My wife & I are looking to take a trip down to Lexington in Sept/October. I found this ride listed in outside magazine a few years ago & had saved it. Can someone who lives down there take a look at it & let me know if it seems like a reasonable ride? The directions mention all highways, so I'm a bit concerned about that. Do the ride instructions look like something that would be enjoyable? Is the area hilly? Would the ride, with an alternate route (using google bike maps or something) but the same general destinations be worthwhile?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer?
Grab your road bike and head for the heartland, where the two things that make Kentucky greatóbourbon and horsesóare within weekend spinning distance of Lexington. After an inspirational stop at the Kentucky Horse Park (kyhorsepark.com), where more than 50 breeds graze near Man o' War's gravesite, it's 17 miles west to the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery (woodfordreserve.com), along Glen Creek. Sample a snort of small-batch bourbon and keep rolling past white-fenced thoroughbred farms to the Wild Turkey Distillery (wildturkeybourbon.com), in continuous operation since the late 1860s except for a blip during Prohibition. The oyster po'boys and Bridge Street Bourbon Balls at Rick's White Light Diner & Barbecue (502-330-4262), a vintage hideaway in downtown Frankfort, are worth pulling in for. After a night at the Meeting House (doubles from $100; themeetinghousebandb.com), an 1840s bed-and-breakfast, point your wheels north toward Franklin County and the Buffalo Trace Distillery (buffalotrace.com), whose 15-year-old George T. Stagg bourbon took home the gold in the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. From there, it's a straight shot back to Lexington, where you can recover (from the riding!) among mahogany furnish-ings and regional artwork at the Gratz Park Inn (doubles from $169; gratzpark-inn.com).
Route: Start the 88-mile loop at Lexington and ride north on Highway 922, west on 1973, then right on Iron Works Parkway. Head back to Lexington and go west on Highway 6062 to Lawrenceburg. Take McCracken Pike, then Steele Road, then Highway 127 north to Frankfort. To return to Lexington, take Highway 421 via Midway.
These are state roads, and do not normally carry very heavy traffic, with the exception of 127 and maybe US 421. Where the traffic is heavier, the roads are usually 4 lanes with a breakdown lane. I haven't ridden these roads, but I've driven them. You might check them out with street view on Google maps to see what they look like.
Thanks for the reply & the info. I checked out the streetview for several of them, but they looked like streets that would be very busy up here. It's good to get some local info. Thanks foe the link as well, that looks very helpful.