Day 45, Getting wet in a dry county

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This morning we broke camp in Buckhorn to continue our push into the Appalachians. We could tell right away we were going to have weather issues, as it remained fairly dark while we packed up our stuff.

As we pulled into a gas station to check our map, two dogs took pursuit. As we rolled to a stop and talked to them they immediately calmed down, not quite ready to be pet, but happy to investigate us. Later in the day we had a canine incident of a different sort. I felt a slight bump to the rear of my bike or trailer, while hearing the clink of a chain and some movement out of the corner of my eye. I’m pretty sure it was a chained dog lying in wait who had lunged at my bike.

Eventually the rain caught up to us and after riding about an hour in sprinkling to drizzling rain, we decided to end the day early in Hindman KY. The Hindman historical society has a bed and breakfast geared towards transam cyclists. The one catch is it’s up a 16% grade. We chose to push our bikes up that wet 300 feet. While there we ordered dinner from a local sandwich shop and both got a “Fat Daddy”. Two grilled cheese sandwiches as buns with a burger, fixings and egg in between. I had to help Sarah finish hers. Sarah also got to try genuine Kentucky moonshine for the first time. I think we will sleep good tonight. We’re sleeping outside, but in much more substancial tent than usual. Tomorrow we expect to cross into Virginia, barring any major rains.

6 Responses to “Day 45, Getting wet in a dry county”

  1. Meghan Says:

    Hang in there guys! Make sure to take some vitamins…please.

  2. Jesse Says:

    I say drink more whiskey and eat grilled-cheeseburgers.

    I’m dreading you guys will have an actual dog attack… get out of Kentucky!

  3. Jim Says:

    Wow I will have to try that crazy burger sometime. That sounds even better than the burger with a donut as a bun. Looking forward to seeing you guys back here. Can’t believe you are almost to the East Coast already.

  4. Mike m Says:

    Jesse – we are gladly out of KY, unscathed by dogs. So far the dogs in Virginia have been much more polite. I’ll be back in NY next Sunday, we’ll hang out.
    ~Sarah

  5. Jesse Says:

    S. Joyce: “We are gladly out of KY, unscathed by dogs.”

    The World, In Unison: THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID.

    Happy returns! See you soon 🙂

  6. Jesse Says:

    Just realized that I can add that vulgar retort to your title of this entry, too.


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