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Uphill and Against the Wind - TransAm E-W
By Dave T

Day 19: Harrodsburg to Bardstown - A buzz cut, an old tavern, and a 100 item salad bar!

Wednesday June 4, 1986, 55 miles (89 km) - Total so far: 919 miles (1,479 km)

I was sleeping when I heard Gene shaking my tent for me to get up, it was 5:30am. I've been really enjoying getting up early, and it's the best time of the day to ride. Normally, I wouldn't be so quick to get out of bed at home. On the road I'm very excited to get going, get on my bike and see something new. I've been on the road for almost 3 weeks and I'm extremely happy about how things are going.

I had the worst breakfast of the trip in Harrodsburg, at a chicken place (of all places). Sometimes breakfast can be real good or just plain real bad. I felt like........ wait a sec............

The weather was cloudy, hot, humid as Gene and I finished throwing up breakfast...... one more sec......... I rode most of today with Gene as usual and the ride was pretty uneventful. The ride was nice, with a stop at Lincoln Homestead State Park. We arrived in Bardstown at 1pm, and looked for a laundry place. I finally got everything washed and it's nice to be clean for a change.

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Kentucky scenery

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Gene had his own list of things to do so I headed to McDonalds for lunch on my own (thank god for real food). Gene and I met back up and I noticed he got his hair cut, not just a hair cut but a buzz cut! Gene said he was tired of having a big mop on his head with all this humidity. Ha ha ha ha ha, I laughed, because he looked funny. Finally, getting all our things done Gene and I headed to My Old Kentucky Home SP to get came setup. Somehow I ended up camping for free, yeah, I'll take it.

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My Old Kentucky Home SP

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My Old kentucky Home

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The BC group showed up and laughed at Gene's new hair cut, and I think Brother Fred was taking notes. Everyone was joking with Gene and everyone had some good laughs. I probably should have gotten a buzz cut to?

Bardstown is wet and had one of the oldest taverns in America, Talbott Tavern. So, while it rained we all departed for said tavern and proceeded to have a few refreshing cold beers. Above the tavern they have rooms for rent, Abe Lincoln, and Daniel Boone stayed there at one time. Jesse James was rumored to have put the bullet holes in the wall. The tavern has a colorful history dating back to the early 1700's.

For dinner we all went to Mario's for 100 item salad bar, it was great.

TODAY OVER 1000 MILES

[Author's Note] My log book says over 1000 miles, but the mileage on CGoB journal says on 919. I guess some days I wrote in my journal early in the day and didn't take into account mileage after arriving in camp.~~


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