I awoke to find quiet in the Beichler household. Andy had already gone to work, and the rest of the family weren’t stirring. It put me in a situation where I was going to be heading out without saying goodbye which I always hope to avoid. I delayed my exit for a while, but with the weather forecast saying there was 100% chance of precipitation and thunder storms I wasn’t wanting to stick around too long.
I went outside to load up my bike and saw a few of my things had moved from the pile I’d put them in the night before. I guess one of the dogs decided that they were delicious play things. I located my flip-flops and a bungee cord after a minute or so of searching, but was unable to find my second bungee. I clipped my panniers on, and positioned my dry bag, chair, flip-flops and other things as usual on the back of my bike and attached the one remaining bungee cord as tightly as possible hoping it’d get me to Lexington without anything falling off.
Heading out, the skies were overcast and there was a slight chill in the air. I made my way through the pretty town of Berea and past the college.
A little while later the overcast skies darkened even further and I felt the rain start to come down heavily. Thankfully, I was close to a McDonald’s and took refuge inside to hide from the rain and also catch up on email correspondence. A guy came in and asked me where I was riding, I said “Today? From Berea to Lexington” and the conversation stopped. I’m always asked where I started, and throughout January and February saying Tampa always lead to people thinking I’d been riding for a few days. It reminded me of the start of the trip when we were heading up the Atlantic. People would ask C & I where we were going, I’d usually just say DC whereas C would then expand to say DC, Seattle, San Francisco and then to Phoenix.
Arriving in Lexington I made my way to my host Daniel’s place. It was a wonderful evening talking. He had spent 4 years living and teaching in Korea and it was fun to talk about the common experiences. He’d also done his own cycle tour, except his was on a bike that cost him $8. It had no panniers and so he carried everything he needed in a backpack.
I had a rest day in Lexington the next day and found myself feeling the effects of a cold coming on. I must have picked it up in Keavy and was glad to have a rest day to give it a chance to clear up. I didn’t do much during the day outside of sleeping and watching TV. When Daniel came back I’d started to feel a bit better so we headed out to get wings and watch March Madness, the culmination of the college basketball season. The bar was just over a mile away and we walked there which felt slightly strange, a sure indication that I’ve been in the US for a long time!