Archive | May 2012

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Day 26, Carbondale, Illinois

54 miles, 1171 total miles Ahhhh, a layover day! We spend this evening and tomorrow in the city of Carbondale, population 20,681, and the home of Southern Illinois University. A very nice ride today . . . always beautiful scenery. Our first stop, 20 miles into the route, was Delanie’s Cafe, where bikers are served […]

Day 25, Dixon Springs State Park

47 miles, 1117 total miles We crossed the Ohio River today into southern Illinois.  Most of us took the free ferry across the river . . . but Steve, our leader, and Nick, our triathlete, decided to swim across (about a half mile).  

Day 24, Marion, Kentucky

70 mile day, 1,070 total miles. Brutal heat again today . . . with sweltering temperatures hovering close to 100 degrees.  We also had long, LONG hills, one after another . . . inching up one side, and flying down the other (but only going up the next hill about 20% of its height). What […]

Day 23, Utica, Kentucky

83 miles, 1,000 total miles! Our longest day yet . . . in blazing heat and Kentucky hills. To prepare, we left this morning at 6 a.m. — plus we crossed into the Central Time Zone — our ride time (to include stops) was 10 1/2 hours. Spending the night in another volunteer fire department. […]

Day 22 – White Mills, Kentucky

60 miles, 917 total Temperatures in the 90s today but not excessive humidity.  Just enough breeze and hills to make the ride tolerable.  Again, weaving around and through beautiful farmland. Stopped in at Lincoln’s birthplace. Spending the night in a volunteer fire department (air conditioned – ahhhhh!)   Had delicious pasta elfrado with asparagus.

Day 21, Bardstown, Kentucky

45 miles, 857 total miles. Another beautiful ride, today to Bardstown, Kentucky, the bourbon capital of Kentucky.  Several bourbon distillers are located in the area and the town of 11,700 hosts the Kentucky Bourbon Festival each year. We’re camping tonight in the My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Weather’s heating up tomorrow and Sunday with […]

Day 20, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

50 miles, 812 total. More wonderful riding.  Thankfully, the hilltains (this is a combination of “hill” and “mountain” — the word “hill” just doesn’t describe riding up, up, up in your lowest gear for miles at the time) — the hilltrains are leveling out and now the terrain is gently rolling and snaking through farm […]