55 miles (89 km) – Total so far: 714 miles (1,149 km)
Just after entering Kentucky I found a grocery store that was actually open before 3PM. They had produce. I got giddy just thinking about fresh food. The difficulty of finding fresh food has really astonished me. It made me realize how much of our food stream is really just manufactured rather than grown. Also, it takes a ton of oil based energy to get the fresh food we do have to us. I think when I get back I’m going to go nuts creating a garden. In the meantime, I’m switching to two days of food in my packs every time I fill up instead of just one. The extra weight is not as big a deal on the more level roads, and I just can’t stomach another Powerbar or Cliff bar lunch again.
About halfway through my ride, I came to a junction where I switched to an alternate route directly to the Northwest to get out of the mountains. It sets me up much better for the next few days. Originally I was avoiding this ‘Northwest passage’ since it was primarily along a US highway. But, traffic was incredibly light. So, I went for it. Easy Peasy. So far, Kentucky has been beautiful, and the art very avant garde: