KY / TN in April - suggestions?
I'm driving down from Milwaukee, WI on the weekend of April 20th to visit my sister in Adolphus, KY (south central), have never been there, am bringing the road bike, and looking for ride suggestions anywhere in KY and northern TN. Am bringing two cycling friends along, and we think we're going to get some warm miles in, but we have no idea how the riding is down there that time of year, or what areas to ride. My family down there says that the roads are narrow, with little room to ride on. I was thinking that if the roads are iffy, we could have two guys riding and one driving support, then switch off later. If the road is no good, load the bikes on the car (Subaru Outback), and drive on - looking for the next good section.
Plans are pretty loose at this time, but it will probably be a three day trip. Day one will include a brief stop in Bloomington, IN for a few miles and to soak up some of the energy from the Little 500 bike race. Then probably continue to KY from there that evening. Saturday will be in and around Adolphus, Sunday is wide open, can go anywhere.
Suggestions needed for: clothing (shoe covers or shorts?), routes?, suggested gearing?
Two of us are in our 40's, decades of cycling experience, third is 16 yo. All on road bikes with probably 39 x 23 as lowest gear on the bikes now.