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Kentucky Vacation – Day 8 of 10

The 8th day of our vacation was on Saturday, June 13th.

I had retired to my room after Friday night’s dinner and raffle. I spent Friday evening watching TV, surfing the Internet, catching up on emails and getting some much needed sleep. Bob, on the other hand, spent the evening mingling with fellow VROCers in the hotel parking lot. I awakened on Saturday at 2:00AM; Bob was still out in the parking lot, chewing the fat. I awakened again around 4:30AM; Bob still had not come in. I was still awake when Bob came in at 5:00AM. We went to bed shortly thereafter. We awakened at 10:15AM. We took showers, got dressed and went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel. We lazed around the hotel rest of the day, with the exception of walking over to Hooter’s for dinner.

Saturday was the last night of the Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) Wolfman’s Wandering Rally (WWR). We spent the last night of the rally hanging out in the hotel parking lot, visiting with fellow VROCers and telling our old and new friends goodbye. “UteMike” expressed the sentiments of Bob, myself and I’d wager everyone who attended WWR3 when he posted on the VROC web forum “Even bikers get the blues when they have to say goodbye for now to the friends old and new met this weekend“.

“Here to Kingdom Come” was the third WWR. The other two rallies were held in Grand Lake, Colorado (July 26-29, 2007) and Charleston, Oregon (July 17-20, 2008). We hope to attend the next WWR. I wonder where the next WWR will be held and when?

Kentucky Vacation – Day 7 of 10 (Part II)

As I wrote in my previous blog post, on Friday, June 12th, we traveled by motorcycle to Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. Maker’s Mark Distillery is one of eight distilleries featured on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

We arrived at Maker’s Mark Distillery in time for the 12:30PM distillery tour. Our tour began in the visitor’s center. Our tour guide, Aggie, told us briefly the Samuels family story, concentrating on the recent generations of Bill Samuels Sr., who created Maker’s Mark.

Visitor’s Center

Aggie, telling the Samuels family story

 

Aggie then led us outside, alongside a stonewalled creek that runs throughout the peaceful, landscaped grounds, to one of the buildings where we heard a brief history of the distillery.

Aggie talking about history of the distillery

After presenting a brief history of the distillery, Aggie led us to the distillery house where she explained how Maker’s Mark bourbon is made. From the distillery house we went to the bottling house. The bottling line was in operation. We watched as empty bottles of Maker’s Mark were filled with bourbon and labels were applied to the filled bottles.

From the bottling house we went to one of the rick houses where the whisky is stored in charred oak barrels for aging. Barrels reach maturity only after completing a rotation system in which the newest barrels are placed on the warehouse’s hot upper floors and are rotated to the cooler lower levels after about three years.

Barrels of whisky aging

Our last stop was at the gift shop, where we could sample a little of the product. We sampled both one-day old and aged bourbon. The one-day old bourbon burned my throat; the aged bourbon went down smoothly.

We purchased a souvenir 375 ml bottle of Maker’s Mark;
Bob dipped the bottle in the signature red wax.

Maker’s Mark Whisky

The distillery tour, which lasted about 45 minutes, was great. I enjoyed the tour even though I do not drink. The tour was both fun and informative.

In the evening we enjoyed a catered Kentucky Barbecue dinner at our hotel. The dinner was for Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) members who were attending the Wandering Wolfman’s Rally (WWR3). Bob had a pulled-pork sandwich and 1/4 chicken with baked beans and potato salad. I had 1/2 rack ribs with potato salad and cole slaw. The portions were large, and the food was excellent.

 

A raffle was held after dinner. We purchased $20 worth of raffle tickets. Bob put his name on half of the tickets; he put my name on the remaining tickets. My name was called four times! I won four prizes — a buff, a liquor flask, a Kawasaki watch and four Kawasaki shock covers. Bob didn’t win anything. A web cam provided live coverage throughout WWR3. Bob telephoned his brother John to let him know about the live web cam. While Bob was talking with Dorothy (John’s wife), she saw me go up to pick up one of my prizes. In addition to prizes, most of which were donated by Riders of Kawasaki (ROK), this was a 50/50 raffle with the proceeds going to the Maxwell Dickerson Benefit Fund.

Max

Max, who is 8 years old, needs a multi organ transplant.  The winner of the 50/50 raffle donated her winnings ($1,200) to Max.

Kentucky Vacation – Day 6 of 10

Thursday, June 11th, was the official start day of the “Here to Kingdom Come” rally.  Rally attendees have continued to roll in, a few (to several) at a time. The parking lot is full of motorcycles; the hotel bursting at its seams with motorcyclists.

There is a trail in Kentucky called the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which features eight distilleries. The distilleries are: Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Tom Moore, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. On Thursday, June 11th, Bob and other Wolfman’s Wandering Rally (WWR3) attendees rode to Versailles, Kentucky, where they went on a tour of the Woodford Reserve Distillery. According to Google Maps, the distillery was located 53.5 miles from our hotel. Bob left the hotel around 10:30AM and returned at 3:00PM.

Bob on motorcycle

 

Leaving Best Western Holiday Plaza in Richmond, Kentucky enroute Versailles, Kentucky

 

I did not go on the distillery tour because it looked like there was a good chance I’d get wet while on the ride. Bob said it didn’t rain while they were riding to the distillery. It did rain, hard, on their way back to the hotel. Bob enjoyed the distillery tour. The guided tour, which cost $5.00, explained everything from the history of bourbon to the maturation and bottling process. The tour started out at the main facility where the tour participants sampled bourbon balls and a little product. Then they hopped a bus and drove around the farm seeing everything else e.g., the big drums of mash and the barrels.

While Bob was on the distillery tour, I went shopping at Wal-Mart. I purchased two camping chairs. We stood for hours the previous night while chatting with fellow VROC’ers. The camping chairs will provide for a more pleasant chatting experience.  I wandered about the hotel grounds, too, snapping pictures of rally attendees.

Bob and I ate dinner at a Mexican fast food restaurant called Qdoba Mexican Grill. Bob ordered a burrito; I ordered a taco salad. We shared a basket of tortilla chips and salsa. It was our first time at a Qdoba. For a fast food joint the Mexican grub there wasn’t bad.

After dinner we visited the Eastern Kentucky University campus, which was located only a short distance from our hotel. The purpose of our visit was to find the Daniel Boone statue; we succeeded.

Do you see how shiny Boone’s left toe is? It is traditional for students, on the way to an exam, to rub Boone’s left toe for good luck.

As we did the previous evening, we hung out in the parking lot with other VROC’ers.

“Yummy”

“Nickels”

Love the purple camo!

 

Our new camp chairs did provide for a more pleasant chatting experience.

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It was a late night; we didn’t make it to bed until after midnight.

Kentucky Vacation – Day 5 of 10

From the time we left home, the weather has been beautiful. The only unfavorable weather condition was dense fog a couple mornings. Rain held off until Wednesday, June 10th — the fifth day of our vacation. When it rained, boy did it rain! We were in Lexington, at Fayette Mall (eating lunch at Logan’s Roadhouse), when the storm arrived. The sky was black, except for a narrow white strip around the horizon. The sky reminded me of a flying saucer or a flat pancake. The wind blew; the thunder rolled; and the lightning cracked. Then came the rain, falling down in sheets. I am happy that we drove the car to the mall. I would not have wanted to be caught in that rain storm!

The Fayette Mall is different from any mall in which I have shopped.  We entered the mall at Dick’s Sporting Goods. As we exited Dick’s Sporting Goods, we saw Sears and thought that Fayette Mall looked much larger outside than it did inside. To our surprise the other mall stores were reached by walking THROUGH Sears.

Wolfman’s Wandering Rally attendees have continued to roll in, a few (to several) at a time.

 

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When we came home from shopping in Lexington, we met Vicki and Scott from Texas. We chatted for a bit and got together later for dinner at Bob Evans Restaurant.

Scott and Vicky

After dinner we hung out in the parking lot, meeting people and getting reacquainted with old friends. The attendees are from all over — all parts of the USA and Canada and even Europe.

We learned of another mishap. While on her way to the rally, “Blondy’s” motorcycle caught fire. The motorcycle is not well; however, “Blondy” is fine. We are happy that “Blondy” was not hurt.

Kentucky Vacation – Day 4 of 10

Bob and I rode to Winchester, Kentucky, on Tuesday, June 9th. Winchester was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. The business district looks much as it did over a hundred years ago with the five globe lampposts and elevated sidewalk. We walked around the courthouse and up and down one street.

Town Hall

Courthouse

Businesses alongside elevated sidewalk

After taking a few photographs, we departed Winchester. On our way back to the hotel we stopped for lunch at the Waterfront Restaurant & Lounge, located a few miles from Winchester. We learned that the Waterfront is the home of Thursday Night Riders. It being Tuesday, we were a little early for bike night.

We returned to the hotel in the early afternoon. We spent rest of the day, relaxing in our room. We ate dinner at the Waffle House, to which we walked. A funny thing happened while at the Waffle House. I ordered a hot tea. The waitress brought me a glass of iced tea, without the ice. I reminded her that I had asked for hot tea. She took the glass of tea, placed it in the microwave and returned the glass of tea to me. I shook my head and said that I wanted regular hot tea, the kind that you put a tea bag in a cup of hot water. She finally gave me the hot tea that I ordered.

After dinner, while on our walk back to the hotel, we stopped at the gas station/food mart located next door to our hotel. It was only 8:00PM, and the gas station was closed! I had hoped to pick up a 6-pack of diet cola.

We learned that a fellow VROCer by the name of “Sundial” went down in Pennsylvania on his way to the rally. According to the VROC website, “Sundial” has broken ribs and possibly a punctured lung. He was transported to the trauma center in Altoona. Bob and I wish “Sundial” a speedy recovery!

Kentucky Vacation – WWR3 Here to Kingdom Come Rally

Our Kentucky vacation was planned around the Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC Wolfman’s Wandering Rally 3 (WWR3) “Here to Kingdom Come” in Richmond, Kentucky.

Bob and “Stewey”

Wolfman’s Wandering Rally is an annual event honoring the memory of Rick “Wolfman” Jakubas. You may read more about Wolfman here. The motorcycle rally is a 4-day event (June 11-14). Bob and I were the first rally attendees to arrive at rally headquarters, the Best Western Holiday Plaza. We arrived in the late afternoon on Sunday, June 7th. Another rally attendee, “Stewey”, arrived the same day as we did. He is staying at a hotel across the street from us. We met “Stewey” on Monday, June 8th. We ate dinner together at Steak ‘n Shake. After dinner we invited “Stewey” to our hotel room. Bob and “Stewey” drank beer together and talked about motorcycles and computers; “Stewey” and I discussed a common interest – photography.

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