“Hey, we could go through Louisville if we want to. Anybody interested in visiting Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum?” I said from behind the wheel of Big Red as we motored east.
“Sure,” came the reply from Linda and Joanie in the back seat. “Absolutely,” Denny said as he reached for the GPS to lay-in a course. Denny was the navigator on our recent trip; a thankless job..especially if he programmed-in the shortest..instead of the fastest..route and we’d wind up on barren two lane oil roads with just enough traffic on them to prevent safe passing.
“Is it pronounced Louis-ville or Louie-ville?” someone asked. “I think they prefer Lew-ah-ville,” That led to a whole discussion on the correct way to pronounce Missouri..with an E on the end or an “ah.” There’s no consensus on that one..even the locals disagree. I have a son-in-law who comes from Norfolk, Nebraska. He and his family insist you pronounce it Nor-FORK. Others, though..including radio and TV announcers say Nor-FOLK. I won’t even get into the controversy of how to pronounce the city of the same name in Virginia.
Anyway, back to Louisville. We all began to have doubts about where the GPS was leading us as the neighborhood certainly didn’t look like it was home to the place we see on TV where all the high falootin’, big hat wearin’ mint julep slurpin’ bajillionares hang out on the first Saturday in May. But then we look off to our right and spot the famous twin spires of Churchill Downs..which have been shamefully obscured since major renovations were made to the grandstand a few years ago to accommodate the demands of uber rich snobs for luxury suites.
Our timing was perfect as a tour of the famous track was just about to begin.
In a future blog, I’ll take you from Louisville, where the featured racing attractions have just one horsepower.. to Charlotte and the new NASCAR Hall of Fame that has lots of machines with 800 horsepower! For now, though, Linda and I are off on another adventure; hosting the Keloland/Holiday Vacations tour of Alaska. I’ll have the old laptop along and look forward to sharing some of the sights and observations with you.