04/29/2010 — Just doing our thing

April 30, 2010

Today we woke up and ate oatmeal and bananas for breakfast in our motel room before heading out on the road. We headed out of Jackson on Rt. 52 towards Irvine, KY so  we could follow Rt. 25 to Berea. 52 followed the train tracks for much of the morning, but the terrain was hillier than yesterday (the train stayed level as we went up and down next to it.

Though we were climbing more than yesterday (not hard because we barely did at all) our sprits remained high and we cruised along swiftly. The weather was nice and warm, in the mid 80s by noon, with just a bit of headwind and quite sunny all day. After the days of rain we did this week, a day like this is quite welcome.

We stopped for lunch about 12 miles into our ride, and then for lunch #2 by around 25 miles in. It was at this point that we apparently rode past our turn and continued a bit too far south on Rt. 11. However, we realized our mistake pretty quickly and asked some locals for the best way to head to Berea. They directed us towards Rt. 587, a hilly but pleasant ride – but after not even 10 miles we realized how close we were to being back on the TransAmerica Trail. Once we came to this realization we decided that it would make a lot more sense to just follow the maps, rather than ride a route to which we have no maps, that runs parallel to it. We rode about 5 miles South and met up with the TransAm route in Vincent, KY.

We stopped for lunch about 12 miles into our ride, and then for lunch #2 by around 25 miles in. It was at this point that we apparently rode past our turn and continued a bit too far south on Rt. 11. However, we realized our mistake pretty quickly and asked some locals for the best way to head to Berea. They directed us towards Rt. 587, a hilly but pleasant ride – but after not even 10 miles we realized how close we were to being back on the TransAmerica Trail. Once we came to this realization we decided that it would make a lot more sense to just follow the maps, rather than ride a route to which we have no maps, that runs parallel to it. We rode about 5 miles South and met up with the TransAm route in Vincent, KY.

As we were closing in on the 40 mile mark and our legs were hurting a bit (we both had become accustomed to riding the much flatter terrain over the past 3 days) we decided to look for an appropriate camping spot.

Not too far outside of Vincent we came across a bridge that had a nice clearing of grass next to it, which appeared to be town or state land. We decided that we’d just camp out in the open, without hiding and worrying about being “caught” – and that we’d just relax out in the open and wave to anyone who comes by. We hung out for a few hours in the sun, just relaxing and talking.

After that, we cooked our dinner – a whole huge package of Instant Egg Noodles, which we mixed with a can of Sweet Peas. There was more than enough to save a bunch in a plastic bag for breakfast in the morning – which also keeps us from having to cook again when we wake up.

Once we ate our dinner and cleaned up, we both spent the next 45 minutes cleaning and performing regular maintainence on our bikes to keep them pretty and performing in the ideal way.

Not too long after, we retired to our tents for sleep. Tomorrow we will be in Berea, KY – the Arts Capital of Kentucky, the state’s fastest growing city, and one of the fastest growing in the nation. We intend to find something interesting to do there for Friday night.

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