|Saturday, June 29, 2013: We loaded up our trusty minivan and left Indy at the crack of dawn. We were in Kentucky well before lunch time and got the first of many "Welcome to <insert state here>" signs of the trip.
|Here's the Louisville skyline as we crossed the Indiana-Kentucky border.
|Knowing that we'd be visiting numerous famous colleges, we snapped this photo of the University of Louisville as we sped by.
|Kentucky offers the famous Bourbon Trail, and an exit sign enticed us to take a 20 minute visit of the trail -- just long enough to drive to the Jim Beam Distillery and buy some bourbon, jerky, and pralines at the gift shop before continuing our trip south.
|In Bowling Green, Kentucky, we stopped outside the Corvette Museum ...
|... and got a picture of Flat Orchy in front of the unique building. Flat Orchy is the flat version of our beloved mascot Orchy, and just for this year, he's travelling with us.
|"Tennessee - The Volunteer State - Welcomes You."
|A vacation features three meals a day, and you have to make each one count, so we got some fast lunch at Zaxby's, a staple of the South that hadn't quite made it to Indianapolis yet.
|Oh, man, that was delicious. Debbie's meal was tiny chicken sandwiches on tiny buns that were buttered and toasted to perfection.
|We passed Nashville and waved in the direction of Vanderbilt University.
|Maersk! Just one of many of Tom's wins on the trip.
|There's a short stretch of road that dips into Georgia, back up into Tennessee (here by Knoxville), ...
|... and then back into Georgia again. "Welcome. We're glad Georgia's on your mind. Georgia - Site of the 1996 Olympic Games."
|We rolled into Atlanta around 4:00 and headed to the Atlanta Food Truck Park.
|We ordered a chicken tikka masala naan wrap from Masala Fresh, ...
|... a banh mi meatball (pork with sriracha mayo, carrot daikon salad, and spices) from Mighty Meatballs, ...
|... and washed it down with a tasty bubble tea from the Bubble Tea Truck. We also picked up some praline goodies from Chay J's.
|Next, we raced to our hotel in Dunwoody and then made the 30-minute drive out to Suwanee, where Tom's brother Ken lives. Here's adorable Jena showing off her American Girl doll.
|We had a great time playing Apples to Apples with Juliet, Jack, Ken, and Jena.
|We were sent on our way with goodbyes from Juliet, Ken, Isabelle, and Pablo.
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