Lincoln Homestead State Park, KY to Sonora, KY
If we are going to attempt a 90+ mile day, today would be a great day to try. The terrain will be moderately flat with no major climbs. The forecast was meant to be gorgeous. Sunny skies, lower temperatures, minimal humidity, in one word, ideal. So why are 25 mph winds whipping across the road and storm clouds brewing in the distance? We had two options today: option one, a respectable 77 miles to the outskirts of Sonora where we'd lined up accommodations at a cyclist only camping. Or option two, 93.5 miles to a hostel and warm shower east of Madrid. This morning, option two seemed very reasonable. As of now, battling these crosswinds and awaiting the inevitable rain showers, option one might be all we can muster.
Watching the mileage on my bike computer add up, my frustration and anger build with every click. After .9 miles and 20 minutes of walking our heavy bikes through this humid field, we arrive. Mr. Trail Angel is there attempting to gather fire wood for us. In his defense, he was a very polite, good natured old man. But absolutely delusional as to the needs of cyclists. We don't need to hike a mile through knee high wet grass after an exhausting day of riding. We do not need to risk popping a tire in this mine field of thorn bushes. And we do not need to risk having a tick give us Lyme disease. This may seem like ungrateful complaining towards a kind hearted man who was only trying to help. But the fact is, we're not desperate, we have numerous options as to where we can stay on any given night. Mr. Trail Angel's barn would be the last choice on my list every time.
Miles: 75.7 miles
Average speed: 10.4 mph