05/03/2010 — After the storm

May 3, 2010

We awoke to the beautiful sight of the sun coming through the window of our room, and knew that we would be able to get back onto our bikes and continue our adventure.

We packed up our stuff, ate our complimentary breakfast (again) and headed out on the road. While everything was still pretty damp from the several days of intense raining, the weather was fantastic – we couldn’t really ask for anything better.

We came across the first river not too long into morning, and the sight of the flooded area around the river proved how much rain the area really got.

As we went along, we continued to witness the flooding that had occurred over the past couple of days. While I ended up getting a bunch of really beautiful pictures of the flooded areas, unfortunately water can be a really destructive force as well.

We stopped on a bridge over rushing water for lunch, and I got a couple of shots of a small side road that had been completely covered with 4 or 5 feet with water. I thought the “Slow – Children Playing” sign next to water was amusing.

We just continued riding as we always do, and eventually someone coming the opposite direction stopped and warned us that there was quite a bit of water over the road up ahead. We checked out the map, and as soon as we realized that a detour would be an additional 15 miles or more, we decided that we were just going to go ahead towards the high water.

As we came up on the water across the road, we saw that there was a Department Of Transportation truck parked near the end. We went up and talked to the guy inside, and he informed us that the water was over the road for maybe 500 or 600 feet and that they weren’t sure how deep it was.

We went on ahead, and when we reached the edge of the water, we both decided to take off our shoes and socks – as the water was clearly going to be deeper than our feet. We began walking our bikes down the road, through the river that had overflowed it. The first section was fairly short, and only about 10 inches deep at its deepest point. The second and final section was considerably longer, with a much stronger current of water flowing horizontally across the road. At its deepest point, it was probably close to 16 inches of water – which almost submerged our front panniers, and came up on our legs enough to get our shorts wet.  We made sure to get some pictures to have a record of such an event.

Once we made it out the other side we saw that they had actually closed the road to traffic while we were going through – so I guess we made it just in time.  After that point we climbed up to a higher elevation so we didn’t see any more flooding.

By this point it was already close to 4 PM, and we were nearing our hopeful destination for the day: Bardstown, KY.  We were riding into town by 5ish, and decided to get a hotel and do our laundry. I checked on the Iphone to make sure that the place had machines, which it said it did. To our dismay, we found out that they do not after we’d already booked the room.

Luckily there was a laundromat only a half mile down the road, so we unloaded our bikes in the room and rode with just our laundry. We sat outside and ate Subway while our clothes washed and dried, and then rode back to the motel as the sun went down.

We are supposed to have at least 3 or 4 more days of good weather before the thunderstorms return, so we’ll see how that goes. This adventure continues…

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One Response to “05/03/2010 — After the storm”

  1. Megan said

    Wow, the flooding was a lot more than I pictured in my head when talking to you. I’m glad you guys finally got a days rest yesterday, now you continue doing 55+ mile days! Hurry up and get here! Good talking to you today! Talk to you soon… keep truck’n, just keep truck’n ooooonnnnnnnnn…

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