USA – East South Central (Kentucky, Tennessee)

After leaving Cincinnati (Ohio), we drove into Kentucky and made our way towards Louisville. Our whirlwind tour of this city included visiting a cemetery (graves of Muhammad Ali and Col Harland Sanders), taking a tour of the most elegant Victorian home of old Louisville at the Conrad-Caldwell house, paying our respects to the founder of KFC at Col Sanders museum, and feeling small at the bottom of the baseball bat outside the Louisville Slugger museum. Next up was a recommendation that Katina mentioned, visiting the forest giants of Bernheim. What a cool detour! Then we drove to Mammoth Cave National Park where we had pre-booked a 2 hour “Historic Cave” tour. Good thing we planned ahead as there were no last minute slots available! From Kentucky, we drove south towards Tennessee (after spending half a day in Bowling Green getting an RV issue fixed). First stop was Nashville, where we spent our first night a short walk away from the Parthenon. Who knew Nashville had a full scale replica of the original Parthenon built in Athens? Our tour of Nashville was a hot and sweaty one…Nashville was not made for walking on a hot and humid summer day! But we still had a lot of fun checking out the street murals, walking around downtown, and catching up with an old friend from Germany at Ole Red on Broadway. From Nashville, we made our way to Chattannooga, our last stop in Tennessee. Here we walked all around Chattannoooga’s downtown area, before driving up Lookout Mountain for a nice view over the city. Our time here felt a bit rushed, and we would like to come back to spend some time checking out the Rock City gardens, Ruby Falls, and civil war battle sites. Next up will be Georgia and Florida. Fingers crossed it won’t be too hot and humid there as we have been melting in the summer heat wave!

Welcome to Kentucky sign Water works museum; Louisville Cave Hill Cemetery Muhammad Ali grave site; Cave Hill Cemetery Burial site of Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken Water fountain; Cave Hill Cemetery Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Interior view of one of the most stunning homes in Old Louisville; Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Dining room; Conrad-Caldwell House Museum Mansion on Belgravia Court; Old Louisville Victorian houses on 3rd Street; Louisville Robby taking a bite of chicken; Colonel Sanders Museum KFC poster; Colonel Sanders Museum Painted horse; Louisville Louisville Slugger Museum - check out how tiny Robby looks at the base of the bat 30 foot tall gold statue of David; outside Hotel 21c in Louisville Robby at the Frazier history museum; Louisville Little Nis, one of three giants created in the Bernheim Forest Robby posing with a sculpture in the Bernheim Forest Becky and Elina; Bernheim Forest Robby and Mama Loumari, a forest giant living in Bernheim Rear view of Mama Loumari; Bernheim Forest Ceramic hand; Bernheim Forest visitor center At the Mammoth Cave NP visitor center Park rangers leading us on a historic tour of the Mammoth Cave Becky squeezing in at "Fat Man's Misery"; Mammoth Cave historic tour After 2 hours, we emerged from our historic tour; Mammoth Cave Amish man with his horse-drawn buggy Becky at the Parthenon; Nashville Flower mural; Nashville "Make Music, Not War"; Nashville I believe in Nashville! Long line to take a photo at the "What Lifts You" wings mural; downtown Nashville Robby at the Jason Woodside mural; Nashville Highwaymen mural - Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson; Nashville Becky between Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline; Nashville Robby and Dolly Parton Nashville Schermerhorn Symphony concert hall General Jackson showboat on the Cumberland River; Nashville Statue at the Nashville Symphony Girls having a blast on the Nashville party bus Johnny Cash star at the Music City Walk of Fame park; Nashville Robby at the Losers Bar & Grill; Nashville Broadway street; Nashville Becky at Boot Country; Nashville Reunion with Jessica and her boyfriend Joel at the Lookout Sky Bar at Old Red; Nashville Yield to horse and buggy sign; Tennessee Chattanooga ballroom dance studio Dome building; Chattanooga Robby at Miller Plaza; Chattanooga Interior of the Read House historic hotel; Chattanooga Tivoli theatre, a historic theater in Chattanooga Hunter Museum of American Art; Chattanooga Robby giving a great dane dog a high five; Chattanooga Walnut Street Bridge; Chattanooga Lookout Mountain's incline railway, one of the world's steepest passenger railways js photo galleryby VisualLightBox.com v6.1

Itinerary

16 Jul: Drove from Cincinnati, Ohio towards Louisville, Kentucky. O/n at Cabela’s.
17 Jul: Drove to Louisville. Visited the Water Works museum, Cave Hill Cemetery (Muhammad Ali and Col Harland Sanders gravesites), Conrad-Caldwell house museum, Louisville Slugger baseball bat, and Colonel Sanders museum. O/n at Cabela’s.
18 Jul: Drove to Sheperdsville to get window fixed on van. Then visited Bernheim Forest to see the “giants”. In the afternoon, visited Mammoth Cave National Park and did the 2 hour Historic Cave tour. O/n at Tailwater Campsite, just below the Barren River Lake Dam. ($20 for electricity, water, hot showers. Very remote here so no WiFi or phone signal)
19 Jul: Drove towards Bowling Green’s Camping World to get a technician to look at our propane system as the alarm was going off for no reason. After waiting around for a few hours, the leak was fixed. Drove towards Nashville. O/n at Centennial Park near the Parthenon. Nice location with clean portajohns nearby.
20 Jul: Drove into Nashville and visited street murals (near Sevier Park, Gulch Crossing, and Ed’s Supply Company), walked around downtown. Linked up with an old friend from Germany, Jessica Tunis, at Ole Red on Broadway. Drove towards Chattanooga in the afternoon. O/n at Mountain Glen RV Campsite in Pikeville. ($30 for a campsite with water, sewer, electricity, hot showers and free WiFi. Super nice and clean campsite, a bit remote though)
21 Jul: Drove to Chattanooga. Walked around to check out the sculptures at Bluff View Sculpture Garden, the historic Read House hotel, Tivoli Theater, and Walnut Street pedestrian bridge. Drove up to Lookout Mountain before departing Tennessee for the onward drive towards Georgia.

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