Total miles: 45 +/- elevation: 3291/3097 total miles so far: 746 Weather: cloudy, low 70’s humid.
Went 4 miles or so this morning without seeing any cars. First traffic that passed us was this horse going the other direction. Horse was practicing proper lane usage and seemed to know where it was going. Did not stop to chat.
Met another westbound cyclist, Sam who just moved to Asheville, North Carolina with his girlfriend. Instead of getting a job he is biking to Oregon! As with most riders including us he commented that this is harder than he expected.
Many places we pass have Elk in their name. Elk were once very common in this area and were hunted to extinction just before the civil war. Elk have been reintroduced in abandoned coal mining areas. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/science/kentucky-elk-wildlife-coal.html
Eastern Kentucky has some very poor areas. We saw many homes like this and worse. Some homes have old cars, trucks, appliances, and garbage on their property.
On a bicycle you never want to be in a valley heading for a town called Big Hill. Unfortunately we were.
Once we made the climb to Big Hill we were rewarded with a beautiful downhill.
We were able to book a room at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel for a surprisingly reasonable rate. Here we are on the porch celebrating finishing the first 2 out of 12 maps.