Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Clarksville, TN to Marion, KY - Wednesday July 3, 2013:

            This morning when Cal woke up and looked at his tablet regarding the weather – it was 59 degrees!!!!!  Can you believe it was this cool after the heat we had a week ago!!  The terrain was rather flat this morning, which actually surprised us, but by afternoon it was back to being hilly, like we were expecting.  By the end of the day Cal had ridden the bike 66 miles, the longest day yet.

Starting a New Day
We made reservations at a B & B in Princeton, KY, but we were there before noon, as the ride was so easy, so we canceled our reservation – the guy was actually happy as their family was in town from Alabama and the grandkids wanted Grandpa to take them fishing.  However by 3:00 we were not sure we had not made a mistake.  We were in Marion, KY and everything that was an acceptable place to stay was full.  Oops!  So we drove for 30 minutes to Kuttawa, KY, to a resort area across the lake from the Land between the Lakes National Recreation Area.  So tomorrow morning it will be a 30 minute drive back to Marion before Cal begins riding to the Ohio River ferry at Cave-in-Rock, Illinois. 

Today we drove through an Amish area in KY.  I stopped at a little roadside stand and bought a few items, plus a pint of canned sauerkraut.  We rode by large  truck-patch areas that were growing veggies to sell, they also had wood working shops to make furniture, plus there were several greenhouses 
Warning - Amish Vehicles on the Road

We also drove by another tobacco growing area.  This time they were planting the little plants in the newly worked fields.  These were huge fields compared to what we see in the Lancaster County PA area.  
Newly Planted Tobacco Field

Tobacco Plants Ready to Plant

Planting Tobacco
We saw huge farm equipment either working in the fields or sitting near the barn.  The wheat in this area has just been harvested and now they are no-till planting soybeans in these fields. 
Unharvested Wheat Field

Preparing to Plant No-Till Beans in Harvested Wheat Field
Beans Coming up in Wheat Field
This is Western Kentucky - Not Iowa

We do not know how far we will get tomorrow, but southern Illinois should be flat once we get away from the Ohio River.  Cal hopes to “Make Hay” tomorrow!!

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