The Riders

The Riders
The end at Yorktown

Friday, July 22, 2011

Now we are in Hazard

Dave's alarm is going off at 4:30 AM every day, and since we are on the western edge of the Eastern time zone it's really dark.  By the time we get packed up and eat breakfast, the riders can hit the road with head and tail lights just as the sun is coming up. The day was long, but we came a long way.  93 miles.  The initial goal was Booneville at 51 miles, but that milestone was accomplished at 11:00 AM - too early to quit.  So on to Hazard, another 42 miles. ETA 4:00 PM. There is a thunderstorm moving in, and no camp ground available, so (aw shucks) we are in an air conditioned motel again tonight. The hills today were a challenge.  Pete counted 9 "mountains" which required the granny gear.  The very steep up hills results in very steep fast down hills too. We are wondering if this is a warm-up for the Appalachians.

Dogs.  Dave said that there were approximately 15 dogs which would like to have a piece of them, and all but one were constrained in some way.  The one that was loose made a lot of noise but did not get too close to Pete and it almost got hit by a car in the process.  I see by his blog that fellow tourist Rusty got bit and the EMTs came to patch him up.  He continued on.  Dave and Peter went to Walmart in Berea last night to get some wasp spray, but the container was too large to carry on the bike.  Dave does have some anti dog spray but has not had to use it, even though he had it in is hand a few times.

Dave, the photographer, did not take any pictures today. He could have taken some of the many tunnels of trees.  Some homes along the way had very large (many acres) lawns which were manicured. Those next to junkey dumps.

Off to supper.


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