So we made it to Louisville. So far not that impressed. We are staying at the Galt House, still not impressed. The upside is we get to hang out with a few hundred of our closest friends and motorcycle riders. I hate being a negative Nancy here but this is not a great place to ride a motorcycle. Lots of construction and one way streets are not great for trying to find your way around and the GPS was not helpful.
Ok, so getting that out of the way, there is a lot to see and we walked around downtown. Lots of small business shops, food spots and bars not to mention the Louisville Slugger museum was just a couple blocks away.
So first order of business after check-in is getting a drink lol, there is a theme to this event. So we go to the bar area, how cool! There is fish in the bar top and a large bird habitat set up.
The next day for dinner we went on a dinner cruise, this was seriously a good time.
We went for a ride around town or I mean outside of town. We drove by The Downs, such a pretty place from the outside. Then we ended up stopping at the University of Louisville – SPI campus for a photo shoot. Everyone is thinking… dang we are thirsty!
Off to the hotel we go for refreshments and to get ready for the Banquet…
If you know me, you know I love Hats! Me and couple of my favorites, hmmm someone doesn’t look to excited! Well that’s ok because a few drinks in and all will be well. Ha ha ha But then this happens…
Shhh, don’t tell them I added these photos…just our little secret…
So after dinner our little group of about 12 or so go back to a suite to chat and have a few pre-bedtime refreshments (did I mention there was a theme) and there may have been a visit by security for laughing. Can you imagine! Seriously though if the offended neighbor had come over….but anyways, seriously Good Times!
Next leg of our journey…Ohio!
Parrot Head shenanigans? If you don’t know what this means, I highly suggest you experience it for yourself at your earliest convenience; you will not be disappointed. Honestly, I love the music but the tailgating is totally where it’s at! Here we are with some of our most favorite people and we are all in various stages of inebriation (plenty of time to sober up later); concert doesn’t start till dark and it’s like 11am. We set up our canopy and began sharing our treats with others as they share with us. Who knew you could soak gummy treats (like those blue and white sharks) in Moonshine? Holy moly those were good! We are all dressed in appropriate Parrot Head attire and some people push the limits on what’s appropriate, but that’s all I am going to say on that. Skip forward to the end of an awesome concert, two of our crew members are missing. We find one of them, eventually. The other one, well let’s say security helped get our lost sheep headed in the right direction; honestly there was no sun to navigate by and those beer goggles weren’t helpful. The parking lot clears out and we head back to the camp ground.
In the morning, the Hubs and I saddle up to start the 3rd leg of our journey headed to a friend’s house in Harrodsburg, KY. This was about a 4 hour ride, monkey butt was quite happy. So here I go again, when you drive around in this area you see gorgeous landscapes and horse ranches. I was absolutely awestruck at the stone and split rail fences which being a bit of a history buff had me imagining platoons of military and militia from the revolutionary and civil wars walking around these areas. You read about these areas and the events that took place here but when you see where they took place it’s surreal. (Soap box: maybe what we need is to really teach History again?) So we arrive at our friend’s house for the night; which is set on some of the most beautiful property I have ever been on.
Now we are heading to Nashville, TN to take in all that is Country Music and then some. This was a 3 hour drive through more amazing countryside; seriously pictures just don’t do it justice. We are checked in and changed and hopped on the shuttle to downtown in record time. Can I just tell you now, if you like Savanah or New Orleans you will LOVE Nashville MORE! We spent 3 days but totally needed a full week. The first place we stop for a drink was BB Kings Honky Tonk. So let me tell you now they call Bars “Honky Tonks” and by definition (thank you Meriam-Webster) are “a usually tawdry nightclub or dance hall; especially: one that features country music”, don’t get me started but that’s what the dictionary says. On to the fun, we saw and experienced so much and just cannot wait to go back. By and far our favorite Honky Tonk was the Orchid Lounge aka “Tootsies” and our favorite eat’n place (hey just speaking the language of my people) was FGL’s new restaurant. We took the trolley tour and saw Music Row; my mouth hit the floor it looks like a residential neighborhood. We went to the Ryman; the atmosphere in that place gave us goosebumps. That’s how we ended up at Tootsies by way of the back alley from the Ryman; the short story here is there is no “green room” at the Ryman so artists would hang out in the alley and Tootsies. We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame; holy crap that place is Huge! We visited many other Honky Tonks up and down Broadway in this 3-day period but shucks darn we didn’t get them all; well we had to leave some for next time!
By the end of the week we are saddling up again headed towards home.