July 17, Day 46: Into the Appalachians! — Chimney Rock to Buckhorn, KY (105.6 miles)

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This morning we woke up at 4:30 (but really 3:30 our body clock time) and were out by 5:30.

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Throughout the day we rode in and out of farm country and what felt like the jungle.

It was interesting to see the drastic difference in living conditions — you can see the most broken down shack on one side of the street and the nicest house and barn on the other.

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Coming into the first big town of the day, Berea. Why would you build your elementary school to look like a spaceship?

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In Berea we stopped at a cafe to get sandwiches and sweets and some breakfast biscuits for the road. While we were eating there was a guy outside checking out our bikes for long time. When he came inside we were expecting him to ask us something about our tour or bikes, but no, all he eagerly wanted to know was where I got my $1.00 bandana from Ace Hardware. Haha.

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First “real” climb into the Appalachian Mountains! Wasn’t bad at all.

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Right after I took this picture we came around the bend into the dog gauntlet. Finally, we had found the 200lb Boxer and his other doggie friends. They were all barking in the street but as soon as we held out our spray they ran away. Thanks to all the other cyclists that came before us! Several other dogs barked and chased us throughout the day but they were all diminutive and cute.

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Milkshake and one of our biscuits. Break in Booneville. Here we told two elderly motorcyclist about bicycle touring and one of them, Charlie, explained to us how his dorky scooter was cooler and more functional than a Harley. Charlie was a cute character and didn’t start biking until he was 74.

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Bike is getting diiiirty

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Vines.

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You can’t really see them, but many houses have these tall bird houses in their yards. These are shaped like chickens.

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My Old Kentucky Shack

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After going up and down and up and down we made it to the Buckhorn Lake Dam campground. We made pasta again with leftover veggies and then called it a night. Tomorrow’s plan is either another century or we might break up the day in two and skip our last rest day.

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