We woke up early and were on the road by 6:30am. We put almost 50 miles in before lunch, with a goal to reach Cave-In-Rock State Park in the early afternoon.
Rachel has been agonizing about the lack of Verizon service in KY, which is why we have gotten so behind on posts.
Today, we hit 2,000 miles!
We woke to steady rain and strong winds beating against the tent. Since it wasn’t far to Mammoth Caves, we decided to take it slowly to (hopefully) wait out the worst of it. So we packed up around nine and decided we would rather buy breakfast than cook in the rain, so we rode to a nearby truckstop for McDonald’s. After finding a spot for the bikes, Rachel went for her wallet, but it wasn’t in its normal spot. After checking all other likely spots, she determined she left it somewhere by accident. We remembered her using it at a convenience store ten miles back on the route last night; sure enough, when she called the store, the woman who answered confirmed that they had it. She had left it on a newspaper stand outside the store while we rested and had a few stacks. We rushed through our coffees and food and went back to the KOA, where Rachel dropped her bags and left me for a solo ride back to retrieve the forgotten wallet.
She returned only an hour or so later, and, by that time, the weather had calmed. We reloaded her bike and headed towards the national park.
En route we passed this sign for Big Mike’s Rock Shop, which we think a few of our friends would like to visit:
After breakfast we said goodbye to Dungey and rolled out. Today we would detour from the primary TransAm route to start the optional loop down to Mammoth Caves National Park.