Since we traveled to the race, it’s not just about the race. We try to squeeze in a couple of other things if we can.
First off, you gotta love the t-shirt. This wasn’t the only one available for the race, but the one that made me and my lovely bride giggle. So it’s mine.
Our post race dinner took us to the Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville, KY. If you follow the link, you’ll find that the house is where Kentucky Colonel Harland Sanders moved his operation to prior to establishing the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain.
Good food and a fun atmosphere, with folks wearing anything from t-shirts and shorts (me) to a wild but formal wedding reception in the next room (except for when they did “The Train” through our dining area).
The day after the race, we traveled about 30 miles south of the race course to what is a Mecca of sorts for me, the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY. Now that’s one fine bourbon. The tour’s free and I highly recommend it if you happen to be in the area. The distillery and tour is not as long nor as widespread as the Jack Daniels Distillery tour, but every bit just as good. Better yet, Maker’s Mark is not in a dry county like Jack Daniels. And Maker’s Mark is in the process of building a taster’s bar, set to open this September. We’ll be back.
Instead of buying a bottle of Maker’s Mark, which is the same as I can pick up at any other store, I picked up a couple of glasses and a jigger with the Maker’s Mark distinctive wax seal. Quite nice if you ask me. And more glass to add to my distillery/brewery collection.