This is Old Frankfort Pike, a narrow two lane tree-canopied road between Midway and Frankfort, which winds through some of Kentucky's most beautiful horse country. Last week my friend Sherry and I took this road home after a lunch with another friend in Midway. I had warned Sherry that there would be many stops because I was looking for photo ops. She very gamely became a crack scene spotter, even though she feared for her life when I frequently swerved off the road and jumped out of the car with camera at ready!
Old Frankfort Pike runs past some of Kentucky's grandest horse farms and every place you passed was a postcard worthy shot with the horse barns, grazing thoroughbreds, classic wooden fences and dry stone walls. I was just thrilled with the photos I got, even though most were taken quickly because of the traffic danger. I'll try to ration them out over the next week or so to not "over-estimate" your interest on horse farms and Kentucky tourism. :-)
This is just one of many imposing gates that limit public access to valuable thoroughbred horses:
Here's a typical horse barn with gabled and spired roof. Horses were peacefully grazing in the farm pastures:
And here you have two views from the entrance to Darley, a Dubai Millennium Farm--yes, Middle Eastern sheiks love Kentucky thoroughbred racing:
Old dry stone walls first built by slaves and Irish immigrants and stained horse fencing lined the pike:
And finally, meet Olivia M. She came over to the fence to chat with me and allowed this photo. I was just thrilled at these gentle creatures. Without any bribes on me, they just ambled over to the fence every time we stopped, all friendly and curious.
I hope you've enjoyed this little country drive. If so, come back all this week for more.