This morning we packed up, emptied our tanks, drove to Middlesboro for gas and away we went. The fog lifting over the mountains:
We went over the mountains and thru National Forests:
The topography changed to rolling hills:
Our destination – Mammoth Cave National Park:
Once set up, we walked over to the Visitor Center to see what was on the schedule this week. We were able to schedule a cave tour tomorrow – . All the ranger talks, walks, and programs are all finished for the season – . Oh well!
On our way back, these ladies walked out of the woods and past us:
Love these pictures of our Dusty and the reflections:
When Andy and I first went on the road in 2007, we stopped here for a few days on our way west. We had some great tours in the cave and one of those tours was given by a gentleman named Jerry. Jerry’s great-great-great grandfather was a slave and led tours through the caves. He was fascinating!
At the Visitor Center, we asked about Jerry and he is still doing tours during the season although he has cut back on the number of tours. We were told that out of the hundreds of thousands that take the tours, we are part of a small group that has heard Jerry’s stories. WOW!
Back home, we ended the evening with a nice campfire.
Stats for today: 195 Miles
Virginia: Old Wilderness Road; US-58
Kentucky: US-25E; I-75; SR-80; US-27; Louis B Nunn Parkway; I-65; Mammoth Cave Road
We will be here for a few days so stayed tuned and enjoy today!