Booneville Ky to Berea Ky 49 miles

The dog days of Kentucky.

Today was a short day, but it was an eventful day for Kentucky Dogs. We had always been told to be on the lookout for dogs in Kentucky and today we found out why.

All of the “Senior Riders” got an up close and personal look at a dog from Kentucky, but Greg (a new rider that joined us for Kentucky) his visit will go down in the record books. Two dogs (friendly) ran along with Greg for about 2 miles. Greg started out being nice to them, then he tried yelling at them, then sprayed them with some water but they just kept coming. The rest stop van even came by and honked at the dogs. He then finally saw a local gentleman and he stopped and asked the gentleman to hold them so he could get away.

There were, once again, a lot of climbs but one top all the others. The grade on this special climb was over 14%. We were lucky in that the climb was only about a quarter of a mile but it caused us to breathe hard and work up a sweat. At the top there was some road construction and the flagman told us there were more hills to come but he was wrong and we didn’t complain.

Tonight we are staying at the Berea Baptist Church. It has great air conditioner and after day in the heat it is welcome. We also took advantage of the short day to do some much needed laundry.

Hindman KY to Booneville KY 67 miles

We got up early today so we could get an early 6:30 a.m. start. Since it reached 93 yesterday we were concerned about the heat again today. It was a good concern and it did get up to 86 degrees before we finished the day.

Today consisted of 7 climbs which were hard just like Virginia. I thought we had left the hard climbs behind us but it looks like today and tomorrow will be the end of the major climbs on the eastern side of the ride. The profiles shown on the maps thru tomorrow have 1000’ increments. After tomorrow the map’s profile is shown at 100’ increments thus indicated less elevation changes. I will not complain.

The first rest stop was in Combs and since we arrived before the rest stop had arrived we stopped and ate breakfast at the Circle T Restaurant. The locals didn’t even give us a second thought so other riders had stopped there before. The waitress shirt said “I am only sarcastic when I speak”. I guess that is for the locals because we didn’t experience it.

The second rest stop was in Buckhorn and it was sent up before we arrive. It was adjacent to a convenience store which had good food and MILK SHAKES. I had to have one. That is one of the added benefits of the ride. We can eat all we want since we are burning up lots of calories.

The climb after the break was a hard one and it wasn’t because of the milk shake. There were a number of other climbs but the one just before Booneville was hard for me. One of the main reasons what the heat had found us.

We are camping tonight at the Booneville Presbyterian Church backyard. They have a cold water show and a Port-A-John. Life is good.