(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).
Our planned first night on the road was Cincinnati and we made that. Our second planned night was supposed to be Nashville, TN but that changed really fast as we closely studied the possibilities open to us south of Louisville, KY.
The original schedule was the Louisville Slugger Factory, the Bardstown, KY area to visit a whiskey distillery, Abraham Lincoln's birthplace which is a national historic park, Mammoth Cave National Park and, finally, Nashville for the night. But while in the hotel in Cincinnati, I did some additional research on Mammoth Caves and it looked like we'd have a problem with the timing of the two tours we wanted.
We decided to take the Mammoth Passage tour and the Frozen Niagara Tour. The Mammoth Passage tour is offered only at 4:30 p.m. and we figured we'd have no problem making that tour, even with all we planned for the day. But that meant driving to Nashville in the evening and we nixed that. So we decided to stay at the Mammoth Caves Hotel for the night, making it possible for us to take the Frozen Niagara Tour at 8:45 the next morning, before continuing on our way through Nashville.
And it's also a good thing I reviewed current information on the places we planned to stop. The Louisville Slugger Factory had new routing information on its website because of local flooding. In addition, we needed to stay on top of the weather forecast. The area we would be traveling through had been hit by tornadoes over the past week that caused many fatalities and much property damage. We needed to be prepared to change our travel plans based on almost minute to minute weather events.