Our second day on the road was pretty mellow. It was almost impossible not to be relaxed while staying at the Beaumont Inn (the massage I got there and the relaxing breakfast in their dining room didn’t hurt either!). This was definitely a change from the frantic pace that we usually have on the 127 and I already put in my request to the hubs that this has to be a regular stop on future visits.
Our trip to Albany, KY consisted of our usual stops. It had rained a little the night before, so our first regular stop had lots of mud but when you are prepared, the rain won’t stop you! A quick change of shoes and we were off to go. I think I have finally mastered packing the car and knowing what to wear for the 127 as well as surprise weather conditions (albeit I look a little too hip with my Joy Division shirt and pants—all my clothes were pretty dirty by this point). TIP: use the plastic bags you get from vendors to cover your dirty rain boots in the car!
We had a regular stop at the Central Kentucky Ag Center and while we picked up a few items we noticed their new and super large ceiling fans which made a noticeable difference helping with the heat and humidity.
We arrived in Albany pretty early and used the extra time to go to the local Family Dollar store where I bought some clothes for super cheap. Bonus: we went through their cardboard recycling area to hunt for boxes that we really needed to protect the items we’d bought so far plus ones we hoped to find on future stops…this is a glamorous trip I tell you!
One of the great things about our trip on the 127 is the people we meet. While we made our evening cocktail in our room (Albany is “dry county”, more on that in a second), we made friends with Tony and Bobby our motel “neighbors” who were also doing the sale. Lets just say there were multiple Ale-8 + whiskey drinks, great conversation and laughs long into the night.
As I have mentioned in past posts, some parts of Southern Kentucky are still “dry”, meaning you can’t purchase alcohol in their county. It’s not a big deal, but at the end of a long day in the sun while hunting for treasures…if you fancy yourself a cocktail… it’s hard to find. I fashioned this recipe while on the road (NOTE: you’ll need to prepare a bit ahead of time)
Dry County Margarita
- 1 cup of shaken lemonade (you can purchase this at most large sales in the area)
- 3 ounces of tequila, whiskey, bourbon or whatever you brought with you
- 1 lime or lemon (not vital but makes it a little better)
Drink a few sips from your lemonade to make room for the spirit. Stir your chosen spirit into your lemonade and squeeze the juice from lime/lemon and mix with the straw that comes with your lemonade. Pour into smaller cups or drink the whole thing but you might have a hangover LOL.
FINDS OF THE DAY: lots of really great vintage barware, cute tea strainer, a teal and hardly blemished enameled cast iron sauce pan (!!), an old map of Lexington (the hubs was pretty excited to find this!)