It’s already been a month since we started this trip; I can’t believe how time has flown. So far, we’ve ridden 1,800 miles through 8 states, and we are finally settled into a good daily routine. We have worked hard on unusual tanlines, and have met lots of very kind people. It is sad to think that the end of our trip is nearing, but there is still so much to be excited for between now and then. Soon, we will trade mountains for plains, which will be an entirely new experience. We hope that you have all enjoyed following along so far and will continue to do so!
This morning, we packed up camp for the second day in a row alongside Nick and Mike.
We also crossed paths with another touring cyclist named Matt, who started biking in Washington in early April. We chatted with him on the side of the road for almost an hour. It’s always interesting to hear about how some else’s trip compares to your own. Matt has had an amazing journey so far (link to his blog), and I’m sure it will continue to be just as exciting for the remainder, until he reaches the Atlantic at Virginia Beach (or maybe NYC?). One of the topics we discussed was food, and Matt has long since sent his cooking gear home. I’m tempted now to save a few pounds by getting rid of ours and eating cold food for the rest of the trip!
Rachel continues to struggle with dogs, and Kentucky has an excess of them which are hungry for cyclists. She had an incident with a dog a few years back while jogging in Bozeman, and the dogs seem to sense the lingering anxiety she is left with as a result. Today, one dog grabbed onto a piece of clothing as she was trying to get away, and another jumped a fence to antagonize her! The funny part about the dog that jumped the fence…. he was in the house behind a glass door when I rode by only 30 second earlier. We are working on our strategy for dealing with them to lessen her anxiety, but there are a few which use the surprise factor to their advantage. Since bear spray is most likely in our future regardless, we may get some early to give her peace of mind.
Our destination for the day was the city of Berea, KY, where there is a beautiful college campus and a very nice library. We had lunch under a gazebo in a little park (the main course was peanut butter and apple wraps), and then moved into the library for the afternoon.
- Booneville, KY to Berea, KY
- Daily mileage: 49.4mi; Trip total to date: 1,834.6mi
- Daily riding time: 4hr 11min; Trip total time: 164hr 29min
- Daily ascent: 3,859ft; Trip total ascent: 100,071ft
- Flat tires: Rachel – 1; Chris – 0