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Journey to Warm Weather: A 2024 Roadtrip with a Kentucky Twist


As the winter frost slowly thaws and the days get longer, the allure of warm, sunlit landscapes starts to grip our hearts. As we look forward to Road Trip 2024, we're aiming our compass southwards. However, no trip to the southern United States is complete without a detour to the vibrant and history-rich state of Kentucky. It is home to the iconic Kentucky Derby, a whirlwind of thunderous hooves and brightly colored jockeys that has captured the world's attention for over a century.


Pit Stops for Southern Charm

Our 2024 Road Trip presents a plethora of hidden southern jewels along the way, making this voyage more than just a drive, it's an odyssey rich in surprises and significant moments. Each stop on our journey adds a distinctive slice of the southern charm to our adventure. We embark from Cincinnati (our home until the summer of 2024). Despite the quintessential image of the south draped in endless sunshine, promising bright blue days and star-studded nights, mother nature had her own plans. We were welcomed to Kentucky by a biting ice storm and plummeting wind chills, making our southern adventure a touch more unpredictable. Thus begins our thrilling Road Trip 2024, an unforgettable exploration of the South, now with added unpredictability.


Discovering the Kentucky Derby


Barbaro was a champion American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 2006 Kentucky Derby but shattered his leg two weeks later in the Preakness Stakes which ended his racing career and eventually led to the decision to euthanize him.
Entry Point for Churchill Downs

As our 2024 road trip veers towards Kentucky, we find ourselves amidst the glamour and gallop of the famous Churchill Downs. Churchill Downs is most well-known for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby, one of the most prestigious horse races in the world.  


This esteemed event is more than just a horse race - it's a time-honored tradition, a festival, and a tribute to the star of the show, the Thoroughbreds. The heart of the Derby beats at Churchill Downs, a legendary racetrack that has been the stage for this riveting race since the 19th century.


There's a unique electrifying atmosphere at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. With spectators dressed in their finest outfits and flamboyant hats, the race is a kaleidoscope of color, excitement, and festivity. The taste of the South comes alive in traditional Derby foods like the hearty Hot Brown sandwich and refreshing mint juleps.


An essential part of your Kentucky Derby experience should be a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. The museum allows visitors to delve into the deep-seated history of the race, the rigorous training of the Thoroughbreds, and the adrenaline-fueled race day atmosphere. It's an enlightening journey whether you're a seasoned racegoer or just someone eager to learn about the rich local culture.


Experiencing the Kentucky Derby firsthand is a must-add to your bucket list (its on ours for 2024 the 150th anniversary). Still, a close second is exploring the museum and taking a ground tour, even amidst the chilly weather. This unforgettable experience will enhance your road trip. From pre-race anticipation to the euphoria of victory as the winning Thoroughbred finishes, the Kentucky Derby is more than a race. It's a rich cultural experience that beautifully aligns with the spirit of exploration in our 2024 journey.


Our Journey Continues


A good luck charm known as the horseshoe, has been warding off evil sprits and providing good mojo for hundreds of years. Although the origins are not exactly known, it is believed that the horseshoe became the symbol of luck when the eighth century Chaldeans thought its crescent shape represented various moon goddesses thus protecting against the curse of the evil eye.
Inside the Kentucky Derby Museum

Our journey beyond the iconic Churchill Downs was just as riveting. Braving the chilly weather, we set out to explore more of the Bluegrass State. From quaint, historic towns to scenic nature trails, Kentucky's varied landscape offered us rich experiences at every turn. With its unique blend of southern hospitality and rustic charm, it felt like we were unraveling the chapters of an untold story. Our 2024 road trip wasn't just about reaching a destination; it was about immersing ourselves in the places we passed through, especially the vibrant state of Kentucky. So, here's to a road trip that offered us warm memories in the cold, a deeper appreciation for thoroughbreds, and the beauty of the South etched in our hearts. Now we head to our next stop in Part 2. Stay tuned to see how the roadtrip progresses.

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