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The final stop of day one of the Men's Basketball National Championship Trophy Tour presented by Verizon Wireless was in Ashland, Ky. (Chet White, UK Athletics) The final stop of day one of the Men's Basketball National Championship Trophy Tour presented by Verizon Wireless was in Hazard, Ky. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
Eric Lindsey of CoachCal.com is riding the bus with John Calipari and the Kentucky coaching staff as they crisscross the Bluegrass for the Men's Basketball National Championship Trophy Tour presented by Verizon Wireless. On Thursday, the trophy made stops in Ashland, Ky., Pikeville, Ky., and Hazard, Ky., on the Eastern Kentucky portion of the tour.

After a long day, Eric put together a great diary of the 10 and a half hours they spent on the road complete with videos, photos and written descriptions of the voyage that saw thousands of fans turn out to cheer, pose with the trophy, and simply say, 'Thank you.' Here's an excerpt to give you an idea of what the piece is like:

Thursday 1:15 p.m. ET (Ashland) - We just finished up our first stop in Ashland, Ky. Hard to describe how crazy the scene was at the local Kroger.

There were at least a thousand people there, if not more. The staff distributed 1,000 championship posters and those were all gone in minutes.

Coach Cal, as he will at every stop, walked along the line of fans with the national championship trophy and posed with as many fans as he could. Meanwhile, the assistant coaches and the rest of the staff walked through the crowd and signed T-shirts, posters, basketballs, etc.

Before that, Calipari spoke to the crowd and talked about what made this year's team so special while thanking the fans for their support. He also read an excerpt from a fan's comment on the website that was from Ashland. We'll have videos and pictures of all that in a little bit. On the way to Pikeville, Ky.

Make sure you check out the complete post, as well as Chet White's photo gallery from day one of the trophy tour.

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