“Wheels are gonna rust if they don’t turn enough, And so the story goes.” – Ashley Monroe
Miles traveled: 656.1
I decided to take the ‘long’, DC-traffic-free way to Louisville, KY. After dealing with New York traffic a few days ago, I just had no desire to tempt fate with DC traffic on a Monday morning…no thank you! So I made my way North to get to Kentucky – seems weird, I know. But for only a 30 minute add-on to my trip time today in a no-traffic route, I likely shortened my commute by a couple of hours – and I only had to drive through West by-God Virginia for just under 6 miles! No offense to West Virginia, but I’ve driven the Western Maryland route through West Virginia, and it’s not my favorite.
After passing through a handful of mountain tunnels, I made my first stop in the city of Pittsburgh where I made my way to the top of Mount Washington to get the best view of the city. And it really was the best view – awesome! Pittsburgh, home of the Steelers (all my Baltimore people are cringing right now), is a beautiful city and Mount Washington was a neat little spot with a great city view overlook. I drove up versus taking the inclines to save my self a little cash and also because it was a little confusing trying to figure out where they were. I originally intended to stop for lunch in Pittsburgh, but I really wasn’t hungry at all, so instead I just meandered around in the Jeep for a while, checking the place out. Cool city.
I topped off the Jeep before heading out of Pittsburgh and then made my way west and south towards Kentucky. I passed through West Virginia for just a couple of miles before getting into Ohio, where I passed through Columbus – home of The Ohio State Buckeyes – and Cincinatti – home of the Reds and Bengals. On the other side of the river from Cincinatti, I finally found my way into the state of Kentucky. So great to be back in a Southern-minded state! This was a day of a lot of bridges!
So another 5-state day in the books! Not the most eventful day, but 10 hours in the Jeep will do that! I will be exploring Louisville tomorrow before making my way through the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, among other stops, and down to Bardstown.
Until next time…