West Memphis, Arkansas!

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I loved this RV park located right along the Mississippi River!

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The RVs can park quite close to the water and benches are available to watch the boats and barges go up and down the river!

Today was a big driving day! I got up early, hooked up the Jeep to the motorhome and headed south from Louisville. I drove through Bowling Green, Kentucky and then entered Tennessee. When I went through Nashville at the end of rush hour so the freeways were a little wild. I kept going southwest and went through Memphis and crossed the Mississippi River. I found a RV park just inside Arkansas that was right on the Mississippi River.

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It was very peaceful to spend time on the benches. One couple brought a guitar and played songs while watching the river.

I think it must flood periodically in this RV park because it is flat and right next to the river. There was a laundry room built as two stories and the washers and dryers were on the second floor. A sign on the outside should the water level with the flood in May 2011.

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Believe it or not, but this is the laundry room!! The washers and driers are placed on the second floor to protect them from flooding! It was shocking to see how high the water was with the flood in May 2011!!

I rode my bike all around the RV park and then discovered there was trail on the top of the levee. I had a wonderful time riding along the top of the levee for several miles. The humidity must have been close to 100% because it was so humid! My t-shirt was completely soaked in no time!

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I had a wonderful time riding my bike along the top of the levee! I tremendous amount of work must have gone into making this huge levee for miles and miles! It was wonderful to pedal and pedal and take in the countryside! I love riding my bike!

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Maker’s Mark and the Bourbon Heritage Center!

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I liked all the products in the gift shop that had the characteristic red dipping as they do with their Maker’s Mark whiskey bottles.

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Maker’s Mark has a wonderful variety of famous products!

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Very famous whiskey!

For my last visit to distilleries I drove to Maker’s Mark and then to the Bourbon Heritage Center and Heaven Hill distillery. Maker’s Mark had beautiful grounds and an excellent gift shop.

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Their characteristic dipping of the whiskey bottle top with red was available on my items. I thought the shot glass was nice and purchased one.

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I bought this shot glass! It is shaped like the upside down top of their whiskey bottles.

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The Bourbon Heritage Center was interesting. It provided background about how bourbon was developed in Kentucky.

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This sign in the Heritage Center made me laugh!

 

I almost bought this t-shirt in the Heritage Center gift shop.

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I liked this t-shirt! It seemed like it applied to me!

Louisville Slugger and Evan Williams

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I loved seeing all the baseball bats! This bat outside was HUGE!!

In the midst of a big rainstorm, I drove to the Louisville Slugger baseball factory! I am not a huge baseball fan, but it was fun to see such a famous and favorite American item. Many, many famous baseball players have used Louisville Slugger baseball bats. All kinds of bats were available for purchase. I discovered a special treat that they would make bats with specific inscriptions. I bought each of my grandsons a small baseball bat with their names and birthdates!

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Evan Williams had very high quality whiskey!

After buying the baseball bats, I walked down to the Evan Williams distillery store. I was able to join two other people in having a taste test of various Evan Williams products. I especially like tasting whiskeys that are not commonly available. I especially liked the Single Barrel vintage flavor of the Evan Williams, so I bought a bottle.

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This was not the most expensive Evan Williams whiskey I tasted, but I thought it was the best flavor!

Woodford Reserve and Four Roses Distilleries

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Woodford Reserve is a very famous distillery and I needed to drive near Lexington to reach it. The windy, narrow, country roads were surprising. However, I thoroughly enjoyed driving through horse farms to reach the distillery.

 

I looked through the gift shop and purchased a 30ml taste of straight (“neat”) malt whiskey. It was very flavorful and I enjoyed sipping on it as I walked through their visitor area. The grounds of Woodford Reserve are gorgeous!

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This is a map of some of the most well-known distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail! I quickly gave up all hope of visiting all of them! There are too many to sample!

I next drove to Four Roses Distillery. This distillery is now owned by the Japanese company Kirin. From my time in Japan, I remember that whiskey is very popular there. I enjoyed seeing some of the products in the gift shop. I also bought a taste of their 3 products. I think these products are going to be quite popular as I enjoyed them very much. I think I liked their “small batch” product the best.

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A much smaller distillery, but they had great products!

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Small Batch was my favorite product!

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This is an old prescription prescribing Four Roses!

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Churchill Downs!

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I love visiting Churchill Downs!!

Louisville, Kentucky is famous for many things. Besides whiskey, probably the most famous is Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby is run. The timing of my visit here was very special. The Belmont Stakes was run yesterday and Justify was the horse that won and therefore he won the Triple Crown this year! I did not know until after the race was over that Justify is trained at Churchill Downs and he is supposed to make it back to Louisville tomorrow! It was fun to visit Churchill Downs and feel the excitement of everyone that Justify won the Triple Crown.

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Jim Beam Distillery

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Jim Beam had the best gift shop of any distillery!

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I had a surprisingly sentimental visit to the Jim Beam Distillery. This was the drink my Dad preferred. Seeing all the Jim Beam logos and products made me miss my parents and think about sitting in the backyard in Flagstaff as I was growing up and Dad you open up a bottle of Jim Beam. Special memories.

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There were a large number of fun products and clothing in the gift shop!

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Jim Beam had a broad range of products!

I was surprised at the number of Jim Beam products that have been developed. I asked several people in the gift shop which product they preferred, and everyone game me a different answer. I guess it is good they have expanded product development. The Double Oak product seems to be quite popular.

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After visiting Jim Beam, I drove to a much smaller distillery called Boundary Oak. What was interesting about this distillery is that they worked with the Patton Museum and developed the whiskey that Patton put together and made famous.

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This was the product created using Patton’s recipe.

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Wild Turkey Distillery!

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I had a wonderful time on the Wild Turkey Distillery tour!

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I arrived in Louisville, Kentucky during the late morning today. Once I setup the motorhome, I got online and looked distillery tours. Wild Turkey caught my attention, so I paid for a tour ticket, jumped in the Jeep, and drove about an hour to their distillery.

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I loved the Wild Turkey tour! It was very informative about how they make their bourbon, how different Wild Turkey products were developed, and the most fun was the whiskey tasting of 5 products at the end of the tour.

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These are the barrels that are stored for years for the aging process needed for the bourbon. This is where the “magic” happens!