I stepped out in the morning just before sunrise, and was faced with a crisp, cold morning. It was below freezing by quite a bit. The weather channel said it was about 24 F. I had some breakfast and hoped it would warm up by the time I was ready to go.
When I left the temperature was just about freezing. I bundled up so that I’d warm up warm instead of trying to go out cold and warm up. I knew that I’d have to change out of something in about twenty or thirty minutes. The day was somewhat breezy so it might be even longer.
Today’s ride would be once of the longest distances between services since Colorado or maybe Nevada/Utah. It was going to be 52 miles to the next place. I carried along some extra snacks, but figured I sort of go without a real lunch. Being a bit cold, I wouldn’t want to sit outside for an hour to eat a real one.
I stopped at a gas station just out of town to get some Gatorade. The clerk commented that there were lots of cyclists who stopped there. He said during the summer that it was generally three or more a day during the summer. I mentioned that his store was on the TransAm cycling route. He was surprised. I wonder if some of the people on the route think that everywhere in the country gets so many cyclists going through if they don’t know they are on a special route. He also noted that it was cold outside and no other cyclists had come by in a couple months. I noticed that too.
Sometimes I’d see the big V-formations of the Canada geese heading south for the winter, and I’d wonder, “Do they know something I don’t?”
The rest of the day’s ride went through what seemed to be more horse country with rolling farmland and green pastures.
Arriving a bit early in Harrodsburg, I went to the library to empty my GoPro memory cards since the computers in Bardstown were so slow.
Start point: Bardstown, KY
End point: Harrodsburg, KY
Today’s mileage: 48.4 miles
Total miles so far: 3013 miles
Average speed: 10.8 mph
Max speed: 34.8 mph
Riding time: (08:45 to 14:15) 5.5 hours
Total riding time: 386 hours
Weather: partly cloudy, 35-45 F
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