I didn’t follow my plan as well as I should have. Because I wasn’t really tired, I ended up driving for nearly 10 solid hours to start off. I finally pulled into a rest stop about 2 a.m. and slept for about two hours. Then it was back on the road with a quick stop for breakfast. Pulling the trailer, I’m keeping the speed down so the trip took a couple hours longer than I planned, better safe than sorry – plus it helps with the mileage!
After a little confusion regarding the time zone, I was able to take the Grand Avenue tour of Mammoth Cave. This is one of the most extensive tours available, taking about 4 hours to cover approximately 4 miles underground. This route includes scaling several underground “mountains”. It’s a pretty amazing place – there are over 370 miles of cave in the network, but nobody really knows how much more might be connected.
After the tour, I hit the campground and got situated. It’s cooling off now and is pretty comfortable, it’s about 7 p.m., but it was around 90 when I got started a couple hours ago. At 8 I’m heading over to the amphitheater for a ranger discussion of myths and legends surrounding the cave area – should be interesting.
Updated 6/10 – so I actually fell asleep and missed the presentation thing – it had been a very long day.