LSMMy road trip has swung into full gear as I rented a car in Chicago and made my way south to Louisville, KY – the starting and ending point for my loop through Kentucky and Tennessee over the next several days.

I will not deny that my attraction to Kentucky is mostly based on my love of bourbon, but I have been in the state for almost 24 hours already and I have not yet had a drop – but that will change soon as I hit the Bourbon Trail tomorrow.

A quick note on my posts in the coming days while I am on my road trip… I am going to try to post something every day. However, I like to spend some time on “finds” and observations, so I may not get to the good stuff until I get off the road and have some time to be more thoughtful. So please bear with me.

The thing to note so far from my road trip is that Indiana – the full length of which I traveled from Chicago to Louisville – is actually quite pretty in autumn as much of the topography surrounding the highway was covered by large plowed field and rows after row of autumn colors.

The next observation – is that there is actually a Knob Creek in Kentucky – namesake of my favorite bourbon. I guess that is not a surprise, but I just hadn’t thought of it before. Of course I wanted to dive in, but I didn’t.

Meanwhile, I found Louisville to be a much bigger city than I expected, and I spent time in the center city today, where I took in the Louisville Slugger Museum – part of Museum Row, a stretch of nine museums and attractions in downtown Louisville.

The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory was a delightful stop on my road trip, and a must take for any baseball fan as the Slugger is as iconic as anything in the icon-full national pastime. The giant bat that leans against the building is cool on its own and worth the trip to see.

About the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: “Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, one of the city’s most popular attractions, is also housed with the corporate headquarters. The location is well-marked by the World’s Biggest Baseball Bat that casually leans against the side of the building. Guests are invited to learn about the Official Bat of Major League Baseball–Louisville Slugger. Today, over 3-million people have enjoyed the museum and factory tour experience at this location.”

Visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory here.