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Old 05-05-02, 08:16 PM   #1
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Kentucky

Am planning to tent and road cycle in KY the beginning of June. Any suggestions of areas or 50-mile loops, especially in the Eastern part of the state? Also am considering some riding in Indiana.

Advice on bicycle tour books of the areas also welcome!
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Old 05-05-02, 09:27 PM   #2
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Hey! I'm up for any info on Kentucky also. My wife is from Kentucky and has been gone from there for about 30 years. She is back visiting relatives and, well, it looks like we'll be moving there soon. If any knows what the riding is like or if the is any recumbent action in the Princeton area of western Kentucky, I'd like to know.

By the way, will I have to mount the Easy Rider Rifle Rack on my bike. I'm from california and I'd have to remove the cheese table and the bota bag holder to make room.

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There is a 50 mile loop that is used for the Kentucky 50-mile ultra-marathon. It starts and ends in the E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, KY. Most of the route is on country roads. There is about a 3/4 mile stretch along a busy road without much shoulder at the start and about a 2-3 mile stretch along a busy road with a nice shoulder. It does have some hills and sharp turns.

I don't have the map with me right now (I'm at work, the map is on my home computer). I'll try to post it on my website tonight and get a link posted here.

If you end up riding near Columbus, Indiana, let me know. If it's a weekend, I'd love to join you for a ride. Depending on the weekend, I may be able to join you for one day in Kentucky.
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Thanks much, kobij! Will be looking forward to your next post. I'm afraid we're running short on time, and I've even called Barnes and Noble in Louisville and was told that they have NOTHING! in stock on cycling in KY.

We'll be in the Columbus,IN area the second week -- going to a wedding in Brownstown/Seymour area on Saturday, June 8th. Maybe we can rendezvous on the 9th. Warning, though: we do take our time on these rides.

Goatbiker: I'll keep you in mind when we try out whatever rides we learn about or create and let you know what we find.

Keep 'em coming!
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50-mile Map

That's the only map I have of a route in Kentucky. I would give you some ideas of places around here to ride, but I've only been on one long ride since I moved to Columbus and I wasn't paying much attention to where we were.

What does time matter? As long as I am home before 8, I don't care! (8 is my bed time)
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Hey, kobyj! The map came out great!

Now, I have a 57.7 mile ride in the Bloomington area. Problem is, I don't know if I can scan and send it to you -- may have to type out verbal directions in a post here. And don't know if that might take up more space than alloted. Interested?

Wife already had that one in mind for that Sunday. Would you like to join us?
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I'm interested in riding in Bloomington if you and your wife don't mind.

You don't need to send me a map. Just as long as you have the map for when we ride. All I need to know is where to meet you on June 9th.
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Okay. Will be in touch in the meantime. Thanks again for the map. Nice job!
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Kobyj:

Thanks again for the map. We didn't get to Louisville, though. We had just had a terrific first week, tent camping and cycling in the Red River Gorge area and around Lexington, when we received a call that two of our sons, in their early 20's, had been in an MVA -- passengers in a truck hit by an oncoming 18 wheeler! We were in Bardstown when we heard. About an 11-hour drive.

The younger one was hospitalized in Beaufort, SC with multiple fractures of vertebrae T-12 through T-12. Thankfully, he is well, in a TLSO for 12 weeks, but, "can't keep a good man down!" We took him home Friday before last, to the Augusta, GA area.

Sorry we couldn't rendezvous. We hope to resume our trip, maybe part this fall and the rest in the spring. This road riding isn't for sissies! Be careful .....
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Oops, sorry again. That was T-12 through T-5. Pretty extensive, but no neurological damage.
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I'm glad that there is no neurological damage. While I was driving my S-10 a few years ago, I was almost broadsided by a semi truck. He ran his red light without ever letting off of the gas. A few weeks before that, I started training myself so that when I get a green light, I look both directions for people running red lights before proceding through the intersection.


I wasn't in condition to do a ride in Bloomington that day anyway. The day before I did a hard 62-mile ride in Southern Indiana.

I am moving back up to West Lafayette in August so I won't be in the Bloomington area when you resume your trip.
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Well, kobij, I hope you get to do the Bloomington ride. It looked interesting.

As for the 18-wheeler, he decided to turn left -- into them -- charged with "failure to yield right of way" (seems like an understatement!) Scarey thing was, he was turning onto a local military base "to pick up missles!" Scarier, it could certainly happen to a cyclist the same way!!!
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