Goodbye Kentucky

Crossing into Kentucky 7 days ago

As I sit on the banks of the Ohio River in Illinois reflecting on my travels through Kentucky, many wonderful memories come to mind. First and foremost are the wonderful people of Kentucky. I have never met such a transparent and welcoming group of people, telling their stories of hardship in one breath while expressing their pride in their community and state in the next. From the grocery store cashier telling her story of lost love ones to Covid when I asked about her still wearing a mask, to Angie in Elkhorn city who welcomed a perfect stranger into her home and introduced me to half the city, to Trisha who rescued me from a storm and fed me the most wonderful meal, just to name a few. When I first crossed into Kentucky I had to contend with the relentless hills, rain, and dogs of the region but was rewarded with many breathtaking views of mountains and forests. The end of the appellations brought me to Berea, a beautiful college town where tuition is free in return for work on the campus. After leaving Berea The landscape changed to rolling hills and beautiful horse pastures passing through small towns including Bardstown, the bourbon capital, Hodgenville, birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Rough River and Sebree. Yesterday I took the ferry at Cave in Rock and crossed into Illinois where I had a beautiful cliff side campsite on the banks of the Ohio River.

Thank you for your donations today. As of today, total donation stand at $8,600, over half of my goal. Time to get back to pedaling to see what adventures await in Illinois and reach that $15,000 goal. Thanks for your ongoing support!

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