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  • Heading to KY today

    I'm heading over to KY today from KS to put in a couple day rides with my brother and to pick up my little red Cycle Mate CM2000 that I had stored at his house for the move to KS. So if ya see a red 1800 with small flags on the trunk and a no longer skinny rider waving, wave back. Hell, if ya see a wave from anyone, wave back.
    2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
    USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
    US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
    2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
    2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

    50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

  • #2
    Well, I've had a great time riding in KY these past two days. Yesterday my brother was finishing up laying a wooden floor so I was forced to ride alone. I did a ride I haven't done in at least 43 years and it would have strongly competed with any of the non-parkway routes anywhere around Gatlinburg (including The Dragon).

    I went out of our town in Montgomery County, KY and completed a circle around the outskirts of the county, never touching the city limits. With the exception of three small dips outside the county to connect to necessary roads, I also stayed almost exclusively within the county. Both of these are harder than you think, especially making sure to stay off all four lane roads. It was one of the best ~3 hour rides I've taken in years! Before the cold weather sets in, I suggest everyone try to do the same. Do a complete circle of your entire county (whatever its size), stay off all four lane roads, you cannot enter the city limits at all, and you must stay entirely within the county with the only exception being to connect to a country road that immediately returns you to your county. You'll stumble on some real jewels this way.

    Today we rode down to Sky Bridge here in KY; well, almost to Sky Bridge. The final spur was closed due to a forest fire (ahole camper who left a fire without fully extinguishing it). Then I set the Garmin navigation for curvy roads/no highways and set a point several hours away and we just rode. Found a true diamond in the rough. I'll definitely have to save that track!

    Anyway, tomorrow I take my trailer back to KS (my official reason for coming over) and go down through western KY and across 62 towards Springfield before making my final leg to just north of Wichita on Tuesday. Oh glorious! Long, straight, no imagination roads. Here I come!

    Sorry no photos. My camerawoman didn't come this trip.
    2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
    USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
    US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
    2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
    2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

    50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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    • biglefti
      biglefti commented
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      Just choose any four number road in KY and you'll have fun. Three number ones are pretty good too. one and two number roads not sot much.

  • #3
    Sounds like some great riding in that neck of the woods.

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    • #4
      Originally posted by RPinkit View Post
      Sounds like some great riding in that neck of the woods.
      Had a blast! Some of those county roads had me coming up off my seat. Like I said though, I bet a lot of folks have this good of a ride around them that they haven't ridden just because they haven't thought of it.
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      2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
      USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
      US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
      2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
      2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

      50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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      • Bronson
        Bronson commented
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        clayusmcret, while living in Montgomery Co. did you attend court days or did you get out of town and let the visitors have it? I’m in my mid 60’s and went to my first one when I first graduated high school and have been to several. I hope to go again this year.

      • clayusmcret
        clayusmcret commented
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        Igrew up going to Court Days. Made a fortune parking cars in my grandmother's yard. We could get ~25 in the yard before we blocked off the early arrivers. Even had repeat customers year to year. Since I left for the military in 77, I've probably only been to about a dozen or so. We are going back again this year, but we're taking the car and not the bike. This year there's going to be a band at Sterling Meadows (my old City school) and it's going to be one of the bands an older class put together back in the mid 70's. Should be a hoot. Several members of our class (76) are going to see who all shows up.

    • #5
      Originally posted by clayusmcret View Post
      <...>Before the cold weather sets in, I suggest everyone try to do the same. Do a complete circle of your entire county (whatever its size), stay off all four lane roads, you cannot enter the city limits at all, and you must stay entirely within the county with the only exception being to connect to a country road that immediately returns you to your county. You'll stumble on some real jewels this way.
      Impossible here.

      My county is a little bit over 9100 square MILES; 16th in area in the country. I have two significant Indian reservations, a National Park and two National forests. All within that space.

      We have a single highway that connects the eastern, populous and municipal end of the county with the sparsely populated western edge - 120 miles away.

      Any of the interconnecting roads head into adjacent counties, and all of them lead to significant highways.

      Yeah - riding in my region sucks!
      Ken (IBA #50030) & Grace (IBA #62768)Tucson, AZ"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption 1994ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕMy blog

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      • #6
        Originally posted by kwthom View Post
        Impossible here.
        I was going to recommend doing something kinda sorta symbolically similar, but it might be easier just to pick another county. The key is finding hard surface roads that are small enough you wouldn't normally think to ride them and stitch'em all together.

        I do understand how you feel. I now live in the middle of hundreds of straight, flat, north/south lines. It's going to be hard to get thrilled about riding local.
        2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
        USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
        US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
        2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
        2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

        50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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        • #7
          Not going to lie, but it sounds like a great time.

          We still have ~50 miles of unpaved state highway here. There really isn't a lot of interesting paved road that I've not been on outside of the metropolitan areas of the state.

          https://kwthom.blogspot.com/2019/01/...-highways.html

          The only possible loops available might have to have one or more of the exclusions you listed taken into account; there's just not much out there.

          We've only been a state for slightly over 100 years, and as I mentioned, a large percentage of land (~85%) is still controlled by the state or federal government.

          A really good article that discusses this topic is here:

          https://arizonadailyindependent.com/...zona-the-feds/

          Now, we do this on off road bikes, and there may be a chance for success. Slim, but better.
          Ken (IBA #50030) & Grace (IBA #62768)Tucson, AZ"Get busy living, or get busy dying." -Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption 1994ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕMy blog

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          • #8
            Thanks for sharing your ride.
            I wish my Brother also rode. He did as a teenager but his wife will have nothing to do with it!
            When my Father was alive it would have been my dream having them both out on the rode. Us 3 together, but it never happened.
            So I admire families that share this adventure.

            Corventure Dave

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