At 6:30 am the breakfast crew lays out everything we have for breakfast and lunch so we can fuel up before and during our ride. It's a mix of the healthy (carrots, fruit, yogurt) and somewhat innocent (granola, bagels, cheese, peanut butter ) and profane (sweet rolls, blueberry cream muffins). I had granola and a small blueberry muffin with two cups of coffee. Turkey sandwich for lunch and two granola bars.
It's chilly and overcast with glowering pouting low hanging clouds slipping surly past us. Will it rain or not? Probably. It's lightly sprinkling now. If so, how hard and how long? No matter. We bike out anyway.
Improbable burger and milkshake stop in this weather but it hits the spot just right. The Durgin Dairy Barn serves up hot food and hamburgers for only $2.89. The concrete at the base of the foundation has "Romans 8:28 5/9/06 R<3L. Romans 8:28: "“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.”
Blackberry or Dogwood Winter.
While eating we met JR, a Volunteer First Responder, who told us that this chilly rainy weather is unusual for this time of year. "What do they call it?" He asked himself, since we had no clue, "Blackberry Winter or Dogwood." He paused a bit then rocked back on his heels. "Dogwood."
Tonight we come to rest in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Today's mileage was 49 miles (all in the wind, rain, or mostly the rain and the wind) but the Appalachians are behind us and the rolling hills are more hills, and the the bewildering polyglot of greenery has given way to farms and horse pastures.
Harrodsburg is famous for two things primarily. It is the first permanent settlement east of the Appalachians and thus marks the meaningful expansion of the Nation's growth beyond the original Thirteen Colonies. Second, the Marriage Temple is a small chapel that is built around the log cabin that Abraham Lincoln's parents were married and first resided. Both are located at the Harrisburg Fort Park.
Dominating the park is the replica of the fort with a several buildings, pioneer craft demonstrations, and most fun today (after 49 miles cycling in the rain) was feeding the sheep. For one dollar I purchased a bag of partial ground corn and spent fifteen minutes feeding the sheep. Penelope, I dubbed her, loves me the most.
Norm and John cooked tonight. Grilled steak with Caesar Salad "bar" so we could make our own steak salad. Great power food for tomorrow 's 70 to 80 mile trek. We'll pass by a number of Lincoln related sites (the Birthplace, the homestead) and more tantalizing we enter Bourbon Country.
49 miles. Rain, Wind, or both.
We are staying at the YMCA. The internet-password is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future."