Any who read this blog will realize the updates have been slow lately. Mostly it is because I have been fairly busy on the weekends lately. Or, the weather has been rainy. I have been out a few times, however, with a nice 100+ mile trip last week to get some wine for Thanksgiving. Read the rest of this entry »
This last Sunday was an event that is held around the world, The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. This is my first year participating in it, but it was a blast. You sign up to ride, meet up dressed up “distinguished” and then ride about town hitting some locations, getting photos and riding for a good cause. I am not going to go over all the stuff, as it is better written on the supporting websites, which I will link below. Here, I just wanted to share some photos, with ride video coming later, once I get it processed. The one video I am including here is more of a test of my new iPhone than it was meant for this post, but it shows the bikes at the river. Next year, I will be more prepared and actually get officially signed up and spam FB for sponsorship.
So, after failing to pull the trigger and ride down on Saturday due to storms that were supposed to come in during the afternoon but never showed, I headed south Sunday morning. I went down to see some friends who live just outside of Bardstown on a farm. While I was kicking myself in the arse about not going Saturday, Sunday turned out to be 100% perfect for riding. It MAY have gotten to 65 degrees, and the sky was perfect blue and white with almost “Simpsons” like clouds.
So on Saturday I got to ride out with a friend I met in my Motorcycle Safety Foundation course (MSF) back in April. He posted on FB he was going to be riding out to Madison, IN early on Saturday morning (around 8am). I told him I would meet up with him at a gas station right outside of Prospect. On the way there, I decided to take a detour and hit up a short, but fun and twisty, ride along the Sleepy Hollow and Covered Bridge roads in eastern Jefferson, western Oldham counties. Turned out to be a great little ride with only a couple traffic issues (slower than the speed-limit cars…)
So, at a bright and warming up 8:30AM, 2 of us (Landon from ADVRider was the other rider) set out for the small former town of Lawton, KY. It is about 30 minutes east of Morehead, KY. As we decided to run the scenic path, it took us about 3.5 hours to ride the 160+ miles from the park to the mines. At 8:30 AM, it was already pushing to nearly 80 degrees. Most of the roads out I had been on, as it seems there is a lot to do in the eastern part of the state. So nothing new came up until we got to Winchester, where we went into unknown roads to me. We zig-zagged around I-64 through small towns and back roads and found ourselves in Morehead. At one of the larger parking lots, we saw a couple coaches getting set up for a MSF course. As it was near 11am, and over 85, it was gonna be a hot one for them. We continued on, and turned off US60 onto some other 4-numbered road. Within 30 minutes and a u-turn we had found the mines. You cannot miss them from the road, but you can miss the road.
So I have the destinations for the Ghost Towns trip. I was able to find all but 1 of the locations listed in the website where these were found. I am looking to maybe hit one or two of these over the weekend, since I have nothing going on. Here are all the links for the info and maps and routes.
- Ghost Town Info – http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kentucky/12-ghost-towns-in-ky/
- Furkot Map – https://trips.furkot.com/widget/ts/5UEvhm
I am actually planning on hitting up the Lawton Mushroom Mine (provided I can find the place) on Saturday, and take the camping gear, just in case it is needed for a sleep-over. I do not have an exact location, which will make this a true hunt and seek adventure out in north eastern Kentucky. I do have a good idea where it may be, or at least the road it is off of. Here is the link to that map. https://trips.furkot.com/ts/ScncBq
On Friday, July 3rd, 4 of us set out from E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, KY. For me, it is my normal staging point, as it has a large parking lot, is close to major streets, close to a gas station, and, most importantly, close to my house. I feel that I should be awarded some recompense for leading a ride, so I take that small concession. The whole round trip ride was to be right at 230 miles and take roughly 6 hours to complete. This included 3 stops; Rabbit Hash, Aurora and Madison.