Thursday, July 31, 2014

Downtown Louisville

Tastings at Bluegrass Brewing Company in June
Music at Live on 4th
Super Moon
Hotel beers

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

AOA Mayhem

So this May was the 3rd year of the The AOA Multi-Stage Mayhem Enduro, held at the Wilds, near Zanesville, Ohio. I like the Enduro style format as it feels like there's less pressure from riders trying to go around you. And (at least at this event) the officials were good about holding the rider behind you for an extra minute or two if you thought you were going to be slow. And were were, but I'll call it cautious since I got a little injured when I had done it two years prior... check it the race rambling here.
 Ginger and I were riding as a duo and stopped for dinner and beers at Weasel Boy so didn't get to preride the course.
Starting area:
We were the last team to go out and we rambled to the first check point. It was a little further out than I remembered and I was happy that I decided at the last minute not to wear the full face mask as it was HOT out there. Ginger only came with a small water bottle and the nice time keeper let her take his hydration pack- he had enough Miller lites to last through the day anyways...
The women solo division was behind us and one lady was struggling, saying that her boyfriend talked her into this (who are these boyfriends?!) and so we told her to tag along with us as we meandered through the course.
Water stations between points
Coming through the 4th stage.
We were slow, which ended up being a long day for us, but the Pro women were there at the end and everyone was super nice. Probably helps that it was sponsored by Sierra Nevada....
The last big jump where dudes were getting big air, tacoing wheels and almost running Ginger over...
But all-in-all an amazing day, a race for the yearly calendar.
And look, I didn't even get hurt! Cheers to that!
And did a 5k the next morning!

Monday, July 28, 2014

On the water

Wandering around Louisville, KY on a June evening.
Others from the night here

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Vent Haven

A quick trip to the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

Only museum in the world dedicated to the art of ventriloquism.

Originally the private collection of William Shakespeare Berger, he trusted the collection, buildings it resides in and his former home to be kept as a museum, run by a non-ventriloqist, upon his death. The collection was interesting and the curator was an experience in herself -explicitly telling us not to put the photos on the internet (though they have a facebook page, website, were recently on the news, etc) and has beef with the curator of the sign museum

Louisville Slugger

Sadly, we didn't make it in time to go into the museum (though I had been there years ago) but had time to wander around the area.

Others from the evening here


A spring day, somewhere between Irvine and Beatyville, KY

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Jim Beam

We didn't actually go on the Jim Beam Tour, just wandered through the gift shop, tried various spirits from an automated pouring system and took in the smells of the good BBQ on site.
Earlier in the day we had been to Barton's and Maker's Mark. Hit Wild Turkey a few months prior.

Friday, July 25, 2014


And early, cold July morning in Snowshoe, WV.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ravenna, KY


Such is life

But is that really how life is in Anniston, AL?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wig Wam

The Wigwam Drive-In in Ravenna is one of those places that has the best of everything a local diner has to offer. Located on a small intersection of curvy roads in Estill County, the Wigwam has been serving curb side and eat-in favorites to hungry patrons for over fifty years.
Hopefully I'll have an updated post in a few months with a report of actually stopping in...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sock Capital of the World!

Oh the places I go!
Apparently, Fort Payne, AL produced over half of the socks in the US until, well, NAFTA....

Barton's 1972 Distillery

The Barton's Distillery was not situated on rolling acres of maincured green lawns, but had more of an 'industrial feel' to it.
We were with a group of about 25 people and they seemed to be used to much smaller groups, but it was still interesting.  I mean, there are only so many separation columns I can look at before I really start to think "I should have paid more attention to those classes in college...."
But history of the barrel house here was pretty neat and the near-constant rotation seemed pretty intense.
You go to try two of their spirits here, though I'm not exactly sure which, but they were both pretty harsh.
We headed to Jim Beam next and had been to Maker's Mark prior. Also, I had visited Wild Turkey a few months prior.