We turn Horatio to the Blue Ridge Parkway and back roads to close the gap between Virginia and Kentucky. The Appalachian mountains rise and fall in their autumnal glory as the hours roll sweetly beneath our wheels. Kentucky is smothered in morning fog; the rolling land dripping in kudzu flattens briefly into blue-green fields dotted with horses and black barns.
We pull into Corbin, Kentucky for a very special lunch stop.
Lunch at the Harland Saunders Café and Museum isn’t the frantic gobble-fest of a typical fast food stop. This KFC is slow-paced, reflective, informative. Artifacts of the Colonel’s slow saunter through history are displayed in glass cases. Among the treasures are a “rare” Colonel Saunders Halloween mask from the 1960s, red checked tablecloth from the original restaurant, and a Czechoslovakian moose shaving mug that belonged to the Colonel’s father.
Americana at its finest.
And you can count it as a field trip, kids, because it’s an official Historic Place!