This week Georgia makes our trip north to the bluegrass state and I hope everyone is rested up after last week’s Saturday off. Now Kentucky is known for many things…and football ain’t one of them. So if you’re making the trip, enjoy the leaves on the drive up and here’s a few things to do when you get there.
Who: University of Kentucky
Where: Lexington, Kentucky
Stadium: Commonwealth Stadium, seats 67,942, natural grass
Distance: 403 miles from Sanford Stadium
How to get there: Let me first say that from Athens there are two ways to head up. One up 441 to Franklin, TN and then over towards Asheville. Do not do this unless you have a very good GPS, actually pay attention while driving, or enjoy the sound of banjos. Just take I-75 and everyone will be safe and happy.
Along the way: Now back to the task at hand, bourbon and ponies. Since we’re playing Kentucky before Florida this year Keeneland will be open. Located a few miles west of Lexington on the way to the staples in Versailles is the Keeneland track. They will be racing from 1:00 until 6:00 so even if you leave Friday morning you can still catch one of the last races. But if you are lucky enough to leave today or tomorrow go to the bourbon trail. That’s not a suggestion but an order. In my opinion you must see Woodford, 4 Roses, Makers and Jim Beam. Heaven Hill is okay but they are more of a big distillery and the others have a better feel. Also Buffalo Trace is not technically on the trail but it’s in Frankfort just outside of Lexington and they make Pappy Van Winkle. That in itself is worth a visit. So if you start at Jim Beam take a day or two to work your way east you can take in all the distilleries and be in Lexington for the game. Not a bad way to spend a weekend.
In Lexington: I don’t have much to say about tailgating for this place because it’s borderline north/mid west and there’s not much to see around the stadium. Try to avoid the parking decks unless it’s windy or raining just because tailgating in parking decks always depresses me. Their fans are nice so mingle and study up on basketball before you go and dress warm, it will get cold. Sorry I don’t have too much to say for the game itself but really…bourbon and ponies. And if you’re taking the family and worried that someone will look down on you for dragging kids through a distillery, Keeneland does breakfast and stable tours Saturday morning so even race tracks and be family friendly. For anyone who’s making the trip, travel safe and Go Dawgs.