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Old 07-28-2014, 07:38 PM   #1
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Kentucky, Ohio, WVa, Tenn loop report.

We just completed an short loop from NC through West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. We thoroughly enjoyed the nice weather and beautiful mountains, rivers and horse farms we saw along the way. The WV mountains are much more rugged and with less cutesy shops and tourist traps than the more southern mountains in NC and TN. We drove along the Ohio River Scenic Byway for many miles enjoying the great views. We spend a couple of days in the Cincinnati area and drove down the River Road on the Indiana side of the River stopping at a little town called Rising Sun with a very nice park area right on the river.

3 days near Frankfort KY was next so we spend a couple of those days driving around seeing some of the fabulous horse farms near Lexington. Also drove over to Louisville to see Churchill Downs. I must say that in that part of central KY we encountered some of the friendliest folks we have met in all our years of camping, both in and out of the campground.

On the way back to NC we stopped at a new RV resort near I-40 close to the Gatlinburg/Sevierville exits. The RV resort was nice, but what a mess the traffic was on and near I-40. Stop and go for 40 or so miles through that area. I was glad to get off that slab and get back on some lesser traveled roads.

Good time was had by all and can't wait to go to that area again.
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Used to live just outside Lexington and agree that the horse farms and area are very nice.
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When we went there (Louisville area) about five years ago we saw some horse farms that had a sign saying it was for retired race horses.

I remember thinking those horses were leading the life of Riley. Really pretty area.
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Just to add, some of the horse farms are *very* luxurious. The horse stalls have leather padded side bolsters, and gold plated hardware in some. Horse racing is not for the slim pockets! sorry for hijack, back to the orig post.....

Louisville has a lot to see besides Churchill Downs. Being along the river there are are lot of neat things to do downtown.

KY has some of the nicest state parks I have seen, recommend to use them if you are planning a trip in the area.
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Louisville has a lot to see besides Churchill Downs. Being along the river there are are lot of neat things to do downtown.
I guess we missed it on our day trip. We tried a couple of times to get to the river front area but seems like every road in the river front area was under construction. We did find an excellent lunch in a kind of funky area of town with a lot of bohemian type shops and coffee houses, so that was nice.


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Just to add, some of the horse farms are *very* luxurious.
We did not take any tours of the farms in the Lexington area but drove around on some of the back roads. DW and I had a discussion about whether or not these "palaces" are even called barns! Huge and built of stone masonry with training tracks on the property. And more $$$ in the fences than i have in everything I own!
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Come back to Kentucky anytime, and we will try and cage those big poopy birds while you are here!
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