We grabbed another Waffle House breakfast before leaving Dry Ridge. Today, we decided to detour off of the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, and take a more direct route into Louisville, following State Route 22 the whole way. This turned out to be a good decision, as the road was just gently rolling most of the way, with not too much traffic.
We came across our first bike lanes in the town of Owenton; the bike lanes seemed to be designed to connect the downtown area with the schools located a couple miles on the edge of town. Promoting biking to school? Good job, Owenton!
We stopped for lunch in Pleasureville at the Pleasureville Depot Inn, and old converted railroad station. A couple miles up the road, I realized that I had left the Kentucky/Tennessee road map that we had purchased last night sitting on the restaurant table. D’oh! Fortuitously, about 15 miles later, Ray happened to notice a complete US road atlas laying on the side of the road! So, we tore out the pages we would need for the remain US states that we’d be passing through. The road taketh away, and the road giveth back.
When we arrived in the eastern suburbs of Louisville, we were met by Ray’s brother-in-law Jason, who treated us to a room at the Hilton Garden Inn, and also to dinner at Olive Garden with him and his wife Esther and their kids Samantha and Caleb. The desk staff at the Inn, Connie and Sarah, were quite helpful and also interested to hear about our trip, and were also gracious to pose for a photo with us.
We also made a stop at the nearest Sherwin-Williams store, located on Westport Road, and said hi to Assistant Manager Dan Klingenfus.
After dinner, Jason helped us scout our route through downtown Louisville for tomorrow morning; it took a little extra planning to get around street closings for an Ironman Triathlon taking place tomorrow. He also pointed out some local sights and landmarks, including the world’s largest baseball bat at the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum.
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