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  • Writer's pictureJeanne Marie

Visit To a Horse Farm, Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Breakfast was early at The Shaker Village, 7:30 am. We had to eat and go back to our room to put our luggage out by 8:15 even though we weren't meeting until 9 am. We met at the back of the village so that the guides could explain the options today. Option 1 was the Salt Creek route 27.8 miles with 1364 feet in elevation. The second option was Salt Creek followed by the Capitol Route. The first option included a visit to a local horse farm. Although I would have liked to ride the full day, I also wanted to see the horses. The guides put down a rope course on the ground so that we could see the points of interest including lunch. It was slightly raining and 60 degrees when we left. It rained off and on and it was extremely windy in sections.

The route was wonderful again, rolling hills over small roads with farms on both sides.

At the end of the morning, we arrived at Elements Clay Studio where we would spend lunch. A little art studio in the middle of nowhere in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. There were classes taking place while we were there. Lunch was delicious as usual, but very windy sitting on the deck of the studio. Next to the studio is 4 Roses Distillery. We were not able to take a tour of the facility, so after lunch, the guides hosted a sample tasting of their products. We were able to go next door if we wished to purchase any bourbon.

After lunch, most of the bikers took the van ride to the Mill Ridge Horse Farm on the outskirts of Lexington. We had a private tour of the facility. We are in thoroughbred horse racing country and that is what Mill Ridge Horse Farm does. They raise, board, and sell horses that might one day win the Triple Crown. We toured the mares, stallions, and then the young horses. The farm tour guide brought buckets of carrots that the horses loved eating right off our hands. It was almost as if they were posing for our photos! This was well worth the trip.

After the tour, we were back in the vans and off to The Kentucky Castle. I thought it was just a hotel name, but it was a castle. The accommodation has more than 100 acres with 15 guest rooms including 4 tower suites. Originally built in 1969 by a local couple, it was never completed due to their divorce. It sat vacant for 30 years with a complete reconstruction in 2007. It was sold again in 2017 and became the "The Kentucky Castle". You can see why it is called the castle. The top left photo is what we saw as we drove up. We were surprised when they told us our room was in the tower suite. So of course I had to take some pictures from our balcony and inside the two-story suite. Lucky for us, we were going to stay here for two nights!

We all met up for drinks in the bar of the hotel before dinner. Since we were a large group, we were placed at two separate tables in the dining room. After dinner, the tour group invited a bluegrass band to come and play a private concert. They were local musicians but never played as a group before. After the concert, there was more bourbon sampling before bed.

Below is the map from Mark's watch from the day's ride:

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