47 miles (76 km) – Total so far: 950 miles (1,529 km)
Breakfast this morning was out of this world. Terry, my host at Federal Grove B&B, cooked me up a farmhouse skillet along with fresh biscuits, fruit salad, local tomatoes, and maple glazed crispy bacon. Fresh orange juice and coffee also helped to get the day started right. Though, Terry was scandalized that I had grabbed a paper cup instead of a proper mug. I lingered late into the morning, packing as much of this wonderful food away as my body would allow.

Best breakfast of the trip so far. Actually, best breakfast of 2014 so far. At Federal Grove B&B in Albany, KY

Best breakfast of the trip so far. Actually, best breakfast of 2014 so far. At Federal Grove B&B in Albany, KY 

Terry from Federal Grove B&B in Albany, KY. Great hospitality and world class breakfast! It's like staying at Grandma's house.

Terry from Federal Grove B&B in Albany, KY. Great hospitality and world class breakfast! It’s like staying at Grandma’s house.

Click here for a larger version of the picture Just a little something that Terry threw together yesterday after my long day of riding. At Federal Grove B&B in Albany, KY

Just a little something that Terry threw together yesterday after my long day of riding. At Federal Grove B&B in Albany, KY

Once I finally got going, most of the ride passed without any exceptional events. I began to wonder what I’d write about today.

At this point, Love is a Long Road by Tom Petty was on my speaker. Appropriate. Near Claymour, KY

At this point, Love is a Long Road by Tom Petty was on my speaker. Appropriate. Near Claymour, KY

So that's what a flat straight road looks like. Near Hopkinsville, KY

So that’s what a flat straight road looks like. Near Hopkinsville, KY

This is a Perdue Chicken "Farm." I've passed 4 or 5 of these this trip.

This is a Perdue Chicken “Farm.” I’ve passed 4 or 5 of these this trip.

 The tour surprised me again with rapid fire happenings in the last 10 miles. My complacent daydreaming self was pedaling along wondering how many revolutions of the crank I’ve done so far and out of nowhere BLAMO! 3 dogs in full pursuit. I was in a high gear just starting a hill, and I couldn’t accelerate fast enough. The pooches caught me and were none too impressed by my whistle. At the critical moment, rather than biting me one of them raced ahead, looking back hopefully for me to continue the game of chase. I don’t know if this playful spirit is the exception or the rule. I hope I won’t be gathering a statistically significant sample set of data to answer that question.

A few miles further down the road, a kid of about 11 or 12 rolled out of his driveway as I was approaching. After doing a triple take, he settled in beside me for a ride and started asking me all sorts of questions about where I was from and what I was doing. He was blown away by the idea that someone could ride all the way from the ocean. He was even more amazed that I would try to get all the way to the Pacific. After about half a mile he wished me luck and turned back to his farm to get back to work.

This fella cycled with me for a spell.

This fella cycled with me for a spell.

My final experience of the day was a bug hitting me while I was on a 35MPH downhill. Impact was half an inch under my eye. I almost totally bit the dust. After recovering from my initial shock and not wanting to lose momentum, I got about halfway up the subsequent uphill before stopping to inspect my eye. Still worked. I’ve got a big bruise from pretending I’m a windshield. You should have seen the other guy.