Day 21: Quixotic Cycling and a Quilt Museum: Eddyville,KY to Paducah, KY

44 miles (71 km) – Total so far: 994 miles (1,600 km) Today’s ride, starting in Eddyville, was flat and peaceful in the early morning. After a three day rest with friends and family, I found myself averaging about 3 MPH higher than I had been at the end of a 17 day stretch. EvenContinue reading “Day 21: Quixotic Cycling and a Quilt Museum: Eddyville,KY to Paducah, KY”

Day 17: Perfect Breakfast: Auburn, Ky to Hopkinsville, Ky

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 getContinue reading “Day 17: Perfect Breakfast: Auburn, Ky to Hopkinsville, Ky”

Day 16: Over-easy Cycling: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY to Auburn, KY

46 miles (74 km) – Total so far: 903 miles (1,453 km) Riding out of the Mammoth CaveNational Park was wonderfully pleasant, as all national parks and forests have been. This contrasted sharply with the stretches of US highway that carried me the rest of my day. Fortunately, the plan today was for short mileageContinue reading “Day 16: Over-easy Cycling: Mammoth Cave National Park, KY to Auburn, KY”

Day 15: Nummy Donuts and National Caves: Russell Springs, KY to Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

 72 miles (116 km) – Total so far: 857 miles (1,379 km) My stretch goal for the day was to put together back to back 70+ mile days to make it to Mammoth Cave and do a tour in the afternoon. This is because their first tour of tomorrow morning wasn’t till 9:00 AM. NowContinue reading “Day 15: Nummy Donuts and National Caves: Russell Springs, KY to Mammoth Cave National Park, KY”

Day 14: Mild riding and Memorials: Corbin,KY to Russell Springs, KY

71 miles (114 km) – Total so far: 785 miles (1,263 km) Last night, I performed a minor bike tune up in the hotel room. The most important item on the list was to check the rear disc brake pads. All the steep descents, rain, gravel roads, and debris can really wear out a setContinue reading “Day 14: Mild riding and Memorials: Corbin,KY to Russell Springs, KY”

Day 13: Leaving Virginia and Loving Kentucky: Cumberland Gap National Park, VA to Corbin, KY

55 miles (89 km) – Total so far: 714 miles (1,149 km) Just before rolling into the campground last night I saw a warning sign for the Cumberland Gap tunnel. ‘Huh’ me thoughts, ‘I didn’t realize I had to go through a tunnel’. A few hours after that thought sunk in I figured I mightContinue reading “Day 13: Leaving Virginia and Loving Kentucky: Cumberland Gap National Park, VA to Corbin, KY”

Day 13: Leaving Virginia and Loving Kentucky: Cumberland Gap National Park, VA to Corbin, KY

Kentucky Day 13- Corbin, KY Day 14- Russell Springs, KY Day 15- Mammoth Cave National Park, KY Day 16- Auburn, KY Day 17- Hopkinsville, KY Day 21- Paducah, KY Day 13: Leaving Virginia and Loving Kentucky: Cumberland Gap National Park, VA to Corbin, KY 55 miles (89 km) – Total so far: 714 miles (1,149Continue reading “Day 13: Leaving Virginia and Loving Kentucky: Cumberland Gap National Park, VA to Corbin, KY”

Day 12: Konfederates & Kanines: Duffield,VA to Cumberland Gap National Park, VA

67 miles (108 km) – Total so far: 659 miles (1,061 km) Today’s routing was much more successful than yesterday’s. I accomplished my goals with nearly zero traffic, moderate climbs, and moderate to long distance. As I suspected, the canine element was outside my control. More on that later.Just a few miles outside of myContinue reading “Day 12: Konfederates & Kanines: Duffield,VA to Cumberland Gap National Park, VA”

Day 11: Jangled nerves and Jaw dropping scenery: Rosedale,VA to Duffield,VA

59 miles (95 km) – Total so far: 592 miles (953 km) Today, I broke away from the ACA route completely and started heading straight west in an effort to get to an annual get together with my brothers North of Nashville. Though, honestly, several folks have told me that breaking away from the ACAContinue reading “Day 11: Jangled nerves and Jaw dropping scenery: Rosedale,VA to Duffield,VA”

Day 10: Improvised Routing and Inspirational People: Whytheville, VA to Rosedale, VA

69 miles (111 km) – Total so far: 533 miles (858 km) A note from Mike on time travel by bike: Delays between blog posting time and real time will shrink as the rest days pass. Now, onto the blog… Going to bed last night, I had been pretty anxious about a weather report thatContinue reading “Day 10: Improvised Routing and Inspirational People: Whytheville, VA to Rosedale, VA”