Derby Escape Ride 2016

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20160507_174927433_iOSThis was the 2nd annual trip from Louisville, KY to Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge state parks in eastern KY.  I started it as a way to get out of Louisville during the Kentucky Derby and miss all the crowds and issues that come with an extra few hundred thousand people partying all over the city.

The ride in took about 5 hours and we saw some great roads, including a revisit to KY607 which is like a little Tail of the Dragon.  Not as technical, but a lot of fun and very quiet in regards to traffic.

We stayed in Natural Bridge state park at a cabin one of the guys riding had rented out.  Rode all day, ate, grabbed beer, went to the cabin and relaxed.  It has a hot tub and pool table, and we had a great time.

With Sunday being Mother’s Day, I had to be back in town by 2PM, so the ride home consisted of a long boring ride on the interstate.  2 hours is all it took, but I was more tired after that ride than I was after riding the 5 hours on the twisties.

All in all, a fun and successful weekend.  Already thinking ahead for the ride next year.

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