the Kentucky Railroad Museum
in New Haven, KY to Boston, KY and back. Just before arriving back in New Haven we ran into train robbers on horseback with six-guns blazing and they took over the train, demanding a little donation from all passengers. It was a good time and we enjoyed it though it would have been better if the rail car we were on had clearer windows.
We then went down to just South of Hodgenville, KY to visit the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHS
. You always hear about him coming from Illinois and I had just assumed that was where he was born but, for the first time in my life, I was wrong!! At the start of the 20th century, a memorial was built on the site of his original log cabin. This memorial is built along the same lines as the Lincoln Memorial in DC and constructed of granite. Inside there is just one large room that houses a replica of the original log cabin Abe was born in. It only measures 12x17 and housed the family of four.
Sunday we made the trip to downtown Louisville to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
. They have a nice tour of the factory showing how they are made as well as some baseball history thrown in as well. The first bat was made in 1884 and today they turn out 5,000 full size bats per day - 1.8 million per year. Though not the sole supplier of major league bats, most pro players do use Louisville Slugger bats - about 120 per year each. They are made of either ash or maple, with maple costing about half again as much as the ash and also more brittle and more easily broken.
All pro bats are made in a separate manufacturing line from the rest of the bats for minor league and sports stores. The pro bats have one automatic lathe machine which is computer controlled and the software contains all of the players and their different requirements so that the machine can switch from one player's bats to another in a matter of seconds - a pretty impressive machine. They had just made a run of bats for Derek Jeter when we were there. They also make about a million promotional mini-bats each year for different stores, companies and minor league promotions.
Monday was spent relaxing and puttering around the Mothership getting ready for 11 days of not being hooked up to sewer connections at our next stop. It's doable but we have to plan for it. Doris did most of the baking she plans on doing so that she can wash up the pans and glassware, reducing the amount of waste water produced by baking.
Tomorrow, we head for Seven Points Campground which is a Corps of Engineer Park on J. Percy Priest Reservoir just East of Nashville, TN. It was one of our favorite campgrounds when we made a trip in 2007 so we wanted to spend some time there this trip. We have reservations for the Grand Ole Opry for Saturday night - HOORAH.