Day 1 Williamstown to Blue Lick SP < Route Map
We then continued on to a deli for a great sandwich at the 42 mile point and visited with some of the locals, one of which was determined to reroute us to the highway which was "the only way to get to Maysville! We learned from the two ladies running the deli that this man was a "local character"and was in in rare form as usual. Continuing on we startled a large herd of cattle creating a stampede as we rounded a corner.
We entered Maysville on very narrow pot-holed road that paralleled the railroad. It was heavily treelined and much cooler, plus it was heading downhill. Our stay would be at the French Quarter Inn next to the suspension bridge to Ohio. We had stayed there on the 2012 ride and were happy with the location and rooms. A nice dinner at Chandlers which we also visited in 2012.
It A couple of climbs later and we were rolling along some creek valleys looking for the Ebeneezer Church for a short break. It was just off to the left on a sde road at the top of a short steep hill giving the leader a bit of BS! At the 17 mile point, dark clouds to the West got our attention and a quick stop for a radar check confirmed that we might be in trouble. We decided to take an even shorter route to over to highway 41 then downhill seven miles getting us back to the Maysville bridge just as the rain started. The Maysville bridge has a sidewalk on the West side, kinda narrow but is does keep you out of traffic. Our original 50+ mile ride dropped to 30 miles. A nice dinner at Caproni's was a great way to finish of the day.
The ferry (not on the route) and the local store provided some additional interest especially when the SAG driver found out she was talking with Nick Clooney, George's father, in the general store. She mentioned he did look familiar! Leaving Augusta and heading to lunch at Lenoxburg found us grinding up one of the toughest hills on the route, it never seemed to end. After that it was rollers and finally dropping down to Snag Creek road and another climb to Lennoxburg. The road was very narrow with a ragged hill causing some to question the leader's choice. However, after crossing the AA highway, the pavement improved and the gentle climb continued on until the last short "Booger of a hill" ending at the Lenoxburg store. The store was a gathering point for locals with several old chairs to congregate and a deli with tables in the back. Another great sandwich and a chance for some minor tuning of a couple of bikes. When we were assembling to leave an elderly local man hobbled down the steps in front of the store and slowly mounted a VW trike. He put on his amber sunglasses, fired up the noisy machine and roared up the hill toward home. It was a site to see!
We found lots of great pavement for the majority of the route with some being only days old. We opted to skip lunch since the SAG had plenty of snacks and Gatorade. This route was my favorite of the week with the never-ending rolling, one-lane and treelined roads. What a gem for the end of the ride.
Comments at the end of the ride were very positive about the whole ride with several saying the first and last days being the best! Hopefully all will return for another trip through Kentucky on remote roads with Ralf!